It's Not About the Tapas

It's Not About the Tapas

A Spanish Adventure on Two Wheels

Book - 2006
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Single, stressed, and living amid the hustle and hurry of modern Hong Kong, Polly Evans had a vision: of mountains and orange groves, matadors and promenades-and of a glorious, hassle-free journey across Spain by bicycle. But like any decent dream, Polly's came with its own reality: of thighs screaming with pain and goats trying to derail her, of strange local delicacies and overzealous suitors. In fact, like any great traveler, Polly had bitten off more than she could chew-and would delight in every last taste of it.

Exploring the country that gave the world flamenco, chocolate, sherry, Franco, and Picasso, Polly takes us from the towering Pyrenees to the vineyards of Jerez de la Frontera, spinning tales of conquistadors and kings, vibrant history and mouthwatering cuisine. In the end, this hilarious, irreverent, always engaging memoir of a journey on two wheels unveils a lot about one modern woman, even more about an utterly fascinating nation, and countless reasons why it's better when you do it on a bike.
Publisher: New York : Delta Trade Paperbacks, 2006.
ISBN: 9780385339926
0385339925
Characteristics: 284 p. ; 21 cm.

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WVMLStaffPicks Oct 20, 2014

A fun read for anyone with a love of Spain, cycling or just good travel writing. Evans is British journalist who goes to work in Hong Kong as a magazine editor. She soon finds herself needing to escape the confines of big city life and, with a working knowledge of Spain and Spanish, decides to bicycle 1,000 miles across Spain. She starts her journey in San Sebastian in the north and cycles to Barcelona and then flies to Malaga and cycles north to Madrid. Despite the perils of it all - getting lost, drenched, crashing into ditches, or being chased by wild pigs and dogs - she finds a strength of purpose and spirit she didn’t know she had. “I’d been transformed from a flabby nervous wreck to a taut, lean woman in total control.”

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mcchan
Apr 13, 2010

This book was unfortunately, not what I expected at all. It was a book about someone's journey and transformation in Spain (similar to "On the Trail of Marco Polo"). I thought it was going to be about bike + food touring in Spain rather than someone's narrative.

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