Could you give me a Ride?
Could you give me a Ride? A hitchhiking trip around the world: This book is a startling September 2015 rediscovery: In the early 1950s, a young woman sets off on a trip around the world, alone and with no money in her pocket. Her story is as fresh today as it was back then. Katharina von Arx responds to threats and marriage proposals alike with imperturbable level-headedness and good humour, curiosity and a delightfully carefree attitude.
Katharina von Arx writes charming begging letters to shipping companies, asking for free passage on their vessels with breezy but tenacious persistence, until eventually she is offered a crossing from Genoa to Bombay. There she ekes out an existence selling sketches, somehow always managing to find helpful people to offer her shelter or help with her onward journey. She shrugs off pushy suitors and turns down marriage proposals with remarkable imperturbability. She narrowly escapes being press-ganged into Prince Abdul's harem, falls through a paper doorway in Japan and is almost overrun by hordes of visitors at the Taj Mahal because at night-time her skin glows white as a tombstone. America takes her to its heart, dubbing her the »Hitchhiking Swiss Miss« (Los Angeles Times) and inviting her onto all the talk shows. This anachronistically modern woman tells of her adventures with the candidness, ingeniousness and sparkling humour that helped her survive them all unscathed.