Getting around and escapism

There’s a bunch of other people’s blogs I’ve been reading for a while but haven’t added to the sidebar yet. I keep thinking I’ll wait til I’ve changed over to bloxsom. One of them is Leftbanker, who I found on the aussie blogs list, so I’m assuming he’s an autralian ex-pat (living in seattle) and currently on hols in Mexico – which is interesting reading. Kind of reminds me of a couple of years ago – I was reading Graham Greene’s The Lawless Roads, which is one of his few non-fiction books, set in mexico.
Baja is one place I’ve been curious about for a long time. A good imagination, a copy of a Lonely Planet book and an unwilllingness to work crappy jobs are just a few of the things that’ve kept me from travelling anywhere.
When I was doing professional writing and editing, we took an excursion to the Lonely Planet headquarters in (then) Hawthorn (they’ve moved to Footscray now). In a Q n’ A session I asked if they’d ever looked into how many people who bought the books actually went travelling and the guy just looked at me as if I was dumb. It later occurred to me that they couldn’t really give a fuck what people do once they buy the book, as long as they buy the damn book. At the end of this little session they spread a bunch of books across the table and said ‘go for it’. My seagull-like collegues scrambled to grab the freebies (apparently the merchandise had been banged around a little too much during packing but it all looked fine to me) while, I, not wanting to appear desperate, leaned over casually – but by then there wasn’t much of a choice. I got a copy of ‘Morocco’, which really grew on me and I later based Mintaka on it.
Also, there’s the history of it – Burroughs lived there for a while – The Interzone in Tangier … and I was reading a fair bit of the Beats at the time.
Another place I like to escape to, via LP book is Micronesia – mmm, Pacific.

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