I am so excited about this; I really nerd out on Mauritania. I desperately want to go there, but feel like it’s 100% out of my league. I follow all sorts of accounts from the country on social media, and I love that my Instagram feed is full of beautiful photos of the desert and the sea.
So ready to dig and read something from a place that already inhabits a vibrant spot in my imagination!
On a negative side note: I am really not enjoying the WordPress updates. The Block Editor is not pleasurable to use. At all.
Flag of Mauritania (image in the Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
Location of Mauritania (image in the Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
Map of Mauritania (image in the Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
This blog has taught me a lot. Things I probably should have learned in school, but didn’t. Like that France still seems to have a lot places under direct French control that are not actually France. I had no idea, which does me no credit to admit. It seems…complicated.
Back to the Caribbean! Always lovely! Looking forward to exploring, and learning a bit about what makes Guadeloupe…Guadeloupe.
It took me close to a year to read this book. Not because of anything negative but because I wanted to really absorb it, to get to know it.
The older I get, the more obsessed I’ve become with The North. I want to travel above the Arctic Circle, I want to watch the Northern Lights, and see a polar bear where polar bears live. Not sure why this fascination has become so strong…maybe as the planet gets warmer, the cold feels like powerful magic?
But why try to explain it? Just jump in and learn instead. This book, The Reindeer People: Living With Animals and Spirits in Siberia by Piers Vitebsky, is excellent immersion in a world few of us will ever get to see. You’re introduced to an amazing cast of characters, and it’s easy to develop a deep bond with just about the whole crew, the reindeer, and the natural world that dominates their lives. Highly recommended, and I feel certain you will finish it much faster than I did!
It’s been awhile since I last posted. The Holidays were busy, I traveled quite a bit after the first of the year, and now…there’s a pandemic.
Life is something, huh? There are endless things to say about it all, but this is not the place even though it might be the time. Plus, I’ve been drinking rum for a few hours and I have nothing of real value to offer you.
So, let’s talk about Russia! I had big plans: I was going to read across the wide expanse of Russian literature, from the classics to modern rule-breakers, but I stalled out. As is my style I found my way to some non-fiction titles, because real life is often just as interesting as any novel.
That’s certainly the case with this book: Nothing is True and Everything is PossiblebyPeter Pomerantsev. Written before The Age of Trump, it now reads as an eerie foretelling of the future we Americans willingly (at least some of us) walked right into. Truth means nothing. Cheap emotions are everything. Everything is for sale.
It’s a bleak story but it is fascinating and, for me, an absolute must-read. Learn about the world you now live in, and maybe find your way through.