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When Clara Bensen arranges to meet Jeff Wilson on the steps of the Texas State Capitol after just a few email exchanges on OKCupid, it feels like something big is going to happen. Clara, a sensitive and reclusive personality, is immediately drawn to Jeff's freewheeling, push-the-envelope nature. Within a few days of knowing one another, they embark on a 21-day travel adventure from Istanbul to London - with zero luggage, zero reservations, and zero plans. They want to test a simple question: What happens when you welcome the unknown instead of attempting to control it?
Donning a single green dress and a small purse with her toothbrush and credit card, Clara travels through eight countries in three weeks. Along the way Clara ruminates on the challenges of traveling unencumbered while realizing when it comes to falling in love, you can never really leave your baggage behind.
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By Lisbeth on 08-20-16
I think I can finish, I think I can finish....
Very few authors can handle the job of reading their own audio book (David Sedaris is a brilliant exception) and this woman is not up to it. If its possible to read in a singsong monotone, she has mastered the skill.
The story itself irritatingly skips between past and present with far too much ME ME ME talk. Scant attention was given to actual details about the traveling. It got tiresome hearing about her monthly cycle, calling herself a "hormonal mess" as though she were pregnant instead of tolerating what millions of women take in stride.
The idea that a women recovering from a massive and extensive mental breakdown would take off "with no baggage " is hard to fathom, especially with one dress and a purse "only big enough for two tampons" not to actualmention with a guy she recently met on "okay cupid" defies logic. I could go on but I guess I should get back to listening to the last couple of chapters. I think I can, I think I can....
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