Booklovers in Bali

It has been a while since I wrote a blog post of decent length. This is partly because I have been travelling from Bali to Java, Germany, Belgium and France in the past weeks. Also, I have been busy reading a little souvenir I brought from Bali. In Ubud I bumped into the Ganesha bookshop where they sell all kinds of new and secondhand books in several languages. I bought the trilogy ´1Q84´by Haruki Murakami, which is about 1300 pages long with a weight of 1 kg. I really enjoyed these books, even though after the first book there is not much new coming. Haruki Murakami has found a way to make extraordinary and sometimes even bizarre situations seems totally normal. I got dragged away by his intriguing main characters and the peaceful pace in which he writes.

Before this book, I had bought another one secondhand in the Ganesha bookshop in Ubud. They have an interesting system of 50% refund when you bring a purchased book back to one of their stores. Since I wanted to read but not carry all the books back home in my backpack, I happily brought my first book back. Apart from this bookstore I haven´t found other second-hand bookstores in Indonesia, so I was really happy. Maybe you won´t visit Indonesia so soon, but when you do, remember this little tip, my fellow booklovers!

Out of my comfort zone – Jane Austen

It has been a couple of days since my last post. That was not without a good reason: I travelled all the way to Indonesia and spent the past days trying to blend in. This is my second visit to Java, but since the first one was organised group travel, now I really feel like I am slowly stepping out of my comfort zone.

I am doing the same thing in the literary world by starting to read the books of Jane Austen. I have read some of the Classics already, for example books by Tolstoy or Dickens, but never by female authors for some reason. But a while ago, I thought it was really time to give it a try. I started with ‘Pride and prejudice’ (in German) and, surprise or not, I loved it. So today, on the train from Jakarta to Bandung, I started reading ‘Sense and sensibility’. The first chapters were already promising.

In the coming weeks I will be posting less frequently, but I hope to share some of my experiences here sometimes with all of you out there. So, we meet again soon!