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Um Lugar na Janela (A place by the window) – Martha Medeiros

When I read about “Um Lugar na Janela” in an airline magazine, I wished to buy it. I had read another book by Martha, and liked. So, the expectations were good.

The book promises to be a selection of travel stories, not a guide. It is a personal and introspective report of moments lived in different places, among them Rio, Fernando de Noronha, Japão, Nova Iorque, Marrocos…

In the first chapter, the author states her reasons to travel, something that I share with her. But after that, the book disappoints. Created initially to be a blog, I believe it had to continue that way. It is different the way we read a blog and a book, at leat it is what I think. In a book I want a more elaborated text, mor interesting in terms of content and form. I don’t know how to write, I’m awful on that, so I photograph. However, when I read (and love reading), I want text that I could say: “I’d love to have written that”. But this did not occour in any moment of “Um Lugar na Janela”.

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Los autonautas de la cosmopista – Julio Cortázar and Carol Dunlop

Los autonautas de la cosmopista. O Un viaje atemporal Paris-Marsella – Julio Cortázar and Carol Dunlop

The idea of the book by itself it is interesting, to take a trip from Paris to Marsella only stopping on the highway stops. Together, the couple decided the rules for the trip, as if they determined the rules for a game, and they prepared to the action. I think the first chapters, the prior to the expedition, are the best. Maybe, due to my enthusiasm for challenges, for previous planning and by my passion for awkward travels.

Another point interesting of Los autonautas de la cosmopista is that two people wrote it. Cortazar and his partner, the photographer Carol Dunlop, wrote together. Sometimes, while reading, we don’t know who is writing, we can only realize that when one of them refers to the other as Lobo (wolf) or Osita (Litle bear).

The book is an excellent travel report, it is a statement on the search for poetry, for enjoying life even on the worst places...

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Atlas – Jorge Luís Borges with María Kodama

This book by Borges with photos by his partner María Kodama is a quilt of places, travels, experiences and impressions. The Brazilian edition is beautiful, hard cover, colored pages, well designed. By reading these short stories, we travel to Alexandria, Venice, Athens, Reikjavik, Genev, Istanbul… We travel in the imagination of this places created or experienced and, at the same time, we get an intimacy with the author by seeing his photos as in a family album. It is an atlas of personal souvenirs of moments out of the routine, glimpses of his “errant” life.

Portuguese version: AtlasJorge Luís Borges com María Kodama (Companhia das Letras: São Paulo, 2010)

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Unpacked: Travel disaster stories

The book, edited by the famous travel guide brand, is a collection of short stories (comic and tragic) about trips that “went wrong”. When I read the book, I wondered the difficult moments I had traveling. Yes, I had some very complicated, they would be good stories for the book, especially the ones involving army, airport and border security and being sick alone in a foreign country.

Unpacked doesn’t talk about disasters as the title suggests. It presents some awkward situations we all pass in a trip or another. The book takes us to a rafting in Alaska, trekking in Madagascar, trains trip in India and New Year’s in Boneo. I believe it is this king of adventures, things we did not plan on a travel, the inconveniences and surprises that test us and identify us as travelers and not only tourists.

“Every traveler has a horror story to tell: lost luggage, bad weather, illness or worse...

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