What can a 40-something, childless woman do with her life? Hop on a plane and follow the footsteps of historical female explorers, writers and artists!
Mia Kankimäki leaves her job, sells her apartment and travels to Africa to see where Karen Blixen – the Danish author, baroness and coffee farmer – lived in the 1920s. She goes to Japan in search of a cure for her depression, and to research Yayoi Kusama, the world-renowned artist. In Italy, she spends days looking for forgotten Renaissance women painters of the Uffizi Gallery, Florence. If these women could make it in the world hundreds of years ago, why couldn’t she?
The book is part travelogue and part biography: Kankimäki writes about the lost women adventurers of history – perfect reading for adult fans of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, and anyone who wants to travel to all the places they’ve ever read about.
Mia Kankimäki has worked as an editor and copywriter and previously published Things That Make One’s Heart Beat Faster (Otava 2013), a book that took her to Kyoto in search of Sei Shonagon, a Japanese noblewoman and writer who lived a thousand years ago.