I read, I lived in others’ lives through books and letters, I wrote, often to friends about my own life and the life around me, I slept, I stretched, I thought about the past and future, I made meals from strange ingredients available at the grim cavelike market I thought of as the troll den, I went walking out in the awakening landscape where the crying birds and shaggy, friendly horses seemed like the society to which I had been admitted. It was peaceful but strange.


Reading is also travelling, the eyes running along the length of an idea, which can be folded up into the compressed space of a book and unfolded within your imagination and your understanding.


Rebecca Solnit, ‘The Faraway Nearby’.

Been ‘travelling’ anywhere interesting, lately? πŸ™‚

Me – I’m still with Solnit, adapting to the strange and extreme weather conditions in Iceland, with no proper sense of day or night, where ‘spectacular sunsets melted into sunrises, because the sun never went entirely away’….

6 thoughts on “Traversing a different landscape….

    1. There are so many subject/story threads in that book, it’s taking me a long time to get through it…. so much to digest. And I think it would be lovely to visit Iceland too, maybe even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights! πŸ™‚


  1. I was reading the other two books you sent – ‘The Moth Snowstorm’ and ‘The Fly Trap’. They took me all around the world. Some sites were sad some were thrilling. All in all, a great trip. Now, I’m back in Germany.


    1. Glad you had a good trip around the world with those two! πŸ™‚ I did spend a little time in Germany too, with Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories. Then moved on to Penelope Fitzgerald’s short stories which took me to Australia, France and the UK….


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