It's Not About the Tapas: A Spanish Adventure on Two Wheels

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Travel - 304 pages
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Single, stressed, and living amid the hustle and hurry of modern Hong Kong, Polly Evans had a vision: of mountains and orange groves, matadors and promenades–and of a glorious, hassle-free journey across Spain by bicycle. But like any decent dream, Polly’s came with its own reality: of thighs screaming with pain and goats trying to derail her, of strange local delicacies and overzealous suitors. In fact, like any great traveler, Polly had bitten off more than she could chew–and would delight in every last taste of it.

Exploring the country that gave the world flamenco, chocolate, sherry, Franco, and Picasso, Polly takes us from the towering Pyrenees to the vineyards of Jerez de la Frontera, spinning tales of conquistadors and kings, vibrant history and mouthwatering cuisine. In the end, this hilarious, irreverent, always engaging memoir of a journey on two wheels unveils a lot about one modern woman, even more about an utterly fascinating nation, and countless reasons why it’s better when you do it on a bike.


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IT'S NOT ABOUT THE TAPAS: Around Spain on Two Wheels

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In a highly likable debut, former British journalist Evans tours Spain on her bicycle.It's a very straightforward affair: the author pedals her way through the Pyrenees, then hops a plane south to ... Read full review

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User Review  - lizhawk - LibraryThing

To get away from a hectic life and job in Hong Kong, Polly Evans decides to bicycle 1000 miles in Spain. As she speaks Spanish rather well after a student sojourn some years previous, she manages ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
19
Section 4
33
Section 5
45
Section 6
53
Section 7
69
Section 8
78
Section 15
165
Section 16
172
Section 17
182
Section 18
192
Section 19
211
Section 20
231
Section 21
245
Section 22
254

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
118
Section 13
124
Section 14
151
Section 23
261
Section 24
268
Section 25
275
Section 26
285
Section 27
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About the author (2007)

Polly Evans studied modern languages at Cambridge University, where she learned a little about Spanish and a little more about men. The hours of hard research she poured into these two subjects, plus a four-year stint at Hong Kong's largest weekly magazine, inspired her first three books, including Fried Eggs with Chopsticks and Kiwis Might Fly, both forthcoming from Dell. Polly now lives in London, where she is at work on the tale of her attempts to learn to ride in horse-mad Argentina.


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