Round the World Passage 2011

I made up this game about 2 years ago but yet to have complete a full run!  Let’s try again this year:

Round the World Passage
January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011

This idea is a combination of the 7 continents / Olympic challenges and Round the World Tickets (real tickets you can purchase to travel round the world).

Read a book (or more if you’d like to) that is located in certain city / country or by an author of that city / country. You decide which city / country you’d like to ‘visit’ however the following conditions (similar to the RTW tickets) apply:

1. Maximum Mileage: 50,000 miles* (Unlimited stops – see how generous I am) with a minimum of 20,000 miles (5 stops)

2. The start and end of the journey have to be located in the same country

3. Choose a direction you’d like to take (East or West only) mainly when jumping continents, you can go north & south when you’re within a continent

4. One crossing each of the Atlantic and Pacific must be included in the itinerary (but only one crossing allowed over each)

5. Do not to backtrack within a continent – the idea is to keep that forward motion

*To help you in calculating your mileage, the below site may be useful:
http://www.daftlogic.com/projects-google-maps-distance-calculator.htm

Sydney, AU: Wild Lavender by Belinda Alexandra

Saigon, Vietnam: Beyond Illusions: A Novel by Thu Huong Duong

Japan: The Elephant Vanishes: Stories by Haruki Murakami

China: Red Sorghum by Mo Yan

Russia: Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Germany: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

Italy: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

Egypt: Palace Walk (Cairo Trilogy #1) by Naguib Mahfouz

South Africa: Burger’s Daughter by Nadine Gordimer

Brazil: The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho

Mexico: The Law of Love by Laura Esquivel

Oregon: A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, #1) by Ursula Le Guin

Texas: The Tale of Hill Top Farm by Susan Wittig Albert

Lousiana: Black Cherry Blues by James Lee Burke

Canada: No Man’s River by Farley Mowat

Australia: ?

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