Tuesday, 16 July 2013

'Llamas and Empandas' by Eleanor Meecham..


There is absolutely positively nothing I love more than a great piece of travel writing. I honestly don't believe there are enough good travelogues in the world, and spend hours trawling libraries, bookshops and the internet trying to find newbies. Thus I was pretty excited when I saw this in the bookshop, especially since I have long decided to go to South America on my honeymoon or before.

This centres on the lovely New Zealander Eleanor and her solo bike trip around Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. She meets many interesting characters along the way, and generally narrates her love of the land and the people. Much of the work is concerned with her brother, who I initially found a little odd but eventually this element fell into place.

While I thought she could have been more vivid in her descriptions and given a little background information, I thought this was a fantastic, totally engaging, utterly inspiring read and a particularly good travelogue.

She just returned from Mexico, and I look forward to reading about that journey.