Atlantic Crossing

APOL - Azores, Caldeira das Sete Cidades, Sao Miguel 3

APOL is touring Portugal this week, having drifted across the Atlantic on a banana crate. This unconventional mode of travel seemed to confuse Portuguese border officials, until it was determined that anthropomorphic books are covered by the recent Canada-EU free trade agreement, and can thus enter the country both passport and duty free.

APOL first made landfall on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores. The western half of Sao Miguel is dominated by the Caldeira das Sete Cidades (pictured), a collapsed volcanic cone which contains two crater lakes comprising the Lagoon of the Seven Cities. Legends about the Seven Cities have existed since the eighth century. It is said that refugees from the Moorish invasion sailed from Porto to a distant archipelago known only to sailors. When they reached their destination they destroyed their ships and established seven cities. They were never heard from again. The legend of the Sete Cidades is often linked to the legend of Atlantis, which predates it.

“Look, I appreciate a good story,” APOL opined when asked to comment. “I’m a hundred percent fictional myself.” APOL’s voyage across the Atlantic marked the first solo crossing by an anthropomorphic book. Asked how it felt to set such a record, APOL said it was “absolutely animating.”

Note: “APOL” is the anthropomorphic version of my satirical novel A Person of Letters, which has gone on tour without me (with a wink and a nod to magical realism). Follow APOL’s quixotic world tour here or on my Facebook Author Page, and read about all of APOL’s (mis)adventures in sequence on this tour archive.  For information about the book, go to Martin Scribler Media.

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