In 2007, in the midst of a midlife crisis, Lisa Napoli first travelled to Bhutan to volunteer at the only radio station in a mysterious kingdom which had only recently opened its borders to tourists. A $200/day tourist tax helped to keep the numbers of visitors low in this country where the king decided to measure Gross National Happiness instead of GNP.
Kuzoo FM 90, a haphazard affair run by young but enthusiastic amateurs, was exactly the challenge Napoli needed to make peace with herself and gain a humble and grateful perspective on her place in the world. Over a span of about two years and several visits, Napoli witnessed Bhutan's rapid modernization and changeover to a constitutional monarchy. Her engaging travelogue memoir bears similar witness to her own growth, as she learns to get over herself.
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