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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13208 posts, RR: 77
Posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2829 times:

Many students, on their gap year, choose to go travelling, often off the beaten tourist trap.
Some as aid volunteers, others just for the experience.

The advent of lap tops, internet cafes, e-mail, keeping in touch wth home is much easier, but what happens when there is more than the usual tourist chat to tell?

A new book is all about these, the funny, shocking, stomach churning, here are some extracts, enjoy;
http://books.guardian.co.uk/extracts/story/0,,1940602,00.html

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User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2782 times:

Good one, GDB. My favourite is the girl who tells her parents she is considering eloping with a guy in the "Naga tribe" so that she can "hunt monkeys with bows and arrows" and dance "tribal dances" at night back at camp.


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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13208 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2734 times:

Indeed Stretch, funnier still that one if read in the typical accent of a girl from London/SE England, with added breathless excitement.

Reminds me a bit of the BBC series 'Tribe', in which a friendly, laid back, ex Royal Marine, went to live with various obscure and often isolated tribes around the world.
Making the effort to fully live with them, to gain acceptance and trust.

In series One, he had to take part on an African tribal ritual, where he drank a local concoction that was apparently like taking loads of LSD, at night all the while the men paraded around him with a loud drumming dance, complete with torches of fire, including fire breathing.
Then there was what the Borneo headhunters required he do with his penis, whilst out in the rainforest hunting naked........


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13115 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2712 times:

One has to wonder how many of these are true or phony. Still, there are so many ignorant and foolish fools out there who expect everything of home even in a 3rd world country. Some also sound like they didn't study and read up (from books, not from the Internet!) of the places they planned to go to or live for their 'Gap' year. I am quite sure most people have some bad or crazy experiences, but most have very good ones.
I am quite sure some from other countries who come to the USA to travel or work in the USA must have had some crazy experiences as well.
Here in the USA, the time some students take off between High School and University/College or time off during University/College is to work to get the $$'s we need to go to University, not so much for exotic travel.


User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12567 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2698 times:
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