Terrified of flying and in a crumbling marriage, Maddy Kendrick agrees to go on a trip with her husband to treat both problems. She soon realized that backpacker travel is no romantic picnic. Faced with unknown cultures and terse criticism from Richard, Maddy feels stuck between wishing she was free and needing her husband. Traveling in Nepal and India brings out the best and worst of their relationship. While visiting an ancient Indian fort in the city of Jaipur, Maddy finally snaps. She flees over the fort drawbridge out into the city streets.
Alone and adrift she follows the original trip plan to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. She meets a host of interesting, wise, and seasoned travelers who teach her not only how to travel on her own, but how to find what is most important in her life. Just as she is about to reconnect with Richard, she receives news that will change her life forever.
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From Through the Ganesh Gate
The passport slipped from Maddy’s fingers and her world blurred for a moment. The crisp, blank pages fluttered for an instant before they collided with the cold tile floor. She stood at her kitchen counter staring down at it. The passport was new, stiff and formal; the gold eagle embossed in profile. She lifted herself, pressed her palms to her forehead and leaned into her hands with a groan. What had she gotten herself into? She was not a world traveler, or any kind of traveler for that matter. Why had she agreed to this trip?
And then there was Richard. They barely got along at home even with all the built-in distractions. How were they going to travel together without killing one another? Maddy felt a sickening panic rise in her chest like a kettle nearing a boil. She wanted to scream, to run, but as always, she took a deep breath to slow her racing heart. She wiped her watering eyes and picked up the passport again. She would find a way to get through this. Maybe she would even enjoy seeing the world. If she could make it to Nepal, she could walk and walk for days. She would just have to hold it together until then; everything will be alright, she muttered.
Through the Ganesh Gate