キリマンジャロ男が山に求めたもの(上) (世界冒険シリーズ)


キリマンジャロ男が山に求めたもの(上) (世界冒険シリーズ)
M・G・エドワーズ (著), 小澤 勉 (監修), 内田寿美 (翻訳)

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Kilimanjaro Japanese Front Cover (medium)世界冒険シリーズ第一弾『Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill』には、私自身がアフリカ最高峰キリマンジャロへ挑戦した記録が記されています。当事40歳だった私は、中年の危機に直面していました。そこで、生活を一新するためにキリマンジャロへの挑戦を決意しました。本書は中年になった私が挑戦したキリマンジャロ制覇までの道のりとその他の様々な試練を乗り越えた現実の記録です。当事、私は外交官としての仕事に行き詰まり、迷いとストレスを感じる日々を過ごしていました。そして2010年、新しい生活へ向かって飛び立つために、アフリカ最高峰であるキリマンジャロに挑戦することを決心しました。中年になってから、長年勤めた外交官を辞めて自分の夢を追いかけることには大きなためらいがあります。私にとっては巨大な挑戦であるキリマンジャロを制覇することができたら、著作業という自分の夢に向かって進んでいく不屈の精神を養えるに違いない。私はそう信じていました。2010の終わりに大いなる希望を抱いてスタートした登山ですが、すぐにキリマンジャロへ登ることがいかに困難であるかという現実に直面しました。「全ての人のエベレスト」として知られているこの山の山頂までの道のりは、これまで私が乗り越えてきた至難と比べ物にならないほど、想像を絶する試練でした。頂上に達するどころか、生き延びるために奮闘しなくてはならなかったのです。精神的かつ肉体的な強靭さを必要とするキリマンジャロ登山は、私の人生の最大の挑戦でした。この記録は、中年になったと感じ、困難に直面することがあっても生活を変える勇気が必要な人たちに是非読んでいただきたいと思っています。また、世界的に高い山々に登山しようと考えているアマチュア登山家達の参考にもなるはずです。キリマンジャロ登山への計画をじっくりと練ってから挑戦した私自身の考察やアドバイスが一杯詰っている本書は、キリマンジャロに登ろうと考えている読者に実行に踏み出す勇気を与え、様々な困難を乗り越えて頂上に達する助けになるでしょう。『Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill』は2012年グローバル電子書籍賞佳作賞を受賞しました。私自身が登った登山路の写真も60枚以上掲載されています。

著者について

ファンタジー、スリラー、トラベル・ライター。 2012年3月に『Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill』を出版。著者の「世界冒険シリーズ」第一弾である本書には著者がアフリカ最高峰キリマンジャロの登山に挑戦した記録が記されている。2011年には様々なジャンルの短編を編纂した『Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories』を出版。現在は心理スリラーと『世界冒険シリーズ』第二弾を執筆中。アイダホ大学で学士号を取得。ワシントン大学では中国研究とビジネス経営で修士号を取得。数年間、民間企業で働いた後、2004年にアメリカ合衆国国務省に入省。パラグアイ、韓国、ザンビアのアメリカ大使館で外交官として勤務する。2011年、執筆に専念するために国務省を退職。現在は妻ジング、息子アレックスと共にタイのバンコクに在住。家族で世界中を旅行した記録は、評判のトラベル・ブログ『World Adventurers』に記されている。

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キリマンジャロ男が山に求めたもの(上) (世界冒険シリーズ)
M・G・エドワーズ (著), 小澤 勉 (監修), 内田寿美 (翻訳)

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World Adventurers Celebrates 1,000 Posts


Dear Reader,

World Adventurers hit a major milestone today — 1,000 published posts! A thousand articles and updates later, this blog is still going strong.

I started World Adventurers in December 2004, as a way to update family and friends about life overseas. It has evolved in ways I never imagined when I wrote my first “Hello, World” post. Since then I’ve written about my books, writing, news and politics, humor, sports, finance, culture, thoughts and sayings, updates from around the world, and other topics. My travelogues have been by far this site’s most popular feature.

The early blog hosted by the now-defunct MSN Spaces Live had more than 350,000 hits and was featured regularly by Microsoft on its “What’s Your Story” page. At a time when blogging was far less ubiquitous, World Adventurers was — and remains — on the frontiers of digital media. whatsyourstory

Readership declined when Spaces Live folded and I took a breather from blogging in 2008-09. World Adventurers moved to WordPress in late 2010, and made a roaring comeback since then with another 300,000 hits. Earlier this year the site moved to its new and permanent home on my website, www.mgedwards.com, and was rebranded as World Adventurers Magazine. This site hosted by WordPress and featured on Freshly Pressed has remained so popular that I haven’t shut it down; it’s still going strong and complements the new e-zine. All told, World Adventurers has had about 700,000 unique hits and tens of thousands of visitors since its inception.

