travelling, Romania


Book 2/2, travelling

chapter 8: Romania


book 2/2, travelling, and we still need to talk about sex, book cover, part Romania, by Charlie Alice Raya

travelling, and we still need to talk about sex

Travelling around the world, Alice and her team further an international network for the Easy Town Project. Travelling with them are the past, personal demons, prejudice and unwittingly the issue of sex.

‘(…) we can continue to whine about the state of the world, or we can employ our imagination and explore how to do better.’

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from book 2/2, travelling, Romania

Andy nodded, Bea looked pleased, and Hachiro stepped away from a window, closing his folder. ‘Eleven dot.workshops running fine and seven about to open. Fantastic. Is there anything at all planned for today?’
‘Yes,’ Tim stated and checked his watch. ‘You will meet the local team at the hotel in three hours. It is an informal get-together in a private lounge at the hotel.’
‘It’s all very relaxed,’ Jesse added. ‘Tomorrow, there will be tours and meetings for Adeola, Devery and Hachiro. And Bertok Morar, the local team leader, hopes that Alice and Andy will join him for talks about the town experiment.’
‘This Bertok,’ Alice said, looking up. ‘Is he the one who sent the team application?’
‘Yes,’ Jesse confirmed. ‘Some say he’s a genius. He is a mathematician, a pianist, a town planner and an architect.’
‘Wow,’ Hachiro uttered. ‘That’s a lot.’
‘And practical,’ Adeola remarked. ‘Ideal for our project.’
Andy grumbled dismissively. ‘To build a town, you need more than a maths heavy town planner architect who pushes some keys.’
Alice looked at Andy quizzically.
‘Just saying …’ Andy muttered. ‘I don’t trust geniuses.’
Alice chuckled. ‘Well, it will be interesting to meet him. Maybe we can lure him to London.’
‘Probably not,’ Jesse said. ‘When he accepted his role as team leader, he promised he would stay with the team in Romania, no matter what.’

TRAVELLING

Romania

‘He was kinda good looking for a white guy and someone your age.’
Alice smiled a little and shook her head. ‘It wasn’t attractiveness. More like, here is a free mind. A mind with a million options or worlds even.

book 2/2, travelling, Romania

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Romania

This is one of the most delightful stages on the journey, and despite some drawbacks, Alice has a great time. But not everyone is happy about that.

note: These pandemic times are strange times. On particularly dark days, the chapters Otaon, Romania and Russia are my go-to chapters to put the smiles and some defiance back on.

note: If you don’t mind some spoilers, this is probably the best chapter to get an idea of what the book series is about.

tags: clarity and staring, trains and birds, historic villages and geese, the time of the dwarfs and daisies, the past creeping up and a bell tower, a thunderstorm and a lady, toasts and not drinking alone, darkness and a shared history, conducting and riding on a wave, excitement and perusing later, jeballulo and simple measures, the heart goes boom, boom, boom, on the Italian coast, the memory of a rape impulse, an announcement, I want, I want, I want, Jack’s daughter is on a roll, a meeting on the airliner, an unwelcome call, a morning and scars, powerful players are celebrating, Devery and Andy make preparations, a walk at night

Pages: 92 pages, 25k words
Format: ePub
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‘That’s what it’s going to be like, isn’t it? We’ll get everything ready, and then we’ll keep running against walls. The question is: Who will give in first? The wall or our skulls?’
‘The wall.’

book 2/2, travelling, Romania

book 2/1, travelling, chapters 1-5


book 2/1, travelling, and we need to talk about sex, book cover, part United States, by Charlie Alice Raya

(1) United States

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(1) UNITED STATES

Alice isn’t happy to be on this handshaking mission around the world, and her meeting with the property mogul Clive Stodd only adds to her grumpiness.

‘I walked myself right into your sex talk, didn’t I?’ Tom groaned, nearly bumping into another urn.

book 2/1, travelling, San Francisco

tags: grumpiness and oranges, the tour of the airliner and a surprise, security measures and a therapy, a pep talk gone wrong, we need to talk about sex, urns, sexy outfits, property negotiations, workout in the morning and couple therapy, tickles and questions, learn how to defend yourself, university speech, chaos and walls, LGBTQ+, Is homosexuality an intrusion?

