Background reading: Europe

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Heading to Europe? Here’s a handy list of background reading: 300 Days of Sun by Deborah Lawrenson “[This] mesmerizing novel transports readers to a sunny Portuguese town with a shadowy past—where two women, decades apart, are drawn into a dark game of truth and lies that still haunts the shifting sea marshes.” [Portugal] The Alchemist […]

Background reading: Asia

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  Heading to Asia? Here’s a handy list of background reading: An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro “Offers readers of the English language an authentic look at postwar Japan, “a floating world” of changing cultural behaviors, shifting societal patterns and troubling questions.” [Japan] Bangkok 8 by John Burdett “A thriller with attitude […]

Moscow, Russia

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Heading south-east from Helsinki after our night of sky-watching, we arrived in Moscow faster than you can say borscht. In desperate need of caffeine, we asked a few English-speaking locals for their recommendations. Kafe Pushkin, open all day every day, was the obvious winner – although we did have a little trouble locating Тверской бул. […]