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Review: Livet är ett äventyr

Livet är ett äventyr

This is a collection of short stories by Staffan Heimerson, a renowned Swedish journalist. He is a big jolly guy, like a Swedish version of Bill Bryson. Many of the episodes are downright hilarious, such as the hunt for Bin Ladin in Falun and his road trip on the Karakoram Highway which connects China and Pakistan. He also describes being taken prisoner in Zimbabwe, where they put classified documents in the outdoor toilet to avoid suspicion.

I also enjoyed the opening chapter where he met Göran Kropp in Chatanga, before the infamous North Pole expedition in 2000. After the expedition had reached the North Pole, Heimerson traveled there himself. And what did he do on the pole? He peed on it.

I once met Heimerson in real life which was a bit of a letdown. But his storytelling is fun and engaging, so grab a copy of the book as perfect summer reading.

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