Pages: 88
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book 2/1, travelling, and we need to talk about sex, book cover, part Brazil, by Charlie Alice Raya

(2) Brazil

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(2) BRAZIL

Twice in Rio, Alice has to confront dark memories from her past. In one case, retelling a nightmare earns her some respect. In the other case, Devery is glad that no one else is listening.

‘There is no such thing as a woman or a man. Though, there is Amen.’

book 2/1, travelling, Rio de Janeiro

tags: the mother dragon, stark contrasts, kamikaze, favela, a functioning ecosystem of a different kind, a nightmare, a walk along Copacabana Beach, What’s wrong with a girls night?, traumatic run-ins with women, women prison and inferiority complexes, a world run by women, I never wanted to be a woman, limping, penis length, gender

Pages: 69
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book 2/1, travelling, and we need to talk about sex, book cover, part Argentina, by Charlie Alice Raya

(3) Argentina

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(3) ARGENTINA

While the travelling team gets something of a breather, others are scheming to sabotage the project, and Jack receives a heavy blow.

‘For Christ’s sake,’ the prominent grey thundered. ‘Is there no reliance on wives any more? What about sex? What was that all about?’

book 2/1, travelling, Buenos Aires

tags: Nazis and Perón, coping with the past, Hub Station Buenos Aires, sexual violence, a new initiative, on the side of power, coming to terms with some changes, big players, reconnecting, thinking, as free as a bird, trust, a sky party

Pages: 64
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book 2/1, travelling, and we need to talk about sex, book cover, part South Africa, by Charlie Alice Raya

(4) South Africa

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(4) SOUTH AFRICA

The visit starts relatively relaxed with meetings at the Hub Station in Cape Town. The stay in Injaberg, on the other hand, is marked by clashes, an unexpected mediator and news that divide the team.

On the flight to Sydney, two dreams play a part. One dream leads to a movie night.

‘You don’t know much about Africa, do you?’ Lesedi remarked, exchanging a glance with Karabou.
Alice twitched her mouth. ‘No.’

book 2/1, travelling, South Africa

tags: the Hub Station in Cape Town, extending the Hub network, friends, violence, a new initiative, surprises, clashes, colonialism and Winnetou, racism, Adeola confronts someone, in the garden, colours of the skin, HIV and a priest, stories from the East, Alice needs help, at the bar, tell me about fame, art, lemon water, breaking the cycle, a moment, white Africans, news that divide the team, trust, an attempted coup, good and evil, digesting, movie night, a deal

Pages: 144
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book 2/1, travelling, and we need to talk about sex, book cover, part Australia, by Charlie Alice Raya

(5) Australia

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(5) AUSTRALIA

Alice is full of energy and unaware that danger is closing in. Meanwhile, Jack is trying to find his place within the team.

‘At heart I’m a lone wolf. And even though I believe this town is going to be exceptional, I would still choose the tree house for myself, at least as a retreat.’

book 2/1, travelling, Australia

tags: reports, the Hub Station Sydney, fashion and advent, strictly male, deep energies and a jelly cocoon, a zoo at breakfast, Brexit in a fish restaurant, rethink the EU, history following you around, a moment, dead towns and street musicians, an unpleasant revelation and a clash, group photos, a bet, thinking, holidays, sleeping, dancing, sitting, beauty

Pages: 99
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book 2/2, travelling, chapters 6-10


book 2/2, travelling, and we still need to talk about sex, book cover, part China, by Charlie Alice Raya

(6) China

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(6) CHINA

The visit to China is very different from everything the team has encountered so far. And while the team tries to make sense of it all, their enemies get far too close.

