As you may know, it was not my intention to move to Bali. I was simply drifting through Asia, having the time of my life when I ended up here and I was supposed to stay for only 10 days. Then I met a boy, who became my husband within the year, and the rest is history. I stayed in Bali for him, which fair enough, doesn’t seem like much of a hardship. But things are not always easy when you marry into a culture that is totally different from the one you have always known. After we married, I followed tradition of moving into his family compound with his parents and was thrown into the Balinese world of tradition and ceremony.
I’m always fascinated of other cross-cultural love stories and so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Love with a Chance of Drowning. I’d only just started reading Torre’s excellent blog when she announcing the book launch and I was eager for more of her writing – I wasn’t disappointed. If you love travel writing and you love romantic stories and happy endings, you really have to check out this book.
So staying in Bali was what I did for love – not such a difficult task. Torre on the other hand, embarked on a round the word sailing experience with no previous experience and a serious fear of deep water. I’d never really though about sailing before I read this book – the idea sounds glamourous but the reality, while amazing, has made me pretty sure I’ll never set off in a small boat to travel long distances. This woman has nerves of steel for continuing the journey after her experience of their first storm at sea – just imagine how scary that must be when you’re inside a tiny boat being tossed around at the whims of the ocean. And then sailing across the pacific ocean for weeks without seeing land. I can’t even comprehend how it must feel to know that you are a tiny speck at the mercy of nature with no dry land for thousands of miles – it jus makes me go “arghghghgh!” Add to that the fact that you are trapped inside a tiny tin can with someone 24/7 with no hopes of escape. Now that is the true test of love!
This is not a soppy love story by any means. It’s equally funny, terrifying and inspiring. If you enjoy travel memoirs and you’re looking for a good summer read, I can recommend Love with a Chance of Drowning 100%. I’d also recommend that you go and check out Torre’s blog. She’s currently running a competition to win a $1000 round-trip ticket to anywhere in the world.
I’m offering your chance to win a copy of Love with a Chance of Drowning. To be in with a chance of winning, simply leave a comment below and tell me the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love. For an extra chance, like How to Escape on Facebook and leave me another comment to say that you’ve done so. Sorry but this giveaway is open only to US residents. If you’re not in the US, I would recommend buying it anyway
You can enter up until midnight (Bali time) 31 June 2013 The winner will be chosen at random from all the comments on 1 July 2013 and contacted by email.