Notes of a Naive Traveler: A Nepal and Thailand Travelogue

Traveling Life Press
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I never thought I would have reason to say to someone, "Sorry I’m late, it took longer to dismember the goat than originally planned."

I was twenty-six years old, worked at a well-paid job, rented a fantastic apartment, and enjoyed a large circle of friends. I had everything, except I didn’t. I couldn’t shake the feeling I was missing out on the experience of living.

Part guidebook on culture and travel, part journey of self-discovery, this travelogue takes you on a backpacking adventure through Nepal and Thailand and provides a firsthand account of one volunteer’s experience teaching in a Nepali school and living with a devout Brahmin family. 

Trek with me through the bamboo forests and terraced mountaintops of eastern Nepal, take a wild river-rafting ride in class IV waters, go on an elephant ride and encounter a charging rhinoceros on jungle walks in Chitwan National Park, sea-kayak the surreal waters of Krabi, and snorkel in the Gulf of Thailand. Join me on some of the scariest bus rides you could imagine, explore beautiful and intriguing temples, experience religious rituals unknown to most Westerners, and visit mind-blowing places not mentioned in your typical travel guides.

Notes of a Naive Traveler is a must-read for those interested in learning more about – or wishing to travel to – Nepal and Thailand. I hope it inspires you to see these amazing countries for yourself.

Included in this book are twenty-five photos of Nepal and Thailand I took during my journey. This real-life adventure also inspired me to write a travel thriller, Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery.


Related subjects include: travel, adventure, memoirs, non-fiction, backpacking, volunteering, travelogue, travel writing, solo travel, journals, cultural travel, cultural heritage, Asia, Nepal, Thailand

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About the author

Jennifer S. Alderson was born in San Francisco, raised in Seattle, and currently lives in Amsterdam. Her love of travel, art, and culture inspires her ongoing mystery series, the Adventures of Zelda Richardson. Her background in journalism, multimedia development, and art history enriches her novels. When not writing, Jennifer can be found in a museum, biking around Amsterdam, or enjoying a coffee along the canal while planning her next research trip. 

In Down and Out in Kathmandu, Zelda gets entangled with a gang of smugglers whose Thai leader believes she’s stolen his diamonds. The Lover’s Portrait is a suspenseful “whodunit?” about Nazi-looted artwork that transports readers to wartime and present-day Amsterdam. Art, religion, and anthropology collide in Rituals of the Dead, a thrilling artifact mystery set in Dutch New Guinea (Papua) and the Netherlands. Her short story set in Panama and Costa Rica, Holiday Gone Wrong, gives new readers a taste of her tantalizing misadventures.

Her travelogue, Notes of a Naive Traveler, is a must read for those interested in learning more about – or wishing to – travel to Nepal and Thailand. Uplifting and motivating, this memoir will inspire readers to open their hearts and explore new destinations. It was also awarded a Readers’ Favorite 5 star medal.

The Lover's Portrait was Chill With A Book’s January 2018 Book of the Month and won the Silver Cup in Rosie's Book Review Team 2017 Awards, Mystery category. It also won a Chill With A Book Readers’ Award, Readers’ Favorite 5 star medal, was one of The Displaced Nation magazine’s Top 36 Expat Fiction Picks of 2016, and came in at 14 in BookLife’s 2016 Prize for Fiction in the Mystery category. The Lover's Portrait was also one of Women Writers, Women’s Books magazine's Recommended Reads for April 2017.

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Publisher
Traveling Life Press
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Published on
May 29, 2017
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Pages
111
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ISBN
9781546572282
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Political Science / General
Social Science / Volunteer Work
Travel / Asia / General
Travel / Asia / India & South Asia
Travel / Asia / Southeast
Travel / Essays & Travelogues
Travel / General
Travel / Special Interest / Adventure
Travel / Special Interest / Ecotourism
Travel / Special Interest / Hikes & Walks
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Zelda wants to teach children English and “find herself” in Kathmandu. Ian wants to get stoned and trek the Himalayas. Tommy wants to get rich by smuggling diamonds. How their stories collide will leave you on the edge of your seat!

Travel from the dusty, tout-filled streets and holy sites of Nepal to the sultry metropolises and picture-perfect beaches of Thailand, as Zelda and Ian try to outsmart the smugglers and escape Asia alive. This fast-paced, thrilling travel mystery is sure to captivate readers thirsty for some armchair adventure.

Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery is the perfect book for lovers of backpacker fiction and (mis)adventure novels. 

