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How did we get to Trump’s America? | Tracing the insanity with books

In many respects, the past 365 days have been a nightmare from which I am yet to wake up (more about that in yesterday’s post). 365 days in which lies were just “alternative facts” and reality is waved aside as “fake news”. On November 9. 2016, I awoke to the nightmare of a Trump presidency. Anxious, wide-eyed and completely disbelieving of the reality that 63 million Americans would rather choose a racist, misogynistic, lying, dictatorial orange windbag, than a woman. After the election I felt like I had PTSD – election PTSD. When, after a few weeks or months,...

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An entire year of Trump | Make the world love again

Today marks an entire year of Trump. 365 days in which we have all had to come to the realization that being an unqualified racist man is still more qualifying for the job of US President, than being a very qualified and experienced woman. So today is a good day to think back to this day a year ago and how first excited and then devastated I felt. On November 8., I woke up in Puerto Iguazu. A little town in the north-east corner of Argentina, no one knows, unless they have visited the “Cataratas”, the waterfalls that stretch...

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Why we should all be reading more books by women

I might digress into a rant here but only because I had to read another list by a man, who forgot that there are female authors, citing the “20 books you should read this year”. Out of the 20 books this author found essential to read in 2017, only a measly 3 were by women. How is that even possible? Did he not know any more female authors? Or did he simply not consider books by women to be quite as essential? Mind you, he did consider reading the manual of the Apple Watch to be essential. Regardless of...

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“The Futures” by Anna Pitoniak: Economic crisis meets growing up

Growing up is hard. High-school. Undergrad. Postgrad. And then what? While for 20-odd years you’ve just been blissfully moving from one pre-determined stage of life to the next, you suddenly find yourself in front of this vast sea of opportunities. And you’re utterly clueless where to go from here. Remember that moment in your life? I certainly do which may be why I loved reading “The Futures” by Anna Pitoniak so much. A captivating read for anyone who’s ever been confused about love, life and the way ahead. Love, life and the way ahead “The Futures” captures the confusion you...

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This has been a long time coming | Meet the new Travel Read Explore

This has been a long time coming. Throughout the first 8 months of this year I have been thinking about the direction I want to take Travel Read Explore in and its not been an easy process. When I started this blog, I wanted to tell stories and I wanted to put a strong emphasis on books and travel writing. But then I started thinking: Who wants to read about books? And how is my blog going to be successful if I don’t write listicles that everyone is going to search through Google for? The more I learnt about successful...

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Books set in… the United Kingdom

Books are a great way to get to know a country and to get deeper into what makes its people tick than a travel guide. In the series “Books set in…”, I put together lists of books that help you find a novel that fits your next trip. The books on this list span across several centuries and are set right across the UK. As it happens, I have a lot more books listed that are set in London… But I am constantly reading and working on extending the list all the time. I will also constantly add links...

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Books set… in the United States and Canada

Books are a great way to get to know a country and to get deeper into what makes its people tick than a travel guide. In the series “Books set in…”, I put together lists of books that help you find a novel that fits your next trip. The books on this list are set right across the USA and take place in the last 100 years. They show little slices of everyday life in the US. The struggles, sorrows and joys of life in New York, San Francisco and in a car driving from one coast to the...

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My favourite (international) traditions: Pancake Tuesday

If you ask me, one of the best things about travelling is that you get to know other traditions. Growing up, you experience every year pretty much in the same way. A Christmas tree always looks a certain way and the food on Easter always includes a certain dish but not another. Once you travel, you get the chance to experience everything differently. Back home, you can adopt your favourite traditions that you met along the road, like Pancake Tuesday! Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday, is wedged between Shrove Monday and Ash Wednesday and is thus part of the preparations for...

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