Slow Journey South: Walking to Africa - a Year in Footsteps

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Random House, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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A true story of a woman's transformation from an urban schoolteacher into a successful expeditioner--everywhere is within walking distance of you have the time   When Paula Constant and her husband, Gary, attempt to break away from the conventional 9-to-5 routine, a few weeks lazing in a resort or packed in a tour bus is not what they have in mind. What starts out as an idle daydream to embark on "a travel to end all travels" turns into something far greater: an epic year-long walk from Trafalgar Square in London to Morocco and the threshold of the Sahara Desert. This is quite an ambition for a woman who favors sharing cigarettes and a few bottles of wine with friends over logging time on the treadmill. But if the sheer arduousness of walking more than 25 kilometers a day through the landscapes and cultural labyrinths of France, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco--without a support vehicle--is overlooked in her excitement, then so too is the unexpected journey of self-discovery and awakening that lies beyond every bend. Both the companions she meets on the road and the road itself provide what no university can offer: a chance to experience life's simple truths face to face.

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User Review  - siri51 - LibraryThing

Heavy pack, blistered feet, money problems, relationship problems, mood swings - Paula writes about her determination to walk from London to Africa detailing all her highs and lows on the way. I'm ... Read full review

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User Review  - Peggy72 - LibraryThing

Imagine walking 5000 kms from London to Morocco!! Paula describes herself as an overweight, unfit dreamer who drinks too much but despite plenty of obstacles (major one being no money) she sets out ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Paula Constant began walking from Trafalgar Square in 2004. Since then, she has walked more than 12,000 km through eight countries: England, France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, and Niger. From 2005-2007, she walked more than 7,000 km through the Sahara, until she was halted by civil war in Niger. Her second book is Sahara.

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