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Exploring New Europe

A Bicycle Journey



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Exploring New Europe by Barry D Wood
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Bicycle touring 2,500 miles alone across New Europe is not for the faint of heart, but Barry D. Wood spends several vacations doing just that on his trusty Cannondale hybrid. During an arduous journey-from the shores of the Baltic Sea, across the Polish plain, through Central Europe to the Danube, and over the Carpathian and Balkan mountains to the Adriatic Sea-Barry is repeatedly helped by friendly people who offer shelter and share stories of life under communism and the challenging transition that followed. This is his story of adventure, people, disparate cultures, challenging terrain and historical context. Barry D. Wood is an economics journalist in Washington, DC. For three years in the 1990s, as the Voice of America correspondent in Prague, he wrote extensively about the transition from communism to democracy and market economies in Central and Eastern Europe.

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Barry D. Wood is a writer and broadcaster in Washington, DC. He is the international economics correspondent for RTHK radio in Hong Kong, and contributes to, USA Today, and in South Africa. His first overseas travel was a five-month stint in 1963 as a deck boy on the Swedish freighter Parrakoola from San Francisco to Australia. Later he worked on Norwegian and Dutch passenger liners. For over two decades Barry was the chief economics correspondent at Voice of America, during which time he reported from more than 60 countries. He comes from Grand rapids, Michigan and has B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics from Western Michigan University, with short-term study at Oxford and in Yugoslavia. His website is
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January 10th, 2017
Illustrations, black and white
Barry D. Wood
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