Although I love the outdoors and I did have many outdoor adventures in Eastern Europe, it's not the main focus of the book. In fact, such tales make up 5% of the book.
What's the other 95%?
It's filled with stories about the history, people, language, food, and drinking habits of Eastern Europeans. It examines how they see themselves and how they see their neighbors and the world. It captures the culture of 25 Eastern European countries in 25 chapters. It's a travelogue that ends each chapter with some of the best practices of each country. The Hidden Europe is more about people than nature.
But what if you just want to find where all the adventurous, outdoorsy parts of the book are? What if you just want to read about me nearly dying on a mountain or overturning a canoe? Here are your Cliff Notes . . . .
Index of the top 20 outdoor adventures in The Hidden Europe
Below is the page number and the heading (or keyword) to search for, which is useful if you've got the epub or kindle version which probably doesn't have page numbers that match the print version.
- 1: Intro
- 17-18: Start of Finland
- 42-43: Backpacking without mountains
- 56-57: Finding Dr. Doom's castle
- 60-61: Mushrooming
- 97: Defining Belarus
- 187-190: Start of Slovakia
- 262-263: Surviving Slovenia's tallest mountain: Triglav
- 283-285: The most dangerous backpacking in Europe
- 412-413: Start of Montenegro
- 420-421: A dream turns into a nightmare
- 427-428: Going to heaven
- 447-449: Riding along the Ionian Sea
- 544: From Rila to Veliko Tarnovo
- 551-552: Backpacking in the Rhodope Mountains
- 578-579: Traversing the Transylvanian Alps
- 597-598: Floating to the Danube's End
- 644: Climbing on Ukraine's tallest mountain
- 663-664: Ice fishing off the Curonian Spit
In all, it's 37-pages, or 5% of the book.
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