Thank you to Ravenswood Book Tour hosts and Author Sue Webb for my copy of this book. As always, I will give my full and honest review of this book.
Looking for a fun frolic? Whether boarding a plane on vacation, or enjoying a comfy chair at home- you’re invited to join me on a thrilling, twenty-year, fun-packed odyssey. We’ll share experiences around the globe. I’ll throw in a bit of anthropology, culture, geography, history, and marine biology. I’ll steep it in wit and serve it up with a generous dollop of humor.
We’ll begin our journey by becoming certified scuba divers. In the following years, we will traipse around the planet seeking out new cerulean exotic locales including: the Caribbean, Micronesia, and the South Pacific- just to name a few. Our adventures, however, will not be without a few misadventures. Most usually- the kind you laugh about…later. So, flip this book over, open the front cover-or scroll down; I invite you to dive in.
This book is about the Author’s travels, adventures, diving experiences and all the amazing things that she has seen along the way. She tells us of all the amazing places, fantastic sights, wonderful interesting people, strange and delicious foods and she brings it to her readers with a pinch of humour.
After reading this book, I could tell that Sue had the travel bug, she had the adventures of a lifetime and quite rightly she wanted to share her adventures in the form of a book, I guess for herself and for us to share in. Not many people get to experience life in the way that Sue has, and to read about it was to travel in my mind’s eye with her. If you too would like to experience an amazing journey where you can see 8 feet sharks, flying fish, tuna as big as a boat and hand feed sting rays, then hop along, Sue would love to have you!
The journey begins in Cozumel, this was a great start for me, as this is one of my favourite places in the world. I would have preferred this chapter to last longer as it is such a beautiful wonderful place.
Along with Sue’s travels, she tells us interesting facts that she learns. For example, did you know that Sea Lions can belch and fart just like us!? As I mentioned earlier, Sue adds humour to her book. She tells us of the people that she met along the way, and I quote where she says:
“Humor is universal”.
She isn’t always able to understand and make herself understood in the foreign countries, but she gets by and with some laughs along with it.
Sue mentions ‘Carpe Diem‘ when she speaks about the experiences she has, and she tells us her interpretation of this Latin phrase:
“Enjoy pleasures as they come along, without dwelling on potential consequences”.
We can see how Sue lives this way during her travels, and she certainly benefits from taking a few risks along the way.
Sue travels to Fiji. To me, this sounds like one of the most beautiful places in the world the way she describes it, somewhere I would love to go. Sue says (at the time), there is no crime and the people are super friendly. Although, she did visit a place called ‘Cannibal Cafe’!!! The tagline for Fiji is:
“The Place where a New Day begins”.
I have to add this last bit in, as Sue tells us of a visit to Grenada Chocolate Company!!! How amazing, she learnt and tasted chocolate production!!
To finish my review of this book off, I will use a quote of Sue’s
“Life is like a banquet, our adventures are like desert”
I enjoyed this book, it made me want to travel. Perhaps a good holiday book, or a book to read if you can travel in your minds eye.
If you want to hear from Sue Webb herself, my previous post is from Sue, how she was inspired to write and why Scuba!
Title: Sand In My Pants
Author: Sue Webb
Genre: Travel Biography/Memoir
Length: 298 pages
Release Date: April 10, 2015
Would you like to read this book? Have you read it?
Have you been scuba diving? Have you been to any of the places mentioned here? Let me know your thoughts, I’d love to hear from you.
‘Sand in My Pants’ was released on 10th April, 2015. I read this book and really enjoyed it. Before I post my review up tomorrow, I have a guest post from the lovely author Sue Webb for you.
Sue tells us all about her creation of Sand in My Pants, and why she chose Scuba Diving!
Thank you Sue, and here goes:
The Creation of Sand in My Pants By Sue Webb.
People have asked me, “Sue, what is your book about?
It’s a great question…with no easy answer. Ostensibly, it’s a book about travelling the world, scuba diving. But,really it is more than just that….
I’m sitting on the patio feeling the warm embrace of the sun. The fountain softly gurgles; the mellifluous water compliments the melodic call of a meadowlark, atop an old oak. The faint flittering of a hummingbirds iridescent wings announces its arrival. It suspends itself in air, then dives to-and-fro extracting sweet nectar from its feeder.
The air is freshly scented with the fragrance of spring blooms, most distinctly, hyacinths. This is my world now; the world in my book is a different world.
It’s a world that most can’t relate to. It’s a bigger world- more exotic,lusher, more dangerous, and intriguing. It’s about parts of the planet – most will never travel to or be privy to. Having been fortunate enough to privilege the unexplored and underwater portions of our globe, I felt an obligation to share the beauty, the excitement, the discoveries and a bit of the knowledge I gained along the way.
My husband and I, spent over twenty years, exploring the globe. It enriched our lives in many ways. The places we visited, the people we met, the experiences we shared — all melded together — to provide me with an understanding of life, that otherwise I might have only dreamed of.
Comparing different countries, traditions and cultures proved insightful. Although distinct differences were apparent in people; overall people seemed to be pretty much the same. I saw people laugh and cry; express jubilance and sadness. I witnessed a variety of emotions among people, however their kindness impressed the most.
I can recall many examples, I will share only a few for now. One rainy day on Tonga, out on a mountain bike ride —or push bikes, as the locals referred to them—we got stuck in mud about a foot deep.
Walking toward us, came a thin woman with two young children in tow. She motioned to them, saying something in Tongan; off the youngsters scampered. They soon returned, each with a stick in their hands. The frail female issued more instructions in Tongan. The young boy and girl, proceeded to use their sticks in an attempt to poke mud out from between the spokes.
As I stood there watching them, I thought, what can I possibly give them in return? I recalled I had stashed an orange pop in my backpack. As I pulled it out, the lean woman’s face lit up. “Never had a bottled soda.” I knew it would be shared.
I learned although we share many similarities as people—we are all individuals. Probably no two people who read my book will come away with the same impression. I wrote about what I found funny, intriguing, or of interest to me. The great thing about a book is, when you open it, you fall into it…and it becomes your world.
So then, I welcome you. Open the cover, and become members of our family. For what I discovered, and you might also after reading my book, we’re all members of the same family- the family of man.
Sue’s- Why Scuba Dive?
1. 70% of the earth’s surface is water-covered.
2. Diving allows you to meet nice, like-minded people.
3. Gives you an opportunity to travel (to exotic locales).
4. Have a chance to enjoy various types of fresh seafood.
5. Have an opportunity to try unusual foods and experience new cuisines.
6. Provides you with a reason to spend a day outdoors, afloat, working on your tan.
7. Makes for fun-filled vacations with a good-time activity.
8. Allows the chance to observe a silent world of natural beauty, the only sound being the soft gurgle of a regulator.
9. It’s fun- being weightless in the water.
# 10. Schlepping your gear around helps create great muscles!!
Sue Webb. (Author).
Thank you very much to Sue for writing this guest post and explaining to us the thoughts behind her book and her travels.
My book review of ‘Sand in My Pants’ will be up on my blog tomorrow, so keep your eyes out for my thoughts on this marvellous book.