book 2, travelling

and we (still) need to talk about sex

Travelling around the world, Alice and her travelling 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.

Alice isn’t happy. Most of her closest allies are in London to set up the new base for the Easy Town Project. She, on the other hand, is on this diplomatic mission. And diplomacy just isn’t her thing.

Lucky for her, she encounters some people where diplomacy isn’t required. Some of them are allies, some villains and some might turn out to be either.

Again and again, the travelling team think they have seen it all by now. But each country adds something new and unexpected to their journey.

Book 2 is published in two parts, and single country chapters are also available.

‘Just so we are on the same page,’ Alice said. ‘We will 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 have gotten ourselves into?’
‘Yes, that’s us. And in between, we will visit China.’

book 1, beginning, at the conference

‘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

The journey starts in New York and takes the travelling team to San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, another location in South Africa, Sydney and the East Coast of Australia, Beijing, Kunming and another location in the Yunnan Province, Otaon, a fictitious ancient and rich kingdom in the Middle East, Bucharest and other locations in Romania, Moscow and other locations in Russia, Berlin and another location outside Berlin, and finally the travelling team reaches London where the main project teams set up the new base for the town project. In Berlin, Alice remarks: ‘It feels like we did planet hopping instead of visiting different countries.’


CONTENTS – book 2/1


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


CONTENTS – book 2/2


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

The
journey

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


book 2/1, travelling


Setting out

The travelling team start their journey from New York where Tom’s double-deck airliner is parked.
Alice isn’t happy to be on this handshaking mission, and her meeting with the property mogul Clive Stodd only adds to her grumpiness.


Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

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.


Argentina, Buenos Aires

The travelling team gets something of a breather ‘just talking, sharing ideas, pondering small and big questions.’ Meanwhile, others are scheming to sabotage the project, and Jack receives a heavy blow.


South Africa, Cape Town and Injaberg

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.


Australia, Sydney and other places

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


‘I know that look. Something is puzzling you.’
Alice smiled vaguely, looking up at him. ‘It’s a slippery thought. I try to catch it, but it keeps eluding me.’
‘Maybe I can help?’
Alice chuckled. ‘Sure, if you want to talk about beauty.’
Jack blushed.

book 2/1, travelling, Australia, Time Off

seven years easy town, book 2/1, travelling, and we need to talk about sex, book cover

Pages: 464 pages, 122k words
Format: ePub
Price: 7,77€ (incl. VAT)

€7.77 – BUY


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

more

(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
Price: €1,44 (incl. VAT)

€1.44 – BUY
book 2/1, travelling, and we need to talk about sex, book cover, part Brazil, by Charlie Alice Raya

(2) Brazil

more

(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
Price: €1,24 (incl. VAT)

€1.24 – BUY
book 2/1, travelling, and we need to talk about sex, book cover, part Argentina, by Charlie Alice Raya

(3) Argentina

more

(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
Price: €1,07 (incl. VAT)

€1.07 – BUY
book 2/1, travelling, and we need to talk about sex, book cover, part South Africa, by Charlie Alice Raya

(4) South Africa

more

(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
Price: €2.46 (incl. VAT)

€2.46 – BUY
book 2/1, travelling, and we need to talk about sex, book cover, part Australia, by Charlie Alice Raya

(5) Australia

more

(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
Price: €1.55 (incl. VAT)

€1.55 – BUY

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 the penis trauma, then you are perfectly fine with buying the South Africa or the China chapter respectively. Or you could buy the corresponding extract collection, in this case The beauty of modern slavery (for colonialism) or The penis trauma.

The price is the same regardless of whether you buy a single chapter or book 2/1 and book 2/2.

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, that come with the single chapters, can help you to get properly back into the story.


The
journey continued

after the holidays on the East Coast of Australia

/
|
/
|
/
|
/
|
/
|
/
|
China
/
|
/
|
/
|
/
|
/
|
/
Otaon
/
|
/
|
/
|
/
Romania
/
|
/
Russia
/
|
/
Berlin
|
/
+ London


book 2/2, travelling


China, Beijing, Kunming and other places

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.


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.


Romania, Bucharest and other places

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


Russia, Moscow and some other places

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.


Berlin

Alice still has a flat in Berlin, and it’s time for her to wrap up her old life.


No matter where you go — no matter your own prejudices or even grievances — there are always people around with brains and cojones!

book 2/2, travelling, Berlin

seven years easy town, book 2/2, travelling, and we still need to talk about sex, book cover

Pages: TBA
Format: ePub
Price: TBA

Book 2/2 will be published in May 2021.

Nearly all country chapters are already available China, Otaon, Romania and Russia.


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

more

(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
Price: €2.71 (incl. VAT)

€2.71 – BUY
book 2/2, travelling, and we still need to talk about sex, book cover, part Otaon, by Charlie Alice Raya

(7) Otaon

more

(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
Price: €2.78 (incl. VAT)

€2.78 – BUY
book 2/2, travelling, and we still need to talk about sex, book cover, part Romania, by Charlie Alice Raya

(8) Romania

more

(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
Price: €1.61 (incl. VAT)

€1.61 – BUY
book 2/2, travelling, and we still need to talk about sex, book cover, part Russia, by Charlie Alice Raya

(9) Russia

more

(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
Price: €3.05 (incl. VAT)

€3.05 – BUY
book 2/2, travelling, and we still need to talk about sex, book cover, part Berlin, by Charlie Alice Raya

(10) Berlin

more

(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


seven years easy town, book 2/1, travelling, and we need to talk about sex, book cover

book 2/1, travelling


Pages: 464 pages, 122k words
Format: ePub
Price: 7,77€ (incl. VAT)

€7.77 – BUY
seven years easy town, book 2/2, travelling, and we still need to talk about sex, book cover

book 2/2, travelling


Pages: TBA words
Format: ePub
Price: TBA

Book 2/2 will be published in May 2021.

Nearly all country chapters are already available China, Otaon, Romania and Russia.


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 has the advantage of being 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 often 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.


colour extreme by Alice Raya, Venice, 2011

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.

But eventually, the town emerges as an intriguing model on all counts: society, economy, environment and governance. And the main characters, well, they go through a lot.

more >>>

venice mirror by Alice Raya

The things I didn’t expect to write about

While writing book 2, I came across quite a few topics and incidents, both personal and more general, I didn’t expect to write about.

more >>>

photography: Ellen Paschiller

The origins of the Easy Town idea

The call came on a Sunday in April 2012.
My friend Easy was in a critical condition after an aneurysm had ruptured in his brain.

more >>>

photo: charlie alice raya, nude, Fischland Darß

The sex talk

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

more >>>