The Time, The Place,

Time_PlaceIt had to happen! Here is a guidebook that doesn't laboriously take readers from town to town or through countries but whisks them back and forth around the world according to the calendar.

After I had checked my birthday (doesn't everybody do that with books like this?) I flipped happily through the year discovering that on June 21st, the summer solstice in Oland, Sweden, pagan fertility rituals have morphed into 'maidens dancing around ribbon-swathed poles' and that on August 1st, I could attend a yoghurt festival in Tibet.

On March 7th, there are ice golf championships in Uumannaq, Greenland, and the next day a stiletto run in Amsterdam, Holland. There's oil wrestling in Turkey in July, a snow festival in Japan in February, and so much more.

I'll need several years to catch up with all these things. In the meantime, I'm saving to get to Panama where on my birthday I should be able to dose up with seco, which I am reliably informed is a fiery liquor of fermented sugar cane. If I can still see straight, after that I'll watch bull-roping and sandal-making contests.


The Time, The Place - 365 days of awesome travel experiences around the world, Sarah Woods, paperback,  New Holland Publishers, 2009, rrp A$25.

 

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