Reading The Mask of Dimitrios by Eric Ambler in the Central Park in Chișinău in Moldova. If a city has a quiet park where I can read for a few hours every day, I am happy. Chișinău has even a dozen or … Continue reading
One thing that Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca is missing is a library or a bookshop. Because it’s a perfect place to read. Luckily, I never go on a trip without a few books in my backpack. Where else … Continue reading
When I was recruited to give a speech at the TEDx conference in Targu Mures, Romania, I was asked to submit a list of the three books that influenced me the most. I have read hundreds, maybe thousands of books, and from … Continue reading
Carlos Fuentes, the Mexican writer, has the following quote attributed to him: Writing is a struggle against silence. Of his many books, I have only read Aura and I wish he had remained silent. Whenever I visit a country, I try to … Continue reading
Every day the internet gets congested because millions of people upload photos of their breakfast: freshly pressed orange juice or coffee in which the chocolate powder forms a satanic sign. A healthy muesli or a swordfish filet. Eggs and bacon. … Continue reading
Whenever I move to a new country, I not only read guidebooks and history books, but I also try to find some novels and stories which portray my new domicile, whether in its contemporary age or in the past. When … Continue reading
The stage at this year’s Tomorrowland Music Festival in Boom, Belgium: You can’t do that with all your I-Pads, Kindles and e-readers, can you?