Travel

A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by Bright Side Global Trade about the release of my latest book, Living Abroad - Challenging the Myths of Expat Life. It was just released on their website as well as on Youtube. For your viewing enjoyment (or amusement, as the case may be) here is the Zoom Interview. https://youtu.be/IZah_Lzz61E

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As you may know, Rita and I came back from six years in Ecuador with the plan of setting up a home base in eastern Tennessee, and then starting out on a roving retirement lifestyle. We had planned to spend two to three months in a different country, then try out another, and so on - only breaking to come back to the States and visit family. Well, the Days of Wine and Covid put a hold on those plans....

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Starting today and ending March 25th 2021, you can enter a free giveaway drawing from GoodReads. One hundred lucky people will receive the Kindle version of my latest book, Living Abroad: Challenging the Myths of Expat Life . Goodreads Book Giveaway Living Abroad by Jim Santos Giveaway ends March 25, 2021. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway Use the links above to enter. You can also order the e-book or paperback direct from Amazon now. Here are a...

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As we get closer to the one year mark for our pandemic-restricted lifestyle, there are at least a few plusses. I've made some limited progress in learning to play the Chapman Stick, I've become quite proficient at baking bread, and this week I just published my third book in eight months. Living Abroad: Challenging the Myths of Expat Life is available now on Amazon in a B&W print version as well as a full-color ebook (there are about 24 pictures...

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Friday the 13th is your lucky day! Happy to announce that the OnlineBookClub is promoting my book "An Uphill Climb - Survivor's Guilt and the Inca Trail" as the Book of the Day on Friday November 13th. To celebrate, you can get your FREE Kindle edition of the book between now and midnight Saturday the 14th at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08DDGZQKJ . In this year of COVID, many families are facing the challenges of Survivor's Guilt, and I hope that in some small...

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I've been encouraged lately about the publication of my latest book, "An Uphill Climb - Survivor's Guilt and the Inca Trail". Although sales continue at a trickle, they do continue - and are starting to pick up a bit. More importantly, the reviews posted on Amazon have been excellent, with 12 out of 13 rating it "5 star" and one "4 star". Even better, only one reviewer was not a complete stranger, and that one was someone I have not...

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Last week we had a chance to get in one more Smoky Mountains hike before the Labor Day Weekend crowds appeared. So Thursday we loaded up our packs and set out for Elkmont Campgrounds to hike the 5.5 mile "Cucumber Gap Loop Trail". First, a word about those packs. On our last hike Rita took her tried and trusted backpack she used for the Inca Trail, an Osprey Mila 34. The "34" stands for the volume the pack will hold,...

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There must be something about the last week of August that causes us to lace up the hiking boots. In 2019 on this week, we were hiking in the Galápagos. 2018 found us exploring Greenways and parks of Knoxville, and in 2017 we were finishing up explorations around Cusco in Perú and about to tackle the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. August of 2016 really started it all, when the mad decision to hike the Inca Trail got us to...

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August 28th, a big day for us. It was on this day three years ago, after over a year of mental and physical preparation, that Rita and I were standing at Kilometer 82 just outside of Piskacucho in Perú, ready to take the first steps on a 26-mile 4-day/3-night hike to Machu Picchu. It is just over a month since the book about the hike and the struggle to prepare for it, "An Uphill Climb", has been available on Amazon...

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Over eleven and a half years ago, on January 10th, 2009, an emotionally broken fat man sat down to try and write out some of his grief. He had lost his wife and companion of over 25 years to cancer just five weeks earlier, and was having trouble dealing with his pain, his job, and the mundanity of life in general. He began to write about what he had lost, and what it had been like to go through those...

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