The Catch Me if You Can (Sampler)
One Woman's Journey to Every Country in the World
by Jessica Nabongo
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Pub Date 14 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 14 Jun 2022
NOTE: This is a sample for review purposes, not the full book.
In this inspiring travelogue, celebrated traveler and photographer Jessica Nabongo—the first Black woman on record to visit all 195 countries in the world—shares her journey around the globe with fascinating stories of adventure, culture, travel musts, and human connections.
It was a daunting task, but Jessica Nabongo, the beloved voice behind the popular website The Catch Me if You Can, made it happen, completing her journey to all 195 UN-recognized countries in the world in October 2019. Now, in this one-of-a-kind memoir, she reveals her top 100 destinations from her global adventure.
Beautifully illustrated with many of Nabongo's own photographs, the book documents her remarkable experiences in each country, including:
*A harrowing scooter accident in Nauru, the world’s least visited country,
*Seeing the life and community swarming around the Hazrat Ali Mazar mosque in Afghanistan,
*Horseback riding and learning to lasso with Black cowboys in Oklahoma,
*Playing dominoes with men on the streets of Havana,
*Learning to make traditional takoyaki (octopus balls) from locals in Japan,
*Dog sledding in Norway and swimming with humpback whales in Tonga,
*A late night adventure with strangers to cross a border in Guinea Bissau,
*And sunbathing on the sandy shores of Los Roques in Venezuela.
Along with beloved destinations like Peru and South Africa, you'll also find tales from far-flung corners and seldom visited destinations, including Tuvalu, North Korea, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic. Nabongo's stories are love letters to diversity, beauty, and culture—and most of all, to the people she meets along the way. Throughout, she offers bucket-list experiences for other travel-lovers looking to follow in her footsteps.
For armchair travelers or readers planning a trip around the globe, this arresting collection will awe and inspire!
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Average rating from 85 members
While I was not privileged to a full advanced copy of this book (its release is still over 6 months away), the sampling I received was amazing, Jessica Naongo has lived one amazing life! To travel the world, visiting some countries multiple times, is an adventure many people will never have the chance to experience. Inviting readers to glimpse her photographs and stories is like sharing a secret with a friend. Once begun, you will long to sit curled up with this beautiful book for hours browsing page after page.
While I enjoyed viewing the many photographs, I did stumble upon a quote that continues to strike a chord with me. "We have been socialized to believe that a successful life is finding a high-powered and high-paying career, buying a huge house and fancy car, and having a beautiful family. I thought the same once, but turns out, that life doesn't interest me."
While there is nothing wrong with the things she mentioned, for some the overwhelming longing to follow in her footsteps may seem out of reach. The chance to venture down the same path she has chosen is unobtainable. But it's not. Thankfully, through this book, the journey is laid out right before our eyes. All one needs to do is reach out and flip the pages.
I give this book 5 Stars and recommend purchasing a copy to be placed on your coffee table after you have read it from cover to cover!
**I received a partial copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion**
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