It's October 2001, I've got no job, no car, a flat that's falling down around me and to top it all al-Qa'eda have just bombed the United States of America.
What would you do?
1. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and go out and find a job
2. Get workmen in to come and put your lounge ceiling back on your lounge ceiling
3. Give whingeing all the time a miss and start using public transport or your legs for a change
4. Leave everything you own and know as normal, and trust yourself to a variety of airline companies to take you places some people couldn't pinpoint on a map
For better or worse I chose No.4.
This is my story and obviously I survived the adventure cos I'm telling you about it now. Now, by the way, is January 2003.
Faces 'n Places magically transports you on a 'round the world' backpackers' trip through a collection of intimate and candid e-mails and poetry and a variety of visually stunning photographs.
Kelly takes you with her as you become friend and confidante to her mishaps, laughter and adventures.
Feel your heart palpitate as you witness the emotions of watching your friend slip into paralysis and excruciating pain in South India, share the frustrations and restlessness of a 30 hour bus journey of never ending disasters in Indochina and consider the reality of a backpackers life as sleep is found on a cold marble floor in a closed airport terminal in Nepal. Combine this with the delights and joys of abandoned idyllic beaches, discover the safety and comfort of family life in Mumbai and La Paz, share the thrill of sunrise with dolphins in Bali and experience the open-mouthed dumbstruck awe of amazing Macchu Pichu.
Faces 'n Places is written with warmth and humour and puts you, the reader, in the position of chief voyeur of one girls' quest for truth and happiness around the world. Whether you like to travel independently or packaged or just like to share in another's ups and downs of life - Faces 'n Places is full of information and insight into our wonderful world of differences and possibilities.
Kelly Marshall was born in Turkey in 1968 to a British Forces family. She dislikes discipline for disciplines sake, acts on impulse and has moved many times. Now, after numerous years of living in Britain, she has set up home in Belgium with her partner Guillaume. They hope to join her sister and family in Australia in the near future. This is her first book.