400-Day LETS Odyssey
My World LETS Tour - 2003/2004

by JAMES TARIS

 

 

 

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James Taris
400-Day LETS Odyssey

James Taris has mastered the art of FREE WORLD TRAVEL.

This book (ebook) about his 400-day (13 month!) world tour took him to 13 countries, on 5 continents, where he stayed FREE with LETS hosts in each country.

If your dream is also to travel the world, this ebook will give you lots of information on many popular , and unusual, destinations around the world.


13 countries - 5 continents - 400 days

So, what is it like to travel to 13 countries, on 5 continents, for 400 days?

Read about James Taris' travels and experiences with over 41 hosts from all over the world.

With over 100 stories well supported by 171 photos, this massive ebook will entertain, inform and inspire you to get on the next plane and experience your own travel adventures.

In China, during the SARS epidemic, he writes a play, then performs it 29 times in 10 countries including shows in London and Hollywood.

In Sweden he uses Bo's ecological toilet while being assured that “As long as you sit down, everything will go in the right place”.

In France he lives in a castle tower, sees the Mona Lisa at the Louvre and stars in a Chinese TV documentary.

In Holland he discovers a Give-Away store where everything is FREE!

In Scotland he lives with free-roaming ferrets.

In Morocco he has snakes placed around his neck.

In England he stays with a decendant of Sir Issac Newton, meets Rocky Horror Show's Dr Frankenfurter and walks across the Beatles' Abbey Road crossing.

In Wales he meets Dr Edgar Cahn, founder of Time Dollars.

He loses his luggage on his flight from London to Toronto.

In Canada he meets the Greatest Loser in the World (according to the Guinness Book of Records). He also finds an emu farm and eats an emu egg (which took 2 hours to boil!).

And so much more ...

Oh, in the USA he goes to Universal Studios and Disneyland too.

Did I mention he travels without money?

 

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Waiting for a bus with my luggage in Espoo, Finland (July 2003)

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

CHAPTER 1

CHINA - Shanghai (5 weeks)

Week 1

The SARS farce
Children's Day
Shanghai summer nights

Week 2

The little water town

Week 3

Writing my play - The Glory of Athens

Week 4

Shanghai's Hawaii
- Bus intimidation
- Hot, wet and sticky
- Hand-made noodles for breakfast
- My Chinese basket carrier
- Chinese TV humour
- Cool boat cruise
- My first glimpse of Hawaii
- Sleeping merchants
- Money to burn
- Disgusting public toilets
- Young street splasher
- Biding the time away
- Stores in town
- Workers and water buffalo
- Taxi negotiations
- Angels seaside resort
- Crabs
- The goat track
- Swallows and yabbies

Week 5

Shanghai snippets
- Electric mosquito racquet
- Counterfeit money
- Things cook better in coke
- Yabbies
- Catholic cathedral
- Bus travel
- Black man in China
- Sad and sorry jaywalker
- Mini-Magnums
- Movies
- Beggars
- Sudden downpour

CHAPTER 2

GREECE - Athens (2 weeks)

Week 6

Acropolis
Ancient Greek markets

Week 7

Greek nightlife
- Times of the day
- Community council dance
- Music and dancing
- Teenagers and kids
- End Nightclub
- Driving on the right-hand side of the road

CHAPTER 3

FINLAND - Helsinki (1 week)

Week 8

Helsinki haven
- City of islands
- Finland’s fortress
- The Finns
- Crowned glory
- Contrasting churches
- Street performers
- Outdoor summer sports
- Public rug washing
Espoo walk

CHAPTER 4

SWEDEN - Stockholm/ Goteborg (1 week)

Week 9

Swedish characters
- The kingdom of Sweden
- Bo of Branno
- Thip top
- Train ‘tainer
- Darts freak
- Gays galore
Stricter than a Swede

CHAPTER 5

FRANCE - Montelimar/ Sisteron/ Aurillac/ Bressuire/ Paris (7 weeks)

Week 10

Hollywood here I come

Week 11

World premier booked for London
Crocodiles, tortoises and elephants

Week 12

Computer crash

Week 13

Sleeping in Napoleon's bed

Week 14

Tall man in an attic

Week 15

Living in a castle tower
Lions, castles and German butlers
The first public performance of my play

Week 16

Eiffel Tower in lights
Mona Lisa
Chinese TV staring James Taris

CHAPTER 6

THE NETHERLANDS - Amsterdam/ Rotterdam/ Utrecht (4 weeks)

Week 17

LETS shops

Week 18

Theatre Ribeau
Bell ringers of The Dom

Week 19 (see UK-Scotland ... Ch.7)

Weeks 20-21 (see Morocco ... Ch.8)

Week 22

Making sweet music

Weeks 23-27 (see UK-England ... Ch.9)

Week 28

The Give-Away store

CHAPTER 7

UK-SCOTLAND - Dundee/ Luthrie/ Edinburgh (1 week)

