|view from the balcony in Quepos, Costa Rica|
For some reason, the combination of reading while travelling created a deeper memory for me and I remember aspects of that trip because of those books that I would've otherwise forgotten by now.
|At Shakespeare and Company|
Similarly, reading "Down and Out in Paris and London" and "The Sun Also Rises" while in Paris allowed me to see a different side to the beauty that I was experiencing. I remember both the books better because of where I read them and I remember Paris better because of the books. Plus, every time I think of those books I'll think of my trip to Paris and vice versa; they are forever entwined in my mind, allowing me to visit Paris again simply by picking up one of those books.
As I prepare for another trip, this time to Rome, the books I decide to bring are as important as any other item I pack. After consulting with Geraldine at Travel Oyster, I've decided to bring "Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling" and "A Traveller in Rome". I'm looking forward to discovering how these books will wind up impacting my experience and my memories.