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The author Glen Johnson decides to give into his midlife crisis (hes only forty-one – it hit early) and he gives away all his worldly possessions and embarks on a journey of a lifetime – to see as much of the world as humanly possible, before hesMoreThe author Glen Johnson decides to give into his midlife crisis (hes only forty-one – it hit early) and he gives away all his worldly possessions and embarks on a journey of a lifetime – to see as much of the world as humanly possible, before hes buried six feet under it.With no fixed address, and all his material property fitting snugly, and heavily, upon his back (in a very impressive backpack) Glen leaves his country of England behind to follow his dreams. Living on royalties from his books, and having just signed an eight book deal with a large American publisher, he heads to the sprawling city of Bangkok, and the infamous Khaosan Road – a place he is utterly unfamiliar with and doesnt speak a single word of the language. All the while, he has over a million words to write to fulfill his contracts, and he has other deadlines to meet, while trying not to die in a tuk tuk, or choke on a ping-pong.Part One follows him as he unclutters his life, while physically and mentally preparing to leave behind his family and friends, and everything he has ever known to travel and eat his way across Asia. It also covers the first two weeks of his journey following his antics on the infamous ‘Backpackers Ghetto’ Khaosan Road, and how he deals with the change of culture and scenery.Luckily, there is a silver lining, he has convinced (with promises of untold riches, exotic delicacies, scantly clad females on deserted beaches, and the fact hes paying for everything) his older brother Gary to join him on the journey – so at least he has someone to carry all his stuff, and a supply of warm protein, just in case of an emergency. Gary offers his own form of ‘tactful’ insights as they awkwardly learn the lessons of trying to settle into a new routine in a foreign country.Glen has previously visited twenty-nine different countries, and lived in Mexico City, Mexico for far too long for a pale skinned European. However, he soon realizes that they are completely and utterly unprepared for what they are about to face.Glen Johnsons unique sense of humor (and the fact he’s a weirdo magnet) and unusual view of the world makes Living the Dream – Part One: Khaosan Road, Thailand unlike any other travel book you have ever read. Oh, and there might even be some useful tips about the country and culture you will be able to use if you are thinking of traveling to the same locations.Contents:Prologue – Deciding to Go1. More About MeLONDON, ENGLAND2. Saying Goodbye3. Flight AI-112 from London, Heathrow to New Delhi, India4. Bollywood’s Finest5. Wet Dog and Grumpy Guards6. Piggyback Fight Anyone?7. Flight AI-332 from New Delhi to Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, ThailandBANGKOK, THAILAND8. Touchdown9. Bartering10. Black Market Organ Harvesters11. Miss. Thailand in Hotel Paradise12. Rutting Season13. Pushy14. A Helping HandKHAOSAN ROAD15. Backpackers Ghetto16. A Room with no View17. Stalker18. Tattoo, Tigers, and a Scorpion19. A Very Nice Man20. The Standing Buddha21. Routine and Food22. Wat Bowonniwet Vihara23. Chasing Our Tails24. The Smell of Death25. Time to Move On26. Gary’s JournalThe Discovery Café GuesthouseAbout the AuthorHighlights of this edition are:• 102 colour photos taken by the author and his brother.• It is formatted for ease of use and enjoyment on your kindle reader.