Getting Lost with Dave Fox
Seattle tour conductor and blogger Dave Fox has written an amusing autobiographical travel book, Getting Lost, Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad. Dave Fox is a indefatigable reporter who has become a world authority on Globejotting, the art of keeping personal travel journals. Fox lectures on journaling to cruise ship passengers when he isn't leading Europe Through the Back Door tours for Rick Steves. Getting Lost is a polished version of journals Fox kept between 1976 and 2008. We share a young American boy's impressions of school in England and an early trip to Tunisia. Decades later Fox revisits Tunisia and encounters the same blind beggar at the gates of Hammamet. Fox's impressions of Norway provide insights into Scandinavia's teenage beer culture, and a sidetrip to Leningrad, USSR, conveys the mood of the time. I especially enjoyed Fox's encounters with the Sami people of northern Norway. Then there's the epic train ride through former Yugoslavia and a salad attack which almost obliterates Dave in Turkey. Finally, we accompany Fox on his move from Wisconsin to Seattle through blizzards any prairie dweller will recognize. As a genre, travel books often tell you as much about the author as the places he/she visits, and Dave Fox comes across as a perceptive, rather shy wanderer who gets full value from his travels. Getting Lost is an easy read and is especially recommended for the young and young at heart.