book 2, travelling

and we (still) need to talk about sex

Travelling around the world, Alice and her team build an international network for the Easy Town Project.

Travelling with them are the past, personal demons and unwittingly the issue of sex.

Alice isn’t happy to be on this handshaking mission, and she would much rather be with her main team in London and continue to work on the town ideas.

But as each country adds something new and unexpected to the journey, Alice eventually concedes that the encounters and challenges along the way will shape the future of the project. Besides, she enjoys most of the adventures, and her recklessness has the occasional field day.

While book 1 introduces the town project, book 2 places the town ideas in a broader and international context.

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

book 2/1, travelling, Happy Flying


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‘Just so we’re on the same page,’ Alice said. ‘We’ll go on this journey to get a shiny reputation, to meet some of our not yet existing international teams, to see some Hub Stations, and to get a better idea of what we’ve gotten ourselves into?’
‘Yes, that’s us.’

book 1, beginning

The
journey

book 2/1

Tom’s estate
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New York
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San Francisco
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Rio de Janeiro
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Buenos Aires
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South Africa
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Australia

The
journey

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China
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Otaon
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Romania
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Russia
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Berlin
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(+ London)


Preview: Rio de Janeiro

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book 2/1, travelling

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Diplomacy isn’t Alice’s thing. But lucky for her, she meets some people who don’t require diplomacy.

Some are allies, some villains, and some might turn out to be the one or the other.

Book 2/1, travelling is also available in single chapters, and you can find additional information on the chapter pages.

Contents


Recap


Prelude
Happy Flying
San Francisco


Rio de Janeiro


Buenos Aires


South Africa
Flight to Sydney


Australia
Time off


‘So we only succeed on this planet, because there are enough rogue people who enjoy exploiting their fellow humans? Is that what you’re saying? Cheers to all the bastards?’

book 2/1, travelling, Australia

book 2/1, travelling, chapters 1-5


(1) San Francisco

The journey kicks off to a bumpy start: Alice slips up, something is brewing within the travelling team, the meeting with a property mogul leaves Alice in a bad mood, and eventually Alice and Tom take a decision which is greeted with a stonewall from the travelling team.

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(2) Rio de Janeiro

Twice in Rio, Alice has to confront dark memories. In one case, retelling a nightmare earns her some respect. In the other case, Devery is glad that no one else is listening to their conversation. Not that he disagrees, but some of Alice’s thoughts are rather dark.

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(3) Buenos Aires

At first, the travelling team get something of a breather ‘just talking, sharing ideas, pondering small and big questions.’ Then a tragedy gives them a punch in the stomach, Alice struggles with some news, others scheme to sabotage the project, and Jack receives a heavy blow.

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(4) South Africa

The stay in Injaberg is marked by clashes, Alice’s jumble of thoughts on colonialism and racism, an unexpected mediator, and news that divide the travelling team. In the aftermath of an attempted coup within the travelling team, some struggle to find their footing again.

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(5) Australia

Jack recaps the first days in Sydney, and he concludes that things are looking up. The next day, he fights with a jelly cocoon, witnesses zoo talks at breakfast, Brexit talks at lunch, and a town excursion afterwards. His day ends with a lonely beer. The following day has to be better. It is – sort of.

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Reading single country chapters

It’s possible to read a single country chapter. There are overlaps between the chapters, but each chapter also has its own story. Besides, each chapter includes a recap.

Generally, it’s recommendable to read the complete journey. ‘It’s quite something,’ as Alice puts it. However, if you are only interested in a single country or in a single subject, then buying a country chapter or an extracts collection would be the right choice for you.

To give you an example: if you are only interested in colonialism or in the penis trauma, then you are perfectly fine with buying the South Africa chapter or the China chapter respectively. Or you could buy the corresponding extracts collection, in this case The beauty of modern slavery (for colonialism) or The penis trauma.

There is one other argument in favour of single chapters.

If you want to read book 2 over a longer period of time, then the recaps in the chapter editions can help you to get back into the story even after a longer break.

You save about €1.60 if you buy book 2/1 or book 2/2 instead of the respective single chapters. The price difference is due to third-party payment fees.


book 2/2, travelling, cover

Preview: Flight to Beijing

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book 2/2, travelling

and we still need to talk about sex


Refreshed from the holidays on the East Coast of Australia, the travelling team begin the second part of their journey around the world.

However, the visit to China is very different from everything the team have encountered so far, and the following stops couldn’t be more different either.

