Friday, February 12, 2010

Global-Minded

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.

3 comments:

Donna Cappello said...

Wow, this would be my dream come true - travelling the US and writing about it.

Karen J. Weyant said...

I love these blogs -- especially, Books Around the States. Will have to add them to my blog...

Chantal said...

Thanks for the mention. It's great to discover your blog as well.