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Bad Trips: Wonderful Essays about Awful Travel Experiences

Sloane Crosley on Lisbon

There are two great travel essays in Sloane Crosley’s wonderful second book, How Did You Get This Number. In “Le Paris!,” she explains why she and Paris have never gotten along. We’re partial to “Show Me on the Doll” (excerpted here), though, which finds Crosley alone in Lisbon. The solo trip is supposed to be an empowering celebration of her 30th birthday, but she spends much of it hiding in her hotel room, getting lost, and wanting to go home. She finally does meet some locals on her final night in town — and it turns out they’re hipster carnies!