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"In Paris (or anywhere else, really) a table for one can be a most delightful place." (Alone Time, as seen in The New York Times)

A wise, passionate account of the pleasures of travelling solo 

In our increasingly frantic daily lives, many people are genuinely fearful of the prospect of solitude, but time alone can be both rich and restorative, especially when travelling. Through on-the-ground reporting and recounting the experiences of artists, writers, and innovators who cherished solitude, Stephanie Rosenbloom considers how being alone as a traveler - and even in one's own city - is conducive to becoming acutely aware of the sensual details of the world - patterns, textures, colors, tastes, sounds - in ways that are difficult to do in the company of others.  

Alone Time is divided into four parts, each set in a different city, in a different season, in a single year. The destinations - Paris, Istanbul, Florence, New York - are all pedestrian-friendly, allowing travelers to slow down and appreciate casual pleasures instead of hurtling through museums and posting photos to Instagram. Each section spotlights a different theme associated with the joys and benefits of time alone and how it can enable people to enrich their lives - facilitating creativity, learning, self-reliance, as well as the ability to experiment and change. Rosenbloom incorporates insights from psychologists and sociologists who have studied solitude and happiness, and explores such topics as dining alone, learning to savor, discovering interests and passions, and finding or creating silent spaces. Her engaging and elegant prose makes Alone Time as warmly intimate an account as the details of a trip shared by a beloved friend - and will have its many listeners eager to set off on their own solo adventures.

©2018 Stephanie Rosenbloom (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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An enchanting and uplifting book

I enjoy this book so much that I listened to it twice. I just came back from my solo trip to Switzerland. I had a fabulous time. I thought about the author’s experience in the book during my trip, especially when I scrolled down the alleyway in the old town of Zurich in a beautiful summer night. I immensely enjoyed my solitude and try to let it linger as long as it can. This book shows you how to live a happy and meaningful life. Appreciate it in every little way. Thank you, Stephanie.

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For everyone out there

Whether you are thinking about going on a solo trip, have already planned it, or just want to begin dreaming about it, this book is for you! An empowering and refreshing listen as to what being alone (never lonely) really means. It also includes lots of great tips, webpages, apps and books to refer to if you wish to embrace the adventure, or just start savouring a little bit more of what every day life offers.

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I listened to this book during the fires.

I had family members who were in the recent active fire areas and were subsequently evacuated. Listening to this book was calming and empowering for me. I actually bought the book for future reference.