The Tour is over, so now it’s time to sit back, relax, pour myself a big glass of Pinot Noir and reminisce about those halcyon days of travelling the world.
I have to say, The Tour was one of the best ideas I stole from people who are smarter and better at marketing than I am; it’s cheap, simple and has the potential to introduce you to a much wider audience. And it might have actually worked if I had kept in mind that it was supposed to be a promotional tour. As it happened, I met so many great people and began having such a good time that I became caught up in the adventure and usually forgot to mention the book.
Still, it was very worthwhile, and as I sit here sipping my noir, I can look back on some memorable moments and interesting tour statistics:
– Visits: 26
– Furthest: this was a tie between Suzer and Vicki Gray, both in Australia
– Closest: Marsha, from London
– Most Memorable: sitting on Wendy’s porch drinking mint juleps
– Most Fun: going on an outing with Jen and her Girl Guides
– Most Relaxing: this is a tie between Andy Mont in Tenerife, Paul Allen in Catalunya and Debs in Murcia; I love sitting in the sun drinking beer
– Most Exotic: being hosted by an Azeri (Scary Azeri) in London
– Most Hectic: visiting Kat and her family on the USAF Base in Suffolk
– Most Ironic: posting a virtual tour post while actually being in the place I claimed to be (Brainard, NY)
– Second Most Ironic: visiting Northumberland, then going home and posting from Bizzywig’s blog as if I were in Northumberland
– Most Amazing Coincidence: posting about an unsung fingerprint expert on Brit Fancy’s blog and finding out she was the great-great-granddaughter of the man I wrote about
– Biggest Shock: showing up at Mickey’s place in Massachusetts, prepared for a bloke weekend of drinking beer and catching some American football on the tube, only to discover Mickey is not a guy but an attractive woman
It is also worthy of note that, of the 26 people who hosted me, 23 one of them were woman. I don’t know quite what to make of that, but it sure was nice.
And one final Tour statistic:
– Books sold: 3
C’mon people, you’re not keeping your end up!
Seriously, thanks again to everyone involved for making this a success. Now I’ll have to look around for another good idea to steal.
Thanks and Good-bye from
The 2009 KINDNESS of STRANGERS TOUR
Michael Harling is the author of
“Postcards From Across the Pond – dispatches from an accidental expat”
“Laugh out loud funny regardless of which side of the pond you call home. Bill Bryson move over, there’s a new American expat in town with a keen sense of humor.”
— Jeff Yeager, author of “The Ultimate Cheapskate”