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This was a nice and fun book about Denmark. I am writing the review for it rather late as I spent about 9 days after it studying for and passing a work examination. I never studied for something so hard in my life. In any case, the weekend before, I read this little gem about Denmark. I really enjoyed the author's humor and candidness. It is indeed laid out as a year with each month…

Hello, everyone! I am back for a late Sunday Salon. I got back June third, but I am still adjusting to life back in North America. I am recovering from a bad cold and jetlag. This domain also just recovered from a downtime and being misplaced for at least a week. My trip was both boring and stressful at times. I would like to say that I will post photos or blog about it, but…

Hello, everyone! It's been awhile since my last post. I have not been blogging or reading very much the last couple of months. In fact, I've been trying to read Kipling's Kim for over a month now. It's not engaging me, but I actually do not have time. I have been preparing for a trip to China. In fact, I will be gone from the blog and most of the internet until June 4th. The…

This is a tale of a couple who circumnavigate the globe without flying in a plane. I picked up this book because I I really liked Stevenson’s prose. He appears more than once in the Best American Travel Writing series. His sense of humour seems closely aligned to mine. It’s sometimes dry, often observant and understated The way he describes horrible travel conditions is hilarious, even when it shouldn’t be. I love travel as much…

I found this memoirs about living in Paris through GoodReads. I do love the site, and it gives me numerous book recommendations every time I am there. I have read several books on France and lived in Rhone-Alps one glorious spring and summer in 2010. If i had unlimited financially resources, France would definitely would be one of the countries I'd install myself. On the books about France, a number have been memoirs of living…

I've been reading this series of travel writing for about a decade now. I almost always find one or two selections that engrossing, provocative, or find the overall collection varied and interesting. This year's selection was not as stimulating as previous ones. It was much more serious, somber and gritty.There were two stories about Northern Ireland and its troubles since the Peace Accord, one about South Africa and apartheid, and two on Mexico. Perhaps it…

I have been reading this series for at least five or six years now. I can't remember when I started, but I've read almost every annual anthology. I always enjoy these books. I would like the chance to read more periodicals, but I rarely have the opportunity. I also like reading about travel, but I have been doing less of that reading and indeed, travelling in general. I haven't really travelled for the last two…

Today, I am listening to the audiobook for Charlaine Harris's Club Dead and reading some Casino Royale. I think I've given up A Christmas Carol; I'm going to pick it up in July or something. Last weekend, I was actually reading in Paris, France. I had brought one book with me and that is my copy of Adam Gopnik's Paris to the Moon which is one of my favourite collection of personal essays and books…

The Geography of Bliss: One Grumps' Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner is his voyages for happiness and the meaning of it. He travels to ten countries finding how what makes us happy and what makes us miserable. The countries as follows in the book: The Netherlands, Switzerland, Bhutan, Qatar, Iceland, Moldova, Thailand, Great Britain, India, and America. The happiest place seems to be Iceland, and I found myself relating to…

My favourite travel essay anthology series. Okay. The only travel essay anthology series that I read. Still, I've read every book in the series since 2002. I enjoy each one immensely. Some stories are more memorable than others, but each guest editor deftly chooses some gems and amazing stories from the lands afar. I love travel writing due to my incessant escapism so these stories are the best from periodicals and the like. In the…

A memoir of looking for pleasure, devotional and the balance of the two in Italy, India, and Indonesia. I first started reading last spring/summer, but then I had to return it to the library. It was already a bestseller, but it's only gotten more popular (as it was featured in Oprah) since then. Some people have been critical of the book for being self-absorbed. I've read a lot of travel books and memoirs, and they…

This was suppose to be read for the In Their Shoes memoirs/bio challenges, but I got it from the library early and couldn't put if off til 2008. Besides, it's more coffee table book than memoirs as it is full of pictures. I love Tony Bourdain since I read A Cook's Tour years ago. This is a sortof companion book to his cable travel-cum-food show just as ACT was, but more on the photos though he…