The bus to Ronda – An adventurous gap year!

Rowan, a ‘perfectionist’ and graphic designer graduate, has doubts about her future. Should she continue studying, go work or take a gap year?


What is the book about?

Rowan, a ‘perfectionist’ and graphic designer graduate, has doubts about her future. Should she continue studying, go work or take a gap year? All her friends already know what they are going to do but she really has no idea yet! When she gets a tip from someone one day at the beach, she decides to take it as a sign. Without thinking too much, she leaves for Spain to work there for a while. Not everyone is happy with her decision. When she arrives abroad, she is not only confronted with another culture, but also with herself. Can she trust her gut? One thing is certain, this journey will take her on a completely different path.


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Gewicht 0365 kg
Afmetingen 145 × 210 cm

Titel: The bus to Ronda – an adventurous gap year!
Auteur: Joyce van Ombergen-Jong
Uitgeverij: Your Journey
ISBN: 9789083064437
Bindwijze: softcover
Pagina’s: 236
Publicatiedatum: April 2023


  1. Nicky Donaldson

    I felt completely enveloped by the freedom and youth of your story.
    I also loved the guidance notes throughout too heart
    A very inspiring book for youngsters and oldies like me wanting to find themselves or just have an adventure. Lovely, happy and light!

  2. Lidia Torrente Imbernon

    This book has inspired me to pursue my dreams. It was really easy to read and get hooked. The main character, Rowan, doesn’t know what to do after graduating and she decides to take a gap year in Spain. The book tells you about her decisions and feeling during this adventure. I can totally identify with her. It has taught me that not everything goes as planned and that you should trust your feelings and follow the signs. I feel that this book was definitely a sign for me, and for everyone that is thinking about taking some time for themselves.

  3. Abbi

    A thought provoking book about self discovery that portrays with honesty the challenging realities of growing up and life after high school. Like any Dutchie, Rowan wears her heart on her sleeve, speaks her truth and never sugar coats anything – such that you find yourself relating to the story she tells whether you have lived similar experiences or not. A story jam packed with life lessons and philosophical questions that have you reflecting on your own personal values, priorities, and goals. You can’t help but root for Rowan, and itch to know how her journey continues.

  4. Emma

    One of the standout aspects of this book is its portrayal of personal transformation. Rowan’s character development is beautifully nuanced. As she immerses herself in the vibrant Spanish culture, readers witness her gradual shift from doubt and insecurity to newfound self-assurance. This transformation is a testament to the power of stepping out of one’s comfort zone and embracing life’s unpredictability.

    Van Ombergen-Jong’s vivid descriptions of Spain and its culture are a highlight of the book. Readers are transported to the sun-soaked streets of Ronda, the bustling markets, and the charming cafes. It’s a sensory experience that adds depth and authenticity to the narrative.

    The central theme of trusting one’s instincts and taking risks is woven throughout the story. Rowan’s decision to follow a chance encounter at the beach leads her on a path of self-discovery and adventure. It’s a reminder that life’s most profound experiences often come when we let go of rigid plans and embrace spontaneity.

    The supporting cast of characters adds depth and authenticity to the story. Rowan’s interactions with locals and fellow travelers provide a glimpse into the diverse tapestry of human connections that can be forged during a gap year abroad.

    “The Bus to Ronda” isn’t just a travelogue or a coming-of-age story; it’s a celebration of the human spirit’s capacity for growth and resilience. It encourages readers to question their own life choices and consider the liberating power of embracing the unknown.

    In conclusion, Joyce van Ombergen-Jong’s “The Bus to Ronda: An Adventurous Gap Year” is a beautifully crafted tale of self-discovery, cultural exploration, and the transformative power of taking risks. It’s a must-read for anyone seeking a dose of inspiration and a reminder that most fulfilling adventures often begin with a leap of faith

  5. Jithendra Jithu

    👉This captivating book is a poignant tale of self-discovery, courage, and the beauty of embracing the unknown. Rowan’s relatable struggle mirrors the uncertainties many of us face post-graduation. Her decision to take a gap year in Spain and the challenges she encounters along the way resonate deeply.

    👉As I delved into the pages of this book, I found myself utterly hooked. The narrative effortlessly draws you in, making it a page-turner that’s hard to put down. Rowan’s journey teaches us that life doesn’t always follow our meticulously crafted plans, and sometimes, we must trust our instincts and follow the signs.

    👉For me, “The Bus to Ronda” was more than just a book; it felt like a sign in my own life journey. It reminded me that taking time for self-discovery and pursuing our dreams, even if they deviate from the norm, is a courageous and fulfilling path.

    👉If you’re contemplating a gap year or navigating life’s uncertainties, this book is a must-read. It’s a beautiful reminder that embracing the unexpected can lead to the most incredible adventures. 🌟

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