This book covers my entire trip around the world from the inception of the idea through the planning and execution stages of the trip. It includes all of the great times I had and the wonderful places I visited while traveling through 16 countries. These places include Ireland, Northern Ireland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Bucharest, Constanta on the Black Sea, Kiev, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Lake Baikal, Vladivostok and Artem in Russia, Seoul, Tokyo and Honolulu and Hilo in Hawaii. Also included are nine interior full color photos. I recount the laughter and fun I experienced meeting several internet friends along the way. In addition, include a thank you to the many "angels" I encountered. I've also included the not so happy times and Negative Experiences I encountered and my thoughts on how to avoid them. Historical facts are included where tour guides and friends taught me a little history of their respective countries.
In the final chapter is a recommendation on what to take and what not to take on such a journey.
Thomas R. MacKrell was born in Erie, PA, and returned there to live in 1998 after seven years of service in the U.S. Army and 25 years of living in Florida.
He has been creating verses as far back as he can remember, but began writing poetry seriously about 1989, and published a collection of his poems, Words Are Friends, in 1999. He has written over 300 poems through the years. He has also written several short stories. Many of the poems and short stories along with nearly 6000 of his photographs have been published on his website.
His pastimes include writing, the enjoyment of nature, wildlife, photography and travel. His travels have taken him to all fifty states, 17 countries and around the world.
His plans include driving coast-to-coast through Canada visiting all the Provinces and into Alaska.
His next book will be about that trip or about his travels through the United States.