By Tom Bissell
In 1996, Tom Bissell went to Uzbekistan as a naive Peace Corps volunteer. notwithstanding he lasted just a couple of months sooner than disorder and private difficulty compelled him domestic, Bissell came across himself entranced by means of this distant land. 5 years later he back to discover the shrinking Aral Sea, destroyed via Soviet irrigation rules. becoming a member of up with an exuberant translator named Rustam, Bissell slips greater than as soon as during the clutches of the Uzbek police as he makes his usually wild solution to the devastated sea.
In Chasing the Sea, Bissell combines the tale of his travels with a beguiling chronicle of Uzbekistan's extraordinary tradition and lengthy heritage of violent subjugation through despots from Jenghiz Khan to Joseph Stalin. Alternately fun and sobering, it is a gripping portrait of a desirable position, and the debut of a singularly proficient younger author.
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Map p42 A3. § 75 28 92 11. ` 75 28 94 25. dk 0 b,l,d. Rooms 42. S ÷ ¢ mid-Dec to end Jan. / AE, DC, MC, V. kk N Torvet 1, 6760 Ribe. Map p42 A4. § 75 42 00 33. ` 75 42 36 52. dk0 b,l,d. Rooms 50. ¢ Christmas and New Year. / AE, DC, MC, V. kkk MUNKEBO ØLAND Munkebo Kro Highway inn with a restrained décor under its vast thatched roof and tudor timbering. A good stop-off. Øland Kroen An unusual mix of the old and new in this converted bakery. Small cottages in the nearby beech wood are also available.
Kkk N SE-760 45 Grisslehamn. Map p29 F1. § (0175) 309 30. ` (0175) 330 14. se. 0 b,l,d. Rooms 50. ÷ ∂ ¢ Christmas; some Suns Nov-Jan. / AE, DC, MC, V. kk GÖTEBORG G RY T H Y T TA N Eggers One of Sweden’s oldest hotels, the Eggers still evokes a bygone elegance and remains the stylish place to stay in Göteborg. Superb old double glazing maintains peace in the spacious rooms, just a stone’s throw from the train, tram and bus stations. Grythyttans Gästgivaregård It’s one of the most atmospheric old inns in all of Sweden – almost like a little village all by itself, with rooms in several separate buildings and many old salons and cosy parlours.
Map p43 D3. § 49 75 86 00. ` 49 75 80 23. dk 0 b,l,d. Rooms 32. S ÷ ∂ ¢ Christmas. / AE, DC, MC, V. kkkk ÅRS B RO B Y Aars Hotel Built in 1897 as a railway inn, now a modern hotel, with sauna. Impressive Danish/ French menu. Brobyværk Kro This historic inn, dating back to 1645 and set alongside the Odense River in rural Funen, specializes in traditional fish cuisine. N Himmerlandsgade 111, 9600 Års. Map p42 B2. § 98 6216 00. ` 98 62 11 87. dk 0 b,d. Rooms 27. kk N Marsk-Billesvej 15, 5672 Broby.