It's Not About the Tapas

It's Not About the Tapas

Book - 2003
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After working at a leading London book publisher and as a journalist in Hong Kong, Polly Evans decided to set off on a voyage of discovery around Spain on a bicycle. From the thigh-burning ascents of the Pyrenees to the relentless olive groves of Andalusia, Polly found more adventures than she had bargained for. She survived a nail-biting encounter with a sprightly pig, escaped over-zealous suitors, had her morality questioned by the locals, encountered some dubious aficionados on the road, and indulged her love of regional cooking.
Publisher: London : Bantam, 2003
ISBN: 9780553815566
Branch Call Number: DP43.2 .E935 2003x
Characteristics: 301 p. : map, col. port. ; 20 cm


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WVMLStaffPicks Oct 20, 2014

A fun read for anyone with a love of Spain, cycling or just good travel writing. Evans is British journalist who goes to work in Hong Kong as a magazine editor. She soon finds herself needing to escape the confines of big city life and, with a working knowledge of Spain and Spanish, decides to bicycle 1,000 miles across Spain. She starts her journey in San Sebastian in the north and cycles to Barcelona and then flies to Malaga and cycles north to Madrid. Despite the perils of it all - getting lost, drenched, crashing into ditches, or being chased by wild pigs and dogs - she finds a strength of purpose and spirit she didn’t know she had. “I’d been transformed from a flabby nervous wreck to a taut, lean woman in total control.”

Apr 13, 2010

This book was unfortunately, not what I expected at all. It was a book about someone's journey and transformation in Spain (similar to "On the Trail of Marco Polo"). I thought it was going to be about bike + food touring in Spain rather than someone's narrative.


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