Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Jamaican on Saipan

I can't tell you how many times I've been asked the question, "Is there a book about Saipan you would recommend?" Usually the person asking the question is someone living in the United States considering a move to Saipan; other times it is just someone who wants to know what it's like out here (well, there, since I'm writing this from Florida).

I used to recommend Saipan: the ethnology of a war-devastated island by Alexander Spoeher. This book doesn't tell you anything about the Saipan that is, but it contains gobs of information of the Saipan that was (it was published the same year one of my parents were born). I also direct people's attentions towards The Saipan Blog and the We Love Saipan Network.

I am now adding Jamaican On Saipan: The True Story of One Man's Escape from the Rat Race to Live a Personal Nomadpreneur's Dream!: (A Unique Travel Guide by Walt Goodridge to my book list. Let the news go out to all who will listen: My list now contains two books.

Regular readers of this blog probably recognize Walt's name. He's the skinny Jamaican dude (yes, there is a Jamaican living on Saipan) that writes for the Saipan Tribune every Wednesday. We've planted trees together; hiked down to Forbidden Island together; created websites together; why, we've even played soccer together (although our team Taya Talent never won a single game).

Walt describes himself as "just an ordinary guy living a vegan lifestyle on a tropical island in the Pacific Ocean." Even if you aren't a skinny Jamaican I recommend his book. Walt captures the essence of tropical living in Jamaican on Saipan. Your experience in paradise will likely not be the same as his, but you can expect to do things you never dreamed of doing.

Saipan is a place where you can be anything, but don't take my word for it. Read Dr. David Khorram's blog post, Saipan: What I like about you. You trust a doctor, don't you?

In my tenure on Saipan I won national environmental awards, met the President of the United States, ran for political office, visited an active submarine volcano, fell in love, fell out of love, fell back in love, all while managing to not miss a single episode of LOST thanks to the Internet.

Walt's book is a great read. I recommend it.

You can order your copy of Jamaican On Saipan: The True Story of One Man's Escape from the Rat Race to Live a Personal Nomadpreneur's Dream!: (A Unique Travel Guide from Amazon.com.

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