“In Mongolia, when a dog dies, he is buried high in the hills so people cannot walk on his grave. The dog’s master whispers into the dog’s ear his wishes that the dog will return as a man in his next life. Then his tail is cut off and put beneath his head, and a piece of meat or fat is placed in his mouth to sustain his soul on its journey; before he is reincarnated, the dog’s soul is freed to travel the land, to run across the high desert plains for as long as it would like.
This book was given to each of us at work about six months ago by our director. Given we recently went through a 20 per cent staff cut, I’m guessing she might have been trying to give us all a heads up.
Normally, I don’t much go in for the self-help style of book, but this one was pretty interesting. Firstly, it’s super short, I read it all on my bus trip into work. Continue reading Who Moved My Cheese by Dr Spencer Johnson
Book club book #7:
If you’ve never read Bill Bryson, you really need to. I first picked up his ‘Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe’ in 2002, right about the time I was planning my own Europe trip. Since then I’ve weaved in and out of his works, never coming away disappointed; he’s a very entertaining writer. A very easy read and hard to put down kind of writer.
“A man should be like prosciutto: not too fat, not too skinny, not too beautiful, not too ugly.”
I’ve actually read this book before, but decided to I needed a good travel literature style book to come along with me to Thailand. Continue reading See Naples and Die by Penelope Green
What I really needed after a week of cities and traffic and pollution and freezing, rickety overnight buses was some relax time. And I think the best place do that was in Krabi – southern Thailand.
Welcome to Chiang Mai! Where you from?Chiang Mai is the largest city in Thailand, though somehow more calming than Bangkok. If I had to do my trip again, I would have booked more time in Chiang Mai and less in Bangkok. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Bangkok, but it is an exhausting and busy city.
Founded in 1350, it’s any wonder that people can’t agree on the spelling of this ancient city. Not that I’m aware of people disagreeing; I only come to this conclusion after seeing about four different spellings across maps, signs and the internet (could it be true that the internet isn’t totally accurate?).
Bangkok is both surprising and also brings back memories of being in Cuba a few years ago. The streets, the heat, the attitudes are very similar, only difference is my Spanish is far better than my Thai.
The myth of Orpheus and Eurydice:
Orpheus was the son of one of the Muses and a Tracian princess, he was given the gift of music. He fell in love with Eurydice and they were married. Continue reading Orpheus Lost by Janette Turner Hospital
An unfortunate decision to get Chinese food on our first tired night in Parkes meant that I was up at 2am and most of the morning with food poisoning. Though I desperately wanted to lay down and just stay in the room, we had to get on the road, Continue reading Last leg: Parks and Coonabarabran