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Even on a trip to a place we've never been before, where there's sure to be plenty to capture our attention, there are still bound to be those moments during travel and downtime when some recreational reading material will come in handy.
We of course have the trusty Lonely Planet Guide to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
I'm bringing a book of Daily Meditations that I'm hoping will provide at least a few moments for grounding/centering each day. It's a little bulky, though, so it will have to prove its worth quickly. 🙂
I'm also bringing The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World, after a glowing recommendation by a friend. The subject matter - relationship between human and nonhuman life - seems appropriate for visiting a country that has made the rights of non-human life a part of its constitution.
Kelly is bringing a few copies of The Economist magazine, which is always sure to provide some insight and perspective into news and politics of the day.
She'll also probably be bringing some reading material related to her NEXT trip to the Middle-East later this summer.
Anything else that we should have along to read?
3 thoughts on “Reading Material”
Well, there's that PDF I sent you recently. If you're bringing a glowing rectangle you might add that to its storage.
And as a "yes, but no" recommendation: If you haven't already read Kurt Vonnegut's novel, Galapagos, I suggest you consider it ... when you return. Vonnegut seemed to be in one of his depressed phases when he wrote it, and I wouldn't want it to spoil your trip. You might find it interesting to read after you've actually been there, however.
Rolf Potts' Marco Polo Didn't Sleep There is a great collection of travel writings, along with the added commentary at the end of each section. Very good stuff, and great to get some of his insights into the process of travelling and writing about it.
No books to recommend at this point! Just wishing you safe flights and lots of rest and relaxation! Tell Darwin hello if you run across his spirit!