Week 19

Arctic wind
Stag Inn and stagger out
Scottish Hit Squad
Living with ferrets

CHAPTER 8

MOROCCO - Marrakech/ Casablanca (2 weeks)

Week 20

Magical, mystical Marrakech
The Art Of Morocco Tea

Week 21

The Marrakech Express

Week 22 (see The Netherlands ... Ch.6)

CHAPTER 9

UK-ENGLAND - Kingsbridge/ Falmouth/ Bradford-On-Avon/ Bath/ London/ Milton Keynes (4 weeks)

Week 23

Kingsbridge huggers
First western man

Week 24

Cob houses, foogoos and hecklers
Jazz, the black cat
The queen crapped here

Week 25 (see UK-Wales ... Ch.10)

Week 26

The Glory of Athens - London premier
Walking in the Beatles’ footsteps

Week 27

Rocky Horror Sing-Along Show
Concrete cows and the Oware game

CHAPTER 10

UK-WALES - Bridgend/ Brecon (1 week)

Week 25

Chipmunks, ewes and Wales
Time Banks and LETS auctions
Rugby and Snickers

Weeks 26-27 (see UK-England ... Ch.9)

Week 28 (see The Netherlands ... Ch.6)

 

DAY 200 ... HALFWAY MARK

[CHAPTERS 11-17- Welland/ Kitchener-Waterloo/ Toronto/ Brantford/ Montreal/ Granby/ Ottawa/ Tamworth (21 weeks)]

CHAPTER 11

CANADA - Welland

Week 29

The agony and the ecstasy of flying

Week 30

White Christmas

Week 31

Niagara Falls
LETS in Niagara TV interview

Week 32

Schools ... schools ... schools
Christian favours sermon

CHAPTER 12

CANADA - Kitchener-Waterloo/ Toronto/ Welland

Week 33

Eating snow

Week 34

Drunken chicken
Emus in Canada
Toronto dollars

Week 35

Two birthday cakes
Designing LETS stationery for LETSniagara
- How to prepare your LETS directory

CHAPTER 13

CANADA - Brandford/ Kitchener-Waterloo

Week 36

The greatest loser in the world
- Turmel's email to Guinness Book of World Records
Everything turns out for the best

Week 37

Cross-country skiing

Week 38

Surviving two days with John Turmel
- Millennium declaration section C6 to governments

CHAPTER 14

CANADA - Kitchener-Waterloo

Week 38 (cont.)

Riding a skidoo
Ice-hockey fight

Week 39

Winter camping

Week 40

Toastmasters in Canada

CHAPTER 15

CANADA - Montreal/ Granby/ Ottawa,

Week 41

Montreal
- NDG Barter Network
- Old city of Montreal
- Olympic Tower
- Butterflies go free
- Insectarium
- LETS and my play
Granby
- Pierre and Johanne
- J.E.U.
- Feeding the birds
- RÉEL (Réseau d'Échange et d'Entraide Local)
- My largest theatre audience
- Sugaring-off exhibition
Man of Greece (Montreal)
Ottawa trip
- Fat cat
- Ottawa LETS
- The Passion of the Christ research
- American Embassy
- Orthotherapeutic massage

CHAPTER 16

CANADA - Kitchener-Waterloo/ Tamworth

Week 42

It's all about caring and sharing

Week 43

Not quite Van Gogh

Week 44

Pancakes, taffy and turkey drumsticks

Week 45

Red Easter eggs

Week 46

Ministers, monks and mynahs
- Blessing mynah birds
- Karash … Buddhist monk
- Dead skunk, groundhogs and Hare Krishna
Ottawa sights and events

CHAPTER 17

CANADA - Kitchener-Waterloo

Week 47

Buffalo day trip

Week 48

No TV in Kitchener

Week 49

London to Paris
Cosmic bowling

CHAPTER 18

USA - San Francisco/ Los Angeles (3 weeks)

Week 50

San Francisco day trip
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Muni MET
- Pier 39
- Popcorn
- Cutesy cars
- Johnny Rocket’s
- Cable car
- Chinatown
- Transamerica Pyramid
- Washington Square
- Coit Tower
- Lombard Street
- Cable car busker

Week 51

Universal Studios
- Hollywood
- Universal Studios
Disneyland
Performing in Hollywood
- Hollywood here I come
- Lee Strasberg Theatre and DVD distribution agreement
- Hellenic Views interview
- I perform The Glory of Athens in Hollywood

Week 52

Alcatraz Prison

CHAPTER 19

AUSTRALIA - [QLD] Brisbane/ Logan/ Caloundra/ Caboolture/ Tamborine Mountain/ Bribie island; [NSW] Nimbin (7-and-a-half weeks)

Week 53

Four minutes of fame

Week 54

Who said pigs can't fly?

Week 55

Fang

Week 56

Blue-water tips

Week 57

400th-day celebration

DAY 400 ... END OF WORLD TOUR

Week 58

Big bruiser

Week 59-60

Butcherbird buddies

 

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