Does Your Meter Work?!

Published By: Western Publishing

Book Category: Non-Fiction, Travel

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Reviewed by Connie Anderson

Jim Soliski is a travel writer who believes going first class means thumbing your way around the country, sleeping in low-cost hotels and getting to know the locals.

Soliski had saved $11,000 from teaching English in Taiwan, and he was off to spend it in the Asian countries. With him, you travel on boats, taxis with human drivers or human energy, and every vehicle imaginable. Quoting Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author agrees ... "The soul needs air, a wide sweep and frequent change of it."

He believes in "ala carte" travel to places with no restrictions, distractions or interruptions on plans--because you usually don't have any.

So he takes a trip that became this Does Your Meter Work, about the taxi drivers whose fees are negotiable. The author has wonderful stories; some that show the good or bad side of each culture and its people. Mostly he has been treated kindly by strangers as he thumbs (hitchhikes) his way from country to country.

Doing what he did takes nerve, undying faith in human nature and his personal ability to survive and thrive with something different every day of his travel.

My favorite line described standing in line "like the in and out box of humanity" as everyone on a bus was searched to ensure they were not a terrorist. I loved his writing, descriptions and observations.

Armchair Interviews says: If you have traveled and want to say, "I was there," or a "Guess I'll avoid that area,"--or if you just love to read about adventures, this book is for you.

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