Songs of the Baka and Other Discoveries: Travels after Sixty-Five

Songs of the Baka and Other Discoveries: Travels after Sixty-Five

Songs of the Baka and Other Discoveries Travels after Sixty Five Abandoning the comfort and security of a typical retirement a couple travels and treks through the most isolated parts of the world After their retirement Dennis James and Barbara Grossman decide to

  • Title: Songs of the Baka and Other Discoveries: Travels after Sixty-Five
  • Author: Dennis James Barbara Grossman
  • ISBN: 9781510713505
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Abandoning the comfort and security of a typical retirement, a couple travels and treks through the most isolated parts of the world.After their retirement, Dennis James and Barbara Grossman decide to travel where tour buses won t and where the US government says don t, incorporating trekking into their travels as a way to see untouched areas of the world considered inhoAbandoning the comfort and security of a typical retirement, a couple travels and treks through the most isolated parts of the world.After their retirement, Dennis James and Barbara Grossman decide to travel where tour buses won t and where the US government says don t, incorporating trekking into their travels as a way to see untouched areas of the world considered inhospitable by many.Armed with a passport, an interest in non Western and indigenous cultures, a spirit for adventure, and a sense of humor, they hike through the forests in the highlands of Papua New Guinea visit the traditional hunter gatherer Baka Pygmy community in Cameroon stay with the cliff dwelling Dogon people in Mali explore Roman ruins in Algeria meet a nervous mother rhino in Nepal and witness bull jumping, a coming of age ritual for young Hamer men in Ethiopia.In defiance of typical tourist travel, ignoring State Department warnings, and with a curiosity and hardiness that belies their ages, Dennis and Barbara choose to travel the roads not taken so frequently to places like Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, and Gaza seeking the truth behind the headlines and exploring the deeper questions about the local cultures they encounter Why do these people cling to the art, sexual s, economic and political hierarchies, and spiritualities that govern their lives And how and why do they remain resistant to the pressures of globalization A journey into the other sides of the world, Songs of the Baka and Other Discoveries puts aside preconceptions and combines the wisdom of age with the stamina of youth.

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    First of all, I'm unsure how the authors feel about it, but I take a wee bit of offense to the publisher calling Dennis James and Barbara Grossman "elderly" as they started their travels in their mid- to late-sixties, which to me is not necessarily total immersion into geezerdom. Nevertheless, this is a terrific travel narrative about two hard-core travelers who journey to some pretty amazing and far-flung places and aren't always given the most luxurious accommodations--in fact, they are lucky [...]

    Ignore the subtitle: though the protagonists are over 65, it has little to no bearing on the content of this book, which would appeal to readers of all ages. In Songs of the Baka, James provides instantly immersive tales from his travels (with his photographer wife Barbara Grossman) to diverse, off the beaten path destinations world-wide. James conveys their travel experiences in ten countries*, sharing insightful observations on various topics from transportation to indigenous cultural practice [...]

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