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Here are the 20 most popular and memorable posts published on World Adventurers:

Thanks for visiting World Adventurers. Here’s to 1,000 posts and many more!

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Angkor Wat Bike4Kids Race–Donations Needed!


Did you know that just $15 pays for a Cambodian girl’s healthcare costs for an entire year?

Did you know that just $30 pays for a monthly package of food and cleaning products for a Cambodian child living in prison?

Did you know that $60 pays for a vulnerable child to attend a social design school in Cambodia for two weeks to learn valuable craft skills?

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The 9th annual Angkor Wat Bike4Kids! Race on December 6, 2014, in Siem Reap, Cambodia is designed to address these needs…and more. Event organizers Village Focus International and Terre des Hommes – Netherlands hope to raise $60,000 from this year’s race to support shelters and training programs for exploited, abused, and disadvantaged women and children in Cambodia.

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2014 Angkor Wat Bike4Kids! Event

My son and I have committed to join this year’s race and will cycle 100 kilometers around the beautiful Angkor Wat temple complex to raise money for the women and children of Cambodia. I urge you to sponsor us for this year’s Angkor Wat Bike4Kids! event. Your support will help a great cause!

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The race organizers’ ambitious fundraising goal cannot be achieved without your help. Please consider donating to this worthy cause. There are several ways you can donate:

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For more information on ‘Angkor Wat Bike4Kids!’ and the causes this event supports, please visit the website www.bike4kids.org or download the presentations below.

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Presentations

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Thank Your for your Support! Donate today!

Angkor Wat Bike4Kids video, images and presentations courtesy of Angkor Wat Bike4Kids. All other images copyright MG Edwards. Used with permission.

Philippines


The Philippines is a land of contrasts. An archipelago of more than 7,100 islands with almost 100 million inhabitants, it is the most Hispanic nation in Asia but a place all its own. From shades of Spanish culture, Roman Catholicism and Islam, American-style malls and fast food, and its very name in honor of King Philip II of Spain, the country has long been shaped by foreign influences. Combined with its indigenous heritage, the Philippines has become a nation diverse and unique. From the millions of Filipinos who work hard around the world to provide for their families back home to the tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) that devastated the central part of the country in November 2013, the Philippines is a land filled with resilience and hope. Poverty and an increasing sense that life is getting better for most. Beauty and bad traffic. Gorgeous volcanoes that wipe out cities and villages. Delicious food cheap and fattening. Warm and friendly people who live life and make the best of what may come, for better or for worse. If you have the chance to visit the Philippines, take it. But don’t simply head to a beach resort for scuba diving and a tan. Hop in a Jeepney and go off the beaten path. You’ll never know what you’ll find in this incredible archipelago.

More About the Philippines

A View of Taal Lake and Volcano Island in Tagaytay

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Sunset over Manila Bay

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Entrance Gate of Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila

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Kilometer Marker 21 of the Bataan Death March and Mt. Samet on the Bataan Peninsula

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Click here to read the original article on MG Edwards. Visit MG Edwards for travelogues, photos and videos from around the world.

Thoughts & Sayings (June 2014)


Here are some thoughts and sayings I posted on Twitter and/or Facebook in April and May. To my knowledge, I made these up (for better or for worse). Sit back, relax, and enjoy the write!

Encouraging Words

1. Question this.

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2. Live it up but let it down slowly.

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3. It isn’t the end of the world, but avoid it like the plague.

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Twisted Words

4. This restaurant is notable. I can never get a reservation.

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5. If nobody’s perfect, I must be a nobody.

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Random Musings

6. Why can’t I move as fast as my brain?

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7. It’s never dangerous until it is.

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8. Why do people care if chickens cross the road?

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9. Every day, millions of people have their cake and eat it.

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Click here to visit the Thoughts & Sayings page, or click here to read the previous batch of Thoughts & Sayings.

Verda


“Verda” is one of the stories in Real Dreams:  Thirty Years of Short Stories. It is also available to read on Wattpad. Visit www.mgedwards.com for more books, stories, and travelogues from author M.G. Edwards.

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She rises in the evening sky like a beautiful green gem glowing in the early twilight. Watching over the earth, she bathes it in verdant light at the end of each day. She lies closer to our world than her barren twin, Luna, who shines brighter when the twilight turns to night. She is Verda, the green-tinged moon that orbits the earth. Also known as "Earth’s Sister," the small moon has long been an object of human obsession. For millennia, people have gazed up at her and wondered what secrets she has hidden in her veiled green atmosphere. It was not until the late twentieth century at the dawn of the Space Age, however, that many of her secrets were revealed.

Visit MG Edwards or Wattpad to read more of “Verda.”

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© 2014 Brilliance Press. All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted without the written consent of the author. This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental. Cover photo licensed from iiuri courtesy of Shutterstock.