Following the Equator is the fifth and most interesting of Twain's travel narratives, and the one that most bears out the declaration that he once wrote to his mother: "I am wild with impatience to move - move -Move!"
Mark Twain wrote a series of travel letters whilst on a tour of Europe and the Middle East in 1867 with a group of American 'pilgrims'. These letters later formed the basis of The Innocents Abroad. Journeying from New York to Egypt via France, Spain, Italy, Morocco, Russia, Turkey and the Holy Land
Seeking someone named Smiley, a man comes to a mining camp and meets a fellow who tells him of another Smiley, who was given to betting on everything from dogfights to people's health. One day, this Smiley caught a frog, and trained it to out-jump any other frogs set to the task;