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About the Author: John Wood

John J. Wood is the founder and executive chairman of Room to Read, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating world poverty through the power of education. He is the author of 'Leaving Microsoft to Change the World' and 'Creating Room to Read.'

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Paperback, Published in May 2008 by Not Avail

ISBN10: 1425170536 | ISBN13: 9781425170530

Page count: 337

We met and married, had two children, they grew up and eventually didn't need Mum and Dad to be around every day. In the meantime, we were conscious of getting older and of the need to do something before we were too old. The idea of a 'gap-year' was born and, due to our advancing years, it was christened our 'Wrinklies Gap Year'.
This book tells the story of that year. It tells of travels through South Africa, Namibia, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, and of driving across America on Route 66. Along the way we met a host of characters and had numerous 'mini-adventures'.
In South Africa we visited Kruger National Park and in Namibia we went on two desert trips, each with a different guide who made the experiences memorable for very different reasons.
In New Zealand we saw the most stunning scenery and fell in love with the country and its people.
In the vastness that is Australia we visited a pub where they 'raced' cane toads, met a young man who spent his working life shooting kangaroos and saw 'real life' for people who live in the harshest of conditions.
In the United States we learned that civilised people were living there for centuries before the 'Native Americans' of the John Wayne movies.
There was much, much more. Above all, there were the people who housed us, fed us and went out of their way to be hospitable to us.
This book will make you laugh, it may well bring a tear to your eye, and it may even inspire you to take your own 'Gap Year'.

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