|Subject: reading about Spain|
When we are getting ready to travel I always atart reading literature
from that particular country, so that I can get an idea of what to
expect. I would agree with the recommendations about Spain. I just
finished Don Quixote, tough reading but really hilarious and well
worth it. I would also highly recommend Michener's Iberia. It's
true that this is not a novel but an account of the author's trip to
Spain in the 1960's. Obviously, things have changed somewhat since
he was there, but it is a very affectionate, romantic view of the
country and really gets the reader in the mood for a trip there.
We are going to Greece in the fall, so I rented Zorba the Greek
for my husband, who doesn't like to read. This movie is from the
60's and very intense, so my husband became a little apprehensive.
But it has terrific music and who can resist Anthony Quinn!
I would love to hear any suggestions about similar preparations
for trips to other countries that anyone might have.