"This was our home. We were all wanderers, travellers to the core, and we were in our element: a lone road, a mission, new places and spaces to witness and explore. We were kindred spirits seeking an unfiltered glimpse, however brief, into the heart of the moment. We were each seeking the unfamiliar, chomping at the bit to feel, to connect with the world around us."
- From the Dogs of Nam. Available now!
I don't know much about anything, but I do know that few things teach you about life like travel. Chaos and confusion and awkwardness all ebb and flow alongside wonder, and peace, and heart-stopping awe. The Road, for better or worse, is a proving ground, a place to learn and grow and love and fall apart.
That's why I travel.
And that's why I want to share these stories.
The Dogs of Nam is a collection of short stories from the past decade of my travels. Part clueless comedy, part poetic meditation, all true. Follow along as I fumble my way through life as a budget backpacker, illuminating the lessons I've learned along the way. From being stalked by a jaguar in Costa Rica to shitting my brains out in front of strangers on safari in Kenya, The Dogs of Nam will, at worst, entertain you, and at its best it will prod you into an adventure of your own.
REVIEWS FROM AMAZON
"Traveler or not - this book is well worth a read! Chris writes without a filter, which will leave you cracking up at how absurd some of these situations are that he ends up in. Aside from the humor, there's also plenty of inspirational takeaway as well as insightful peeks into vastly different cultures. His level of description in this book will make it easy to gather a mental picture of each scenario and how he was feeling - which sometimes may be more than you might want to picture! In spite of all his misadventures and challenges, none of it is enough to stop or discourage him which is certainly motivational. From the States, to Africa, Europe, and Asia, Chris has just about seen it all - and now he's here to tell us about it. As for me, this is something I could read a few times through, and certainly plan on doing so!"
"The Dogs of Nam is full of both hilarious and somber lessons from the author's travels. At times it had me cracking up at the absurdity of the situations Oldfield found himself in and his hysterical way of describing the filthiest of circumstances. At others, I was left speechless and teary-eyed. Especially after learning the origin story of the book’s peculiar name."
"It was hard to put down. The book is full of stories of places that most of us will never visit and some places we have never even heard of. The author beautifully describes his stories of travel and people he meets along the way. Christopher Oldfield is self-deprecating, brutally honest, and shares amazing insights of his lessons learned along the way. Some of his experiences are terrifying, some stories hit close to home and some are just full out hysterically funny. Throughout his travels, he remains true to his always polite Canadian roots. I look forward to more of his tales of travel."
"I read the crap outta this book! The stories themselves are endlessly entertaining but what makes this travel book really special is the author's voice. Oldfield's off-kilter poetic post-punk Buddhist prose are as raw and honest as you please. The book isn't a step by step how to travel but I do find that it teaches a how to be while traveling. Looking forward to more tales of adventure from this guy!"
For a more in-depth book review check out this blog post by Adam from Wanderway!