I think I am suffering from what I can only define as Post-London Depression Syndrome. My self-diagnosed symptoms are: finding my city small and ugly, a general state of melancholia, and having obsessed all week with the idea of moving there. I know I am an outsider and as a lover of the city I am idealising it. Probably. I don't care. Love is blind!
Now, seriously. Each time I go to London I fall in love with the city a bit more. I was in London for only three days but that's enough to keep the spark going. The trip was fantastic, especially because I got to spend time with friends I hadn't seen in a long time and just hang out with them and wander around thet city. I guess that if I had to choose a few highlights of the trips, these would be:
The hostel:Monkeys in the Trees in Shepherd's Bush. It was a quiet place, it was cheap, the staff was brilliant, it was easy to get there (even with the night bus!) and it had an amazing downstairs area and garden. My only complaint is about the bed matress but you can't have it all!
HDIF (How does it feel to be loved). If you are in London, you like indie and soul music and this party is on, you must go. It is very difficult to find a place that plays Belle & Sebastian, Allo Darling, The Smiths, Saturday Looks Good to Me, The Wave Pictures and soul in my hometown so HDIF was just like heaven. I had so much fun!
Me smiling and clapping!
Brick Lane Bookshop: my PhD is on postcolonialism so I was hoping to buy some interesting books here. And I did. But not as many as I thought. Don't worry, I compensated it ordering books on abebooks later. Being a self-funded PhD student means I have to buy a lot of second-hand books, which I love anyway!
These pictures were taken in 2007 and 2008, most of them in a tour I took around Scotland with my brother jusf before I left. It was a nice goodbye. So, before I get emotional, here are some pictures taken at Edinburgh, Portree and the Highlands.
Animal Farm was one of the first books in English I ever read and I've grown to be a huge Orwell fan. I remember getting really angry while I was reading it.I think I was quite young but my dad was really into politics and we always ended up talking about it even though many things must have escaped me. So remembering the impact it had on me and finding a really nice edition in Spanish, I thought it would make a good present for my teenage cousin. I'm always up for giving books as presents and although I know he probably only reads videogame magazines or similar, I'm still insisting. I hope he reads it and if he does, I'm sure he's going to like it. If not, I'm sure his parents will appreciate the intention.
I am intending to travel a bit this year but for now I'm showing some pictures taken in my last trips. I was in Porto almost two years ago visiting one of my friends. I loved Porto, the houses, especially the abandoned ones, wandering around steep streets, the food, the bars and the magical colours it has. It's a wonderful city and I'd love to go back to Portugal at some point, if only for the pastéis de Belém.
I have just come across this website in The New Yorker's Blog The Book Bench. This is part of the gift guide for the art and design geek. Out of print has some fantastic t-shirts and good purposes: they donate a book to Africa for each purchase. This is the description of their mission:
Out of Print celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion. Our shirts feature iconic and often out of print book covers. Some are classics, some are just curious enough to make great t-shirts, but all are striking works of art.
We work closely with artists, authors and publishers to license the content that ends up in our collections. Each shirt is treated to feel soft and worn like a well-read book.
In addition to spreading the joy of reading through our tees, we acknowledge that many parts of the world don't have access to books at all. We are working to change that. For each shirt we sell, one book is donated to a community in need through our partnerBooks For Africa.
How we read is changing as we move further into the digital age. It's unclear what the role of the book cover will be in this new era, but we feel it's more important than ever to reflect on our own individual experiences with great literary art before it's forever changed.
What’s your story? Wear it proud.
And these are some of the wonderful t-shirts. Santa, I want them!
This book has always been in my house. I've always loved old books, a passion which increased when I worked in a bookshop in Edinburgh where they taught me how to repair old editions. Reading without tears was published in 1911 so I guess it belonged to my grandparents. I wish I could have more information but I would need to go to a medium. So I can only express my long time fascination with this book and share it with you.