During my brief Corfu vacation I re-discovered the joys of reading, something I used to do a lot when I was younger. The Sony E-reader which I bought almost two years ago suddenly proved to be very handy to read ‘big’ volumes on. Something I had given up on due to my frequent back problems, which make it very hard to read lying in a deck chair, comfy couch or even in bed. Other E-reader advantages are:
- books are a lot cheaper than their paper versions (approx. 10 euros per book, depending on its popularity and author),
- you download them 24/24 through the bookstore’s web store,
- easy storage – up to 3,000 books – without needing a bookcase,
- light-weight travel.
Since April I’ve downloaded some 45 e-books, most of them in English. Last week I read ‘1000 years of annoying the French, by Stephen Clarke, an Englishman living and working in Paris. I highly recommend it if you’re a Francophile who wants to learn more about the love-hate relationship that France and England have been having since the Battle of Hastings in 1066. It is extremely funny – even hilarious – even if at times the author is a bit harsh on the French. But if you take it all with a generous pinch of salt, you’ll soon wish you’d had a history teacher like Mr. Clarke!
Next on my reading list is the Millennium trilogy by Stig Larsson. As I don’t read Swedish, I have read the first volume in Dutch. The English version of the second and third volume is already on my E-reader. Looking forward to ‘digging’ into number two!
As for the above photo, it was taken in Corfu on Friday, May 29th, the day of our private taxi tour with Dimitris. Our driver was kind enough to stop by the side of the road to give me the opportunity to shoot this picture.
Donkeys are not an unusual sight on Corfu, as for years and years they were the only means of transport on the island. I’ll post another donkey photo presently, as well as the story behind it … I hope that – after my two month’s absence – there are still some blog readers who pop in every now and then …
(*) Is it ‘donkey’s years’ or ‘donkey’s ears’? Find out here!