It's cold, gray, and foggy on the farm this time of year. Rainy, too. We haven't seen the sun in months, and we have come to accept the trail of muddy paw-prints in our entryway as ubiquitous. It's no wonder, then, that I find myself dreaming of getting away to someplace warm and exotic. The Mediterranean, perhaps. The Florida Keys. Tahiti. Unfortunately, actual travel is out of the question. What a welcome surprise, then, to discover this week a couple of blogs that fulfill my desire for both travel and literature.
Chantal Panozzo is a Writer Abroad. She moved from Chicago to Switzerland to follow her husband, a big leap of faith. Chantal now chronicles her new life as an expat freelance writer, interviews others like her, and offers tips for a successful writing life in a foreign setting. Her companion blog, One Big Yodel, describes the daily life of Switzerland, her adopted home. Apparently, the trains really do run on time.
Book Around the World is a blog maintained by Bonnie Jacobs, but many write in with suggestions. The blog provides an ever-expanding list of international reads, books which represent countries as diverse as Wales, Sri Lanka, and Finland. Already, I have discovered many additions to my "to read" list. Bonnie also has a sister blog, Book Around the States, which offers the same type of list for the U.S. if you're not interested in traveling too far.