I love discovering new places. You see, I didn’t say I love travelling, because that would be a lie. I hate travelling. I can’t stand being at the airport, all that stress and general chaos just grinds on my nerves. Arriving in a foreign country isn’t much more pleasant either. Either the dude who’s supposed to give us a lift to the hotel is missing, in hiding, late, or the metro system is confusing, or the bus timetable and route is undecipherable. Something’s always up, I’m telling you. By the time I arrive to my accommodation I’m so wrecked I just want to crawl under a blankie and never make eye contact with any human ever again.
Thankfully I’m quite good at recovering, and once I’m where I’m supposed to be, I’m in my element. I enjoy wandering around, sitting in cute cafes and just watch people or rolling around on the beach. I must have mastered the art of blending in too, because just last month I was strolling around in Brussels, when some Brits insisted on talking to me in broken French. Whatever, bro!
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s topic was Books That Awaken the Travel Bug In Me. So let’s jump right in!
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
I’ve never been to Prague, but it’s on the shortlist! Although I doubt one would come across angels and demons there, but I’m more thrilled about czech beer and trdelník which is pretty similar to kürtőskalács my favourite hungarian pastries of all times. If you don’t know what any of those things are, it’s just all the more reason to visit!
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
Yes, I know, I live in London, so technically it’s not travelling. But this book just made me want to discover the real, the hidden London. Makes no sense? Don’t worry. I don’t know either what this means, it was just a feeling this book gave me that I can’t shake off.
It by Stephen King
Most of King’s books are set somewhere in New England and it’s a big dream of mine to visit some places there. It’s beautiful, atmospheric, and of course, Bangor, Maine is where Stephen King lives. I could breathe the same air the master does!
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
I loved everything about this book, and after reading it, just want to visit Sweden even more. I spent a whole week eating food inspired by Lisbeth Salander and Kalle Blomkvist. If I could, I would probably live in an IKEA store. Just don’t make me assemble that shit, because that makes me cry.
The barbarous coast by Ross Macdonald
Southern California, you say? Yes, please!
Tangerine by Christine Mangan
Morocco and Tangier is another dream destination of mine. Although ever since my friend returned from there with photos of snakes scattered around the main square of Marrakech I’m a bit less enthusiastic. I mean, nice place and all, but I’m not sure how I feel about the amount of snakes these people are capable of piling up in one spot. Yikes.
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
Even though the Thailand depicted in this book is rather dystopian, and not really a pleasant experience to be there, it remains one of those places I hope to visit one day.
The Burning Shore by Wilbur Smith
Even though I’ve been to South Africa twice, I never made it to Cape Town. It also took ages for poor Centaine to get there in this story, so there’s still hope!
Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
C’mon, guys, these people on the Shetland Islands have an actual Viking Festival! Up Helly Aa is held in the middle of winter to mark the end of the yule season. Awesomesauce.
Last Rituals by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
I honestly don’t know what possessed me when I slapped Iceland on the list. I mean, I’m always cold when the temperature drops below 20C degrees, and yet I want to see all the places I read about in this book.
Have you been to any of my dream destinations? Where else would you go?