Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
Over at Memoirville, we’ve published Rebecca Touger’s interview with Susan Jane Gilman, author of Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven. Gilman chronicles her 1986 trip through China: “[We went] on a romantic impulse, hoping to become female Bryons and Kerouacs and impress the world with our derring-do. Instead, we found ourselves in a foreign land, completely cut off from the world and stripped of everything: language, cultural understanding, our status in the world, our physical health, our sense of self, our sense of direction, and even the most rudimentary ability to communicate.”
Last week, we asked you for your six-word housing memoirs, and we got a fair number of horror stories. This week, we want you to leave home behind: we’re looking for your worst travel experiences, in just six words. Leave your responses in the comments section below, and five winners will receive copies of each of Gilman’s three books: Undress Me, Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress, and Kiss My Tiara. Don’t think you can say it all in six words? Include backstory, and we’ll send one winner copies of our six-word books as well.
I’ll get the ball rolling with one of my own, from a long evening in Marseille, France: “Stranger in station stole vodka, kiss.” No, it was not as romantic as it might sound.