“Despite the exotic setting, the real jewels are the glimpses of a determined narrator who is not afraid to take the lead role in her astonishing adventures.” — Kirkus Reviews.
I was free to pick up my bag and set off on my round-the-world journey, first to South America for one month, then onto Asia, the piece de resistance of my sabbatical year. I have never visited a country that I did not like, but Asia always held the greatest fascination for me, simply because its culture is as far removed from ours as can be. In return, Asia has rewarded me with the most enriching experiences and the adventures of a lifetime. — An excerpt from Riding the Asian Dragon.
Not every traveler has the confidence to ride with the nomads of Tibet and Mongolia. But then again, author Isabelle Boulet isn’t your average traveler. Filled with the wanderlust of voyaging to far-off lands, Boulet creates moving vignettes filled with humor, subtle ironies, and the vastness of human compassion. Riding the Asian Dragon: Extraordinary Lives of Ordinary People, Boulet’s memoir of the Asian leg of a year-long solo backpacking journey around the world, captures the anecdotes of other peoples’ lives — other ordinary people who prove extraordinary.