Map Books

The idea for Map Books was born when I was travelling together with Martijn Vermolen in Southeast Asia. Ten books were created. Each book contains one quote and poses one question. The books were given to fellow travellers who in some way has moved the previous possesor of the book, be it a casual conversation, some act they took, or even the way they look. If this person agrees to participate they have to answer the question and then it will be their turn to choose the next participant whom they meet on their journey. These books create a map of perception, an emotional map of people and a map of places. We hope that the books will be returned when complete so we can exhibit and publish them.

We are currently working on the 2nd version of Map Books as we have tweaked the idea quite a bit. We can’t go into any details yet, if it works it will be very exciting.

If you would like to hear more about our idea please contact us at connect@mapbooks.co.

 
Mitche and Martin, Pay, Thailand

Mitche and Martin, Pay, Thailand

Book of Places

Every place is a goldmine. You have only to give yourself time, sit in a teahouse watching the passers-by, stand in a corner of the market, go for a haircut. You pick up a thread - a word someone you have just met - and soon the most insipid, most insignificant place becomes a mirror of the world, a window on life, a theatre of humanity.
Tiziano Terzani 'A Fortune Teller Told Me'

What place is most dear to you?

We met a lovely couple from Montreal at a coffee shop in Pai, Thailand in March 2015. After exchanging only a few words we both agreed that that we wanted to ask them whether they would accept the Book of Places. As you may have guessed by now luckily they accepted.


Dorota and Florian, Pai Thailand

Dorota and Florian, Pai Thailand

Book of Truth

It is a challenge to afford to be yourself. It could even be an art form. (…) Because usually we are moulded without our say, without our agreement and even without our awareness. Wiesław Myśliwski 'The Last Deal'

Can you afford to be true to yourself?

We met Dorota and Florian in Siem Reap while waiting for a bus heading for Don Det (Four Thousand Islands, Laos). It clicked immediately and our morning chat ended up lasting nearly three weeks. We had a great time travelling through Laos with them and we were delighted when they agreed to share their thoughts in the Book of Truth.


Sarah. Koh Phangan, Thailand

Sarah. Koh Phangan, Thailand

Book of Happiness

There wasn’t any limit, no boundary at all, to the future, and it would be so a man wouldn’t have room to store his happiness. 
John Steinbeck 'East of Eden'

Is it difficult to be happy?

We had the good fortune to hear Sarah sing at Open Mic Night's at the One Love Bar in Koh Phangan. Afterwards we got chatting and quickly realised she’s quite a girl and someone who we really wanted to participate in Map Books. Sarah agreed and she kick started the Book of Happiness.


Stephen, Koh Phangan, Thailand

Stephen, Koh Phangan, Thailand

Book of Escape

...to escape involves not just running away but arriving somewhere.
Bernhard Schlink 'The Reader'

Have you arrived?

Stephen mesmerized the crowd on the same night we heard Sarah at the One Love Bar. With a personality to match his ridiculously amazing voice we can't wait to see what he wrote in the Book of Escape.


Art in Chai Cafe, Pai, Thailand

Art in Chai Cafe, Pai, Thailand

Book of Wisdom

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to 21, I was astonished at how much he had learnt in seven years. 
Mark Twain

What have you understood?

A few weeks ago we had the privilege of spending an evening with Marcin and his girlfriend JiHa. It really was a very memorable night and we were very impressed by their life choices. Additionally their views on meditation inspired Dorota to follow a one week course at the Wat Tam Wua Forest Monastery. We really regret that they were away when we returned to Pai in Thailand but the book was waiting patiently for them at the Art in Chai cafe.


Valerie, Yangon, Myanmar

Valerie, Yangon, Myanmar

Book of Escape II

...to escape involves not just running away but arriving somewhere. 
Bernhard Schlink 'The Reader'

Have you arrived?

Valerie was getting ready to leave, we barely made the 10:00 cut-off for breakfast. As luck would have it this little window of opportunity gave us a good thirty minutes of memorable chit chat. Her thoughtfulness and some sharp observations quickly led us to ask her to accept the Book of Escape II and as you will have guessed by now happily she agreed.


Sammi and Robbie, Yangon, Myanmar

Sammi and Robbie, Yangon, Myanmar

Book of Happiness II

There wasn’t any limit, no boundary at all, to the future, and it would be so a man wouldn’t have room to store his happiness. 
John Steinbeck 'East of Eden'

Is it difficult to be happy?

'Can you choose how you wants your eggs or just take what's given?' Robby asked. Some 15 hours later we had gotten to know him and Sammi pretty well. We will look forward to reading their thoughts in the Book of Happiness II as much as we will remember a great night with two people who really made an impression.


Pablo, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Pablo, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Book of Truth II

It is a challenge to afford to be yourself. It could even be an art form. (…) Because usually we are moulded without our say, without our agreement and even without our awareness. Wiesław Myśliwski 'The Last Deal'

Can you afford to be true to yourself?

Travelling not only offers opportunities to learn about the countries that you visit but also of the countries of your fellow backpackers. Just such a moment came when Pablo, who was waiting for his bus, told us a great deal about Argentina's present situation and troubled recent history. 4 hours flew by after which we were a good bit wiser with the added benefit of finding a new home for the Book of Truth II, very appropriate for a law graduate.


Map Books Book of Wisdom II

Book of Wisdom II

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to 21, I was astonished at how much he had learnt in seven years. 
Mark Twain

The Book of Wisdom II has been given to Lara from the wonderful Daauw Home in Huay Xai, Laos. She made the decision that she could truly make a difference and with Nzoua founded Kasjiab Family Laos in 2010. If you are in the neighbourhood and want a great meal or a fantastic place to stay and help make a difference please visit or contact projectkajsiablaos.org.