Handsomest Man in Cuba: An Escapade

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Rowman & Littlefield, Apr 1, 2007 - Travel - 280 pages
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An engaging, witty account of the people, customs, food, and culture of Cuba framed by a fascinating approach to travel. With only a folding bicycle and a towable suitcase, Australian Lynette Chiang spent three months touring Cuba, eshewing tourist hotels and typical iteneraries in favor of an unpredictable day-to-day existence among ordinary citizens. She discovered a people who, despite great privation, are warm, generous—and generally happy. Her narrative covers equally well the challenges of travel on two wheels and the surprises of life in the land of Fidel.
 

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Australian vagabond Chiang's travel memoir on Cuba works on several levels. For American adventure travelers, there is the excitement of traveling to a place your country basically forbids you to go ... Read full review

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I can only describe this book as brilliant. If you have any sense of adventure you owe it to yourself to read about Lynette Chiang and her travels through Cuba.

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At age 34, Lynette Chiang fled a decent job, three-bedroom house, fastish car, and nice bloke in Sydney, Australia, and--armed with a congenitally poor sense of direction--set off to see the world on a folding bicycle. Her distinguished careers include that of computer programmer, failed waitress, commis-chef, manager of a mountaintop hotel, and creative director of Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising in Costa Rica. She has lived in enough countries to learn that not fitting in is part of the experience. Chiang is now a customer evangelist for Bike Friday in Eugene, Oregon. She is on leave to explore the wilds of Hawaii as she writes her second book.

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