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Adventure, Adversity and Amazing Good Fortune—The “Wandering” Review

Adventure, Adversity and Amazing Good Fortune—The “Wandering” Review

Young Dan in Belize

Young Dan in Belize

We always love to hear from readers, to exchange stories or answer questions about our life in the Mexican countryside.  It is an especially nice surprise when we get “fan” mail.  And when we get a glowing book review–hijole!  We’re on the top of the world!

August 29, 2007

365Mexico readers are enjoying “Wandering Magical Lands,” our book about Dan’s amazed and slightly dazed first months of traveling through Mexico and Central America (see our ad at the top of the 365 homepage).

The idea for an open-ended trip started on a vacation to California.  While we were there we lucked upon an inexpensive trip to Hawaii.  In Honolulu there was a package to Tahiti, and I was ready to go on traveling forever—but I foolishly went back to work.  The idea of traipsing wherever the wind takes me took root, however, and Latin America seemed like a great place to start.  I traveled overland from Upstate New York, crossed into Mexico at Nuevo Laredo, and have never been the same.

Traveling in Latin America leads to lots of adventures—some dangerous, others touching, and many of them funny—and they are all there in “Wandering Magical Lands.”

But don’t take my word for it.  We are thrilled to announce that Melissa del Rio, who says she is one of our biggest fans, has written a review of “Wandering.”  We are happy to post it below.

“Wandering” is available as an eBook in MicroSoft Reader format, and will be sent to you as an email attachment.  You can pay through PayPal.  It’s all fast and easy!

“Wandering Magical Lands”, by Daniel J Sanders

I stumbled across this incredible book while browsing the insanely addictive website, www.365mexico.com. I was immediately captivated with the author’s description of life in Mexico. Having lived in Mexico myself, I found the blog to be exceedingly insightful and incredibly funny at the same time. After devouring all the content on the website, I was hungry for more Dan Sanders.

Imagine my delight when I saw the advertisement for Daniel’s e-book “Wandering Magical Lands.” The ad screamed, “If you like 365 Mexico, you’ll love the book that tells how it all started!” He was absolutely right- I loved the book.

Daniel begins his seven-month journey in a bus station in Upstate New York. He describes in vivid detail the ups and downs (more downs than ups) of bus travel through the US into Mexico and Central America. Along the way, he meets many interesting characters; some who are portrayed in a positive light, while others are doomed to have their personality flaws captured for eternity in the pages of this incredible book.

“I liked Edna.  Like a character out of a Paul Theroux train travel book, she was given to saying wonderfully obvious things.  “Oh look–there’s lights.  I bet that’s a town.”  But she fed me potato chips and orange juice, and I was happy for her company.”

Daniel keeps the reader engaged and wanting more through the lively narrative, which is witty, intelligent, thought provoking and sprinkled with a good dose of sarcasm. His writing is beautifully descriptive and he never fails to share with the reader, good or bad, the way things look, sound, feel, smell and taste.

This book contains all of the features of a great travel story. I won’t give away the best parts, but this book has it all: adventure, adversity and amazing good fortune. It also has laughs galore, those deep belly laughs not often experienced by readers of travelogues.

Another wonderful aspect of this book is its honesty. Daniel, who describes himself as “straight as a dog’s hind leg” shares more of himself than the average author, everything from embarrassing moments, to personal revelations, to failed love affairs. At the end of the book, you’ll not only feel that you have traipsed through Latin America, you will feel like you have a new best friend.

Melissa del Rio

We thank Melissa for her kind words!

Dan and Omar

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