Free travel Kindle books for 29 Dec 13

Siberian Travels: An Oklahoma girl’s journey from Moscow to the Sea of Japan (Oklahoma Girl’s Adventures)

by Pamela Olson

Two Stanford students, Pamela from Oklahoma and Liz from Manhattan, studied abroad in Moscow for a semester in the year 2000. Then they decided to take a two-week train trip across Siberia — in the middle of December.

This travelogue is an account of their adventures and the people they met, from drunken pensioners and scientists to young soldiers fresh from war. Along the way they experienced entirely new creatures in the world’s largest freshwater lake, a depressing encounter with a bear, a brush with the mafia, a mysterious illness, a Buddhist monastery, a cartoonishly enormous statue of Lenin’s head, and even a spark of romance.

But the most harrowing experience came at the end of their journey, when bureaucratic forces threatened to prevent their departure from the Russian Far East on the day after Christmas…

Also included are several full-color photographs and a sample chapter from Olson’s latest book, Fast Times in Palestine (

Camp Golden Shaft (Oklahoma Girl’s Adventures)

by Pamela Olson

Shortly after graduating from Stanford with a physics degree in 2002, small town Oklahoma girl Pamela Olson decided she wanted more out of life than sitting in a physics lab for the next thirty years. So she bartended, saved her money for a year, and set off on a seven-month trip across Russia and the Middle East.

In Russia, she signed up to teach at a summer camp on the Black Sea, imagining a fun and relaxing summer of hiking, camping, canoeing, and brushing up on her Russian skills. Instead, she found herself dumped off at a post-Communist nightmare of a camp called Zolotoi Kolos, â??Zolotoi’ meaning golden and â??kolos’ meaning the bunchy thing at the top of a wheat stalk. It was translated as “Golden Shaft,” which summed up the experience pretty well. There were good times, though, and beautiful and hilarious times, and a lot of amazing kids.

Pamela then flew to Egypt to begin four months of travel from Cairo to Istanbul on a shoestring budget — her first trip to the Middle East. All summer she had been dreaming of hummus and olive oil, red wine and Turkish baths, spices and silk. And even though there were difficult times along the way, in the end it was full of more beauty, surprises, and kindness than she ever dared hope.

Also included is a sample chapter from Olson’s recently-published memoir, Fast Times in Palestine (

Postcards From Boston

Where do the locals eat in Boston? Where are the best places to stay? And what are the hidden gems that other tourists have never heard of?

The â??Postcards From’ series is a collection of five short essays on different elements of a destination. Our travel writers look for interesting and unusual elements to a city, composing a collection of portraits that will introduce the reader to some of the least known aspects of the destination. These collections are essential reading for the would-be traveller. Each book is around 7,500 words in length.

What is There to Do in Edmonton?

by Shane Lambert

Length: 4400 words

Shane Lambert, an Edmontonian, travel worker, and hospitality worker, offers commentary on Edmonton in this publication, the city he has resided in, for the most part, since 1986.

Drawing upon his personal experience and professional experience working in the hospitality field, Lambert provides a travel guide in this publication that is meant to succeed where several other travel guides fail.

Offering concision and yet providing a good overview of the city of Edmonton, Lambert gets to the point and covers the following tourist topics without any guff: transportation, events, sports teams and their venues, “party zones”, tourist attractions, and rougher areas in Edmonton.

The result is an affordable publication that can read in one sitting but that can still help a visitor to Edmonton prepare for his/her upcoming stay.

Working and Living in Jasper, Alberta (or Banff/Whistler/Tofino!)

by Shane Lambert

Length: about 6000 words.

This is a publication that could prove very useful for young people who are looking forward to working and travelling to Canada in the months or years ahead. Author Shane Lambert comments on the town of Jasper, the labour market issues in that town, the staff accommodation issues, and the resort town’s social scene. In doing so he provides an affordable ebook that may help those that are heading to Jasper in search of both work and adventure. Furthermore, the issues that Lambert addresses have insight for those who are heading to other western Canadian resort towns such as Banff, Whistler, and Tofino.

This is not an ebook that markets Jasper as a tourist destination, nor is it one that aims to deter people from working in the resort town. Rather Lambert feels that his readers are entitled to a description of his experiences and he has provided what he thinks is a balanced view of what workers heading to Jasper may be getting themselves into. His viewpoint is that there are downsides to working in Jasper, however overall he thinks that young people in the town are very happy with what they experience during their time working in the Albertan resort town.

Even if you are not heading to Jasper yourself in search of work, you may want to purchase this ebook for a young person in your life as it could prove to be a valuable resource that eliminates surprises when that individual arrives in western Canada.

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