This novel is a PREQUEL to the art history mysteries Zelda Richardson gets involved with later in this series. All four mysteries in the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series are stand-alone novels and can be read in any order.

Due to popular demand, I removed many swear words from this novel and republished it on July 31, 2018. Same great story, now with less swearing!  PG-13 rating.

All four mysteries in the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series are stand-alone novels and can be read in any order:

Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery (Book One)

Holiday Gone Wrong: A Short Mystery Story (Book 1.5)

The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery (Book Two)

Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery (Book Three)

Related subjects include: thrillers, action, adventure, suspense, intrigue, travel fiction, Asian travel, backpacking, smuggling, volunteering, Kathmandu, trekking, cultural heritage, humor, international adventure, whodunit, amateur sleuth

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• The most up-to-date and accurate information available with up-to-the-minute changes posted on our website
• Frank, brutally honest reviews of restaurants, hotels and activities show you which companies really are the best...and which to avoid—no advertisements
• Driving tours let you structure your trip your way, point out sights not to be missed along the way and are complemented by over 100 spectacular color photographs
• 15 specially created maps in an easy-to-follow format with mile markers so you’ll always know where you are on the island
• Clear, concise directions to those hard-to-find places, such as deserted beaches, tropical jungles, hidden waterfalls, rugged scenic coastlines, water-filled lava pools and scores of other hidden gems listed nowhere else
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Missing masterpieces, Nazi blackmailers and a pesky amateur sleuth. 

When a Dutch art dealer hides the stock from his gallery - rather than turn it over to his Nazi blackmailer - he pays with his life, leaving a treasure trove of modern masterpieces buried somewhere in Amsterdam, presumably lost forever. That is, until American art history student Zelda Richardson sticks her nose in. 

After studying for a year in the Netherlands, Zelda scores an internship at the prestigious Amsterdam Museum, where she works on an exhibition of paintings and sculptures once stolen by the Nazis, lying unclaimed in Dutch museum depots almost seventy years later.

When two women claim the same portrait of a young girl entitled Irises, Zelda is tasked with investigating the painting's history and soon finds evidence that one of the two women must be lying about her past. Before she can figure out which one it is and why, Zelda learns about the Dutch art dealer's concealed collection. And that Irises is the key to finding it all. 

Her discoveries make her a target of someone willing to steal - and even kill - to find the missing paintings. As the list of suspects grows, Zelda realizes she has to track down the lost collection and unmask a killer if she wants to survive. 

One of The Displaced Nation's Top 36 Expat Fiction Picks of 2016

Number 14 in the BookLife Prize for Fiction 2016, Mystery category

Silver Cup Winner of Rosie's Book Review Team Awards 2017 in the Mystery category

Set in present day and wartime Amsterdam, this captivating mystery is not just about stolen paintings, but also the lives that were stolen. 

The perfect novel for those who love art, history and mysteries. 

This amateur sleuth mystery describes the plight of homosexuals and Jewish artists in Europe during World War II, as well as the complexities inherent to the restitution of artwork stolen by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s. The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery draws on the author's experiences gained while studying art history in the Netherlands and working for several Dutch museums. 

Related subjects include: women sleuths, Amsterdam, looted art, Monuments Men, historical mysteries, cultural heritage, amateur sleuth books, murder mysteries, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), travel fiction, suspense, art crime, art theft, World War Two, art history. 
Missing masterpieces, Nazi blackmailers and a pesky amateur sleuth. 

When a Dutch art dealer hides the stock from his gallery - rather than turn it over to his Nazi blackmailer - he pays with his life, leaving a treasure trove of modern masterpieces buried somewhere in Amsterdam, presumably lost forever. That is, until American art history student Zelda Richardson sticks her nose in. 

After studying for a year in the Netherlands, Zelda scores an internship at the prestigious Amsterdam Museum, where she works on an exhibition of paintings and sculptures once stolen by the Nazis, lying unclaimed in Dutch museum depots almost seventy years later.

When two women claim the same portrait of a young girl entitled Irises, Zelda is tasked with investigating the painting's history and soon finds evidence that one of the two women must be lying about her past. Before she can figure out which one it is and why, Zelda learns about the Dutch art dealer's concealed collection. And that Irises is the key to finding it all. 

Her discoveries make her a target of someone willing to steal - and even kill - to find the missing paintings. As the list of suspects grows, Zelda realizes she has to track down the lost collection and unmask a killer if she wants to survive. 

One of The Displaced Nation's Top 36 Expat Fiction Picks of 2016

Number 14 in the BookLife Prize for Fiction 2016, Mystery category

Silver Cup Winner of Rosie's Book Review Team Awards 2017 in the Mystery category

Set in present day and wartime Amsterdam, this captivating mystery is not just about stolen paintings, but also the lives that were stolen. 