Whenever we try to learn without needing to know, we are likely to fail, or we feel like we have reached our limits.’

book 2/2, travelling, China

tags: getting up to date after the holidays, some notes on domestic violence, the penis trauma, walls, a secret meeting and deep energy secrets, oldest nations, culture and values, marriage and parenthood, dos and don’ts, a gateway, traffic lights and overpopulation, economic balances and spirals, big market players, we are all the same, the question of complicity, a walk with a friend, meeting a master

Pages: 155
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book 2/2, travelling, and we still need to talk about sex, book cover, part Otaon, by Charlie Alice Raya

(7) Otaon

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(7) OTAON

No one knew what to expect from the short visit to Otaon, an ancient, influential and rich kingdom in the Middle East.
Of course, it would be very hot due to the desert climate, and there would be many princes thanks to the extensive royal family.

‘Historians say that a free-spirited princess brought this about. However, it is forbidden to tell the story, because it might inspire young people to make up their own laws.’
Jazz chuckled. ‘But you know the story?’
‘You can laugh or I can tell you the story of Princess Marlana and her guards in black.’’

Book 2/2, travelling, Otaon

tags: princes and princesses in a palace garden, prejudice and fairy tales, fashion and fear, a fountain, racism slips out, a panic attack, an unexpected clash, a macho moment, deep energies and a big hall, Christianity in various hiccups, they should have protected you, Jazz towers over someone, a tour of Sitseaf, a goodbye, breasts or bleeding?, The Great Library of Sitseaf, a last tour

Pages: 164
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book 2/2, travelling, and we still need to talk about sex, book cover, part Romania, by Charlie Alice Raya

(8) Romania

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(8) ROMANIA

This is one of the most delightful stages on the journey, and despite some drawbacks, Alice has a great time. But not everyone is happy about that.

[note] If you don’t mind some spoilers, this is probably the best chapter to get an idea of what the book series is about.

‘He was good looking enough, for a white guy and someone your age.’
Alice smiled a little and shook her head. ‘It wasn’t attractiveness. More that here is a free mind. A mind with a million options or worlds even.’

book 2/2, travelling, Romania

tags: clarity and staring, trains and birds, historic villages and geese, the time of the dwarfs and daisies, the past creeping up and a bell tower, a thunderstorm and a lady, toasts and not drinking alone, darkness and a shared history, conducting and riding on a wave, excitement and perusing later, jeballulo and simple measures, the heart goes boom, boom, boom, on the Italian coast, the memory of a rape impulse, an announcement, I want, I want, I want, Jack’s daughter is on a roll, a meeting on the airliner, an unwelcome call, a morning and scars, powerful players are celebrating, Devery and Andy make preparations, a walk at night

Pages: 92
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book 2/2, travelling, and we still need to talk about sex, book cover, part Russia, by Charlie Alice Raya

(9) Russia

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(9) RUSSIA

Alice has been invited to a ball, but security can’t accompany her, so someone has to pose as her boyfriend. And that is just the very beginning of an unexpected adventure.

[Hachiro] ‘And before you deepen that grimace of yours, it’s a special gown. You can take off the skirt any time and wear the top with the leather-look trousers below.’
Alice smiled lopsidedly. ‘Oh, well … You know how to trick me into a dress.’

book 2/2, travelling, Flight to Moscow

tags: Hachiro’s masterpieces and the boyfriend, the intellectuals and the millionaires, world views, frozen figures, the Russian elite, a stolen kiss, the prince and the queen, applause and pills from Giselle, a ball, bulges and urges, world domination and puking, wolves and sheep, a dance, a birthday toast, a message, a drive through the night, news, the cinema flat, sitting together, a transfer, just sex, go looking, on the limit, a barn, plums lined up, worth living for, losing it, BET, in a bakery, Where is the airliner?

Pages: 179
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book 2/2, travelling, and we still need to talk about sex, book cover, part Berlin, by Charlie Alice Raya

(10) Berlin

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(10) BERLIN

Alice still has a flat in Berlin, and it’s time for her to wrap up her old life.
After two very different goodbyes, Alice is back with her team, and she has a surprise for Andy, who struggles, not just with the unexpected information.

‘I am a hunter not a gatherer.’

book 2/2, travelling, Berlin

tags: Blondi and Mo, Berlin and the past, saying goodbyes, running out of mistakes, planet hopping, a clear cut, the team, moving on, lesbians, toasts and all cards on the table, beefs with politics, a lawyer, a party night, a narrative

Pages: approx. 112
Status: coming up

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