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Contents


Flight to Beijing
China


Otaon


Romania


Flight to Moscow
Russia


Berlin
Afterthoughts
Postscript


The watcher is a reminder that humans will only progress if and when they strive to understand what it is they are doing, and when they ask themselves why they are doing it.

book 2/2, travelling, Otaon

book 2/2, travelling, chapters 6-10


(6) China

For Alice the visit in China starts with two secrets. One secret helps her to keep an open mind during some meetings. The other might help her to understand herself better. Meanwhile, the project’s adversaries come up with new plans, but it’s the assassins who get too close.

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(7) Otaon

Otaon is a most remarkable chapter on the travelling team’s journey. It’s a feast with fairy tales, humour and wisdom, an unexpected adventure, a celebration of human ingenuity, an acknowledgement of human faults, a journey magic and a little tragic but overall uplifting.

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(8) Romania

Despite some drawbacks, Alice has a great time in Romania. Not everyone is happy about that, but when Alice and Bertok develop a new idea, almost everyone is enthused, and Alice spends a sleepless night to ponder a crucial question. Meanwhile, Jack is troubled in Italy.

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(9) Russia

Filip and Natasha invite Alice to an exclusive ball. Thanks to the sex talk, Alice has a lot of fun. But then things start to go downhill, and after a warning, the travelling team goes into hiding. Disguised, Alice travels to meet the one person who might know what the heck is going on.

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(10) Berlin

When Alice arrives in Berlin, she feels strange. Five months ago, she left with the idea for a town experiment. Now she returns as the head of the town project. It’s time to wrap up her old life. After two very different goodbyes, the launch of the new Hub takes centre stage, and the sex talk gets new input.

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Which book to read first?

Book 1 or book 2?

Starting the series with book 1 is comparable to meeting someone in kindergarten, whereas starting with book 2 is like meeting someone in your first job. There will be things you don’t know about your colleague, but you can still follow the present part of your colleague’s story.

In general, book 1 is like a truckload of wholegrain bread: it’s interesting, fun, intriguing, and it’s a lot.

Book 2 is more varied in every respect: travelling to different countries, meeting people from all walks of life, clashes with strangers, intriguing encounters, adventures and a lot more. It’s even more varied in the way the chapters are written. In fact, many chapters of book 2 have a character of their own.

There is still wholegrain included, but more of the fluffy bread roll kind, mostly.

Personally, I like to zigzag through book 2. After all, it’s fun to return to Copacabana Beach, to go through all the tensions in South Africa, to be at a garden party with princes, to drink with a landlady in Romania, to have fun at a ball in Russia. To say nothing about all the other encounters.

Mind you, it’s not all fun — far from it.

If you don’t mind missing out on some adventures and developments, then it is possible to start with book 2/2, or to read just book 2/1 or just book 2/2.

But if you consider reading a whole part of book 2 anyway, then I’d recommend to go on the entire journey. It’s worth it.

‘Where do generalisations lead us? We put people with boobs in one bucket and people without boobs in another, and there: we believe we understand the world.’
‘You do know that men have breasts too?’
‘All right, let me be more precise: we put milkboobs in one bucket and all other boobs in the other. And we still believe we understand the world.’

book 2/1, travelling, Rio de Janeiro

book 2/1, travelling, book cover

book 2/1, travelling


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Prelude, Happy Flying, San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, South Africa, Flight to Sydney, Australia, Time off

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book 2/2, travelling, book cover

book 2/2, travelling


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Flight to Beijing, China, Otaon, Romania, Flight to Moscow, Russia, Berlin, Afterthoughts, Postscript

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photo series, title images for book 1-12 and more, easy town books, by Charlie Alice Raya

About the series

The overall story is simple: A town experiment is planned in several stages, the town is built, the town gets into trouble, and some of the main characters mess things up.

photo series, surfaces I, bark, by Charlie Alice Raya

The origins of the Easy Town idea

The call came on a Sunday in April 2012.

photo series, Venice mirror, 2011, by Charlie Alice Raya

The
original
story

Once the idea for an Easy Town was born, I frequently used stories to explore the ideas involved.

Preview book 2/1:
Rio de Janeiro, day 4

Preview book 2/2:
Flight to Beijing

sex talk, 2010

The sex talk

Originally, I only wanted a fun opening for book 2, but then discussions about our sexuality started to pile up.

book 2, Argentina

Random thoughts

I called Devery earlier. Great listener, a huge bag of experience, and a sober mind (contrary to my present me mind). He managed to get me out of that self-pity pit. Said it’s always better to create something extraordinary than to waste your life in a safe bubble.

book 2/2, travelling, Berlin