Despite sometimes feeling like a work of fiction this book is actually based on the true story of Jamie Baywood's travels around New Zealand. Written in a diary form, Jamie shares with her readers tales about the jobs she worked whilst travelling and the people she met along the way.
I have never visited New Zealand and knew little about it before picking up this book. Throughout my journey reading Jamie's story I have picked up a few interesting snippets of information about the country, and can understand how easy it would have been for Jamie to get confused trying to understand the accents and dialects spoken over there.
It was a quick and easy read, and will take you to some interesting places meeting some quirky characters along the way.
The back page blurb:
Craving change and lacking logic, at 26, Jamie, a cute and quirky Californian, impulsively moves to New Zealand to avoid dating after reading that the country’s population has 100,000 fewer men. In her journal, she captures a hysterically honest look at herself, her past and her new wonderfully weird world filled with curious characters and slapstick situations in unbelievably bizarre jobs. It takes a zany jaunt to the end of the Earth and a serendipitous meeting with a fellow traveler before Jamie learns what it really means to get rooted.
Title: Getting Rooted in New Zealand
Author: Jamie Baywood