Book & Travel Pairing – Oxford Classics

  I’ll be honest, this is probably one of the easiest pairings to do. Oxford University was home to so many great British writers, either as students or professors, that it’s not hard to find books that come from this great town. Chances are you’ve already read at least one. And while it’s tempting to find some more obscure ones, the classics are just too good to pass over, so maybe next trip I’ll find some new reads. But this […]

Book & Travel Pairing – Fantastical London

Last time I went to England I did a big literary influenced trip, so I found it easier to list literary locations I visited than to pick books for every single place. This time around I am going to actually give you some books. And while London has books aplenty to read when you are visiting, both with settings there or from there, such as Harry Potter or Sherlock Holmes, anything featuring James Bond or basically any number of texts you likely read […]

New Things – February 2017

Once again about half a month late, but better than late than never? I was too busy living the things I was doing and, of course, writing about those individual things. But here it is, the probably not comprehensively list of new things I did or tried or ate or whatever’d in February this year! Visited Switzerland: As well as being a country I’d never visited, I got to go to two different cities in Switzerland, including Zurich (where we did […]

Book & Travel Pairing – England

As a native English speaker, and one who studied English literature at that, reading books that come from England, are set there, or have been written by an English author is not exactly a stretch. Even without meaning to there are plenty that could be read in an English class, a book club, or just as a random selection. And even if you disregard Shakespeare, Lewis, Carroll, Tolkien, the canonical oldies that nearly everyone has had a picking from (plus […]

Book & Travel Pairing – Prague

Instead of a mini diary of how the book set in my travel destination impacted the experience of being there, this is a retrospective of books that I read in the years prior to visiting Prague and my perspective on how these influenced my trip. Prague is a city full of inspiration for many creators. Because of this there are dozens of stories set there, inspired by it, or written by people who come from there. Without even meaning to, […]

Pairing Books with Travel

I love the idea of pairing things. But it’s one thing to pair food with wine, but what food with books, or wine with books? Perhaps more universally loved would be tea with books, searching out the perfect cup with flavours that match the book, be it region, flavour profiles described withing the story, or even the mood. Of course this is easier if the person doing the pair ups has both tasted the drink and read the book, as […]