The perfect novel for those who love art, history and mysteries. 

This amateur sleuth mystery describes the plight of homosexuals and Jewish artists in Europe during World War II, as well as the complexities inherent to the restitution of artwork stolen by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s. The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery draws on the author's experiences gained while studying art history in the Netherlands and working for several Dutch museums. 

Related subjects include: women sleuths, Amsterdam, looted art, Monuments Men, historical mysteries, cultural heritage, amateur sleuth books, murder mysteries, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), travel fiction, suspense, art crime, art theft, World War Two, art history. 
Zelda wants to teach children English and “find herself” in Kathmandu. Ian wants to get stoned and trek the Himalayas. Tommy wants to get rich by smuggling diamonds. How their stories collide will leave you on the edge of your seat!

Travel from the dusty, tout-filled streets and holy sites of Nepal to the sultry metropolises and picture-perfect beaches of Thailand, as Zelda and Ian try to outsmart the smugglers and escape Asia alive. This fast-paced, thrilling travel mystery is sure to captivate readers thirsty for some armchair adventure.

Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery is the perfect book for lovers of backpacker fiction and (mis)adventure novels. 

This novel is a PREQUEL to the art history mysteries Zelda Richardson gets involved with later in this series. All four mysteries in the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series are stand-alone novels and can be read in any order.

Due to popular demand, I removed many swear words from this novel and republished it on July 31, 2018. Same great story, now with less swearing!  PG-13 rating.

All four mysteries in the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series are stand-alone novels and can be read in any order:

Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery (Book One)

Holiday Gone Wrong: A Short Mystery Story (Book 1.5)

The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery (Book Two)

Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery (Book Three)

Related subjects include: thrillers, action, adventure, suspense, intrigue, travel fiction, Asian travel, backpacking, smuggling, volunteering, Kathmandu, trekking, cultural heritage, humor, international adventure, whodunit, amateur sleuth

Art, religion, and anthropology collide in Alderson’s latest art mystery thriller, Rituals of the Dead, Book three of the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series.

Art history student Zelda Richardson is working at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam on an exhibition of bis poles from the Asmat region of Papua – the same area where a famous American anthropologist disappeared in 1962. When his journal is found inside one of the bis poles, Zelda is tasked with finding out more about the man’s last days and his connection to these ritual objects.

Zelda is pulled into a world of shady anthropologists, headhunters, missionaries, art collectors, and smugglers – where the only certainty is that sins of the past are never fully erased.

Join Zelda as she grapples with the anthropologist’s mysterious disappearance fifty years earlier, and a present-day murderer who will do anything to prevent her from discovering the truth.


All three mysteries in the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series are stand-alone novels, yet are even more enjoyable when read in order:

Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery (Book One)

The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery (Book Two)

Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery (Book Three)

 

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Get your passport ready! These exciting tales will transport you to exotic locations in Nepal, Thailand, Costa Rica and Panama for three trips of a lifetime.

Join amateur sleuth Zelda Richardson in two thrilling crime fiction adventures guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping – Down and Out in Kathmandu and Holiday Gone Wrong. Then immerse yourself in the fascinating traditions and glorious sites of Asia, as described in the travelogue Notes of a Naive Traveler.

An eclectic mix certain to satisfy – or perhaps ignite – any (armchair) traveler’s wanderlust. Read this box set now to find out which applies to you!

A travel mystery, thriller and memoir to fuel your wanderlust. Each book in this bundle is a standalone story. 

Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery

Zelda wants to teach children English and “find herself” in Kathmandu. Ian wants to get stoned and trek the Himalayas. Tommy wants to get rich by smuggling diamonds. How their stories collide will leave you on the edge of your seat!

Holiday Gone Wrong: A Short Mystery Thriller Story

Zelda Richardson is back on the road – destination Panama and Costa Rica. On her agenda: learning to scuba dive, exploring rainforests, and climbing a volcano. Not on her to-do list: capturing the attention of a drug dealer, buying illegal artifacts at a local market, or becoming the target of a tourism scam. Will she ever be able to go on holiday without it turning into an international incident?

Notes of a Naive Traveler: A Nepal and Thailand Travelogue

Travel to Nepal and Thailand with me! Uplifting and motivating, this memoir will inspire readers to open their hearts and explore new destinations. A must-read for those interested in volunteering in, learning more about, or wishing to travel to Nepal and Thailand.

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