Travel isn’t always easy. You get lost, you get sick. You’re lonely, scared, poor, unprepared, naive. And yet you do it anyway. Matt Gross, the former “Frugal Traveler” for the New York Times, knows this situation well. Across 60 countries, 30 years, and countless miles, he’s faced down the challenges of life on the road, and come up smiling. A bit dirtier, perhaps, or chastened, or more confused than ever, but satisfied—and ever more in love with the mysteries, the flavors, and the people he meets on his travels.
The Turk Who Loved Apples is the story of his encounters with these challenges over a lifetime of travel, from Albania and Denmark to Kyrgyzstan and Vietnam.