Here are three things that you can read, watch, and do right now.
Read...Losing the Light by Andrea Dunlop.
I have this one on order; it looks like a fun read.
From Amazon: A smart, obsessive debut novel about a young woman studying abroad who becomes caught up in a seductive French world—and a complex web of love and lust.
When thirty-year-old Brooke Thompson unexpectedly runs into a man from her past, she’s plunged headlong into memories she’s long tried to forget about the year she spent in France following a disastrous affair with a professor.
As a newly arrived exchange student in the picturesque city of Nantes, young Brooke develops a deep and complicated friendship with Sophie, a fellow American and stunning blonde, whose golden girl façade hides a precarious emotional fragility. Sophie and Brooke soon become inseparable and find themselves intoxicated by their new surroundings—and each other.
But their lives are forever changed when they meet a sly, stylish French student, Veronique, and her impossibly sexy older cousin, Alex. The cousins draw Sophie and Brooke into an irresistible world of art, money, decadence, and ultimately, a disastrous love triangle that consumes them both. And of the two of them, only one will make it home.
Watch...Night Train to Lisbon.
This is running on Netflix right now and it's on my must-see list for this week. With our summer travel taking us through Lisbon for a few days, this seemed like a natural choice.
"When dictatorship is a fact, revolution is a duty."
Based on a book by Pascal Mercier, this film features Jeremy Irons as Swiss professor, Raymond Gregorius, who lives a well-ordered, predictable life governed by routine. One day, a chance encounter with a young, