By Tamara Sheward
During this irreverent traveller's story, twenty-something difficulty magnets wreak havoc throughout Southeast Asia as they fight to flee the overwhelmed direction. From a weird and wonderful come upon with a Xena-obsessed lodge clerk in Thailand to a stoned flight on a crumbling Russian aircraft in Laos, Tamara Sheward takes a wayward trip in the course of the underbelly of Southeast Asia so frequently missed via conventional commute writers.
Peppered with swindlers, drunkards and uber-hippies, undesirable Karma places backpacker tradition during the wringer.
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Pick Up Your Room Pick up your room, my mother says (she says it every day); my room’s too heavy to pick up (that’s what I always say). Drink up your milk, she says to me, don’t bubble like a clown; of course she knows I’ll answer that I’d rather drink it down. And when she says at eight o’clock, you must go right to bed, we both repeat my answer: why not go left instead? Mary Ann Hoberman 16 Your Nose Is Running “Your nose is running,” Mother said. I answered, “Wow! ” she asked. ” Jeff Moss 17 Millicent’s Mother Millie buttons her coat, gives her mother a kiss, then Millicent’s mother says something like this: “Millie, take your umbrella in case there’s a storm, and be sure to wear mittens to keep your hands warm, and, since it may snow, take your snowshoes and parka, and pack your big flashlight in case it gets dark-a.
Sylvia Andrews 38 English Is a Pain! ) Rain, reign, rein, English is a pain. Although the words sound just alike, the spelling’s not the same! Bee, be, B, I’d rather climb a tree, than learn to spell the same old word, not just one way, but three! Sight, site, cite, I try with all my might. No matter which I finally choose, it’s not the one that’s right! There, their, they’re, enough to make you swear. Too many ways to write one sound, I just don’t think it’s fair! To, two, too, so what’s a kid to do?
I woke up sick in bed. My stomach has a stabbing pain that’s spreading to my head. My knees are weak and achy. My eyes are full of flu. I fear I may contaminate; I have a fever too. I cannot see. I cannot breathe. I cannot read or write. My eyes are shut, my nose is blocked, I’m not a pretty sight. I cannot lift a finger or move a tired toe. My throat is hot and scratchy, the answer’s simply NO . . I cannot go to school today; I’m awfully sorry too, this had to happen on the day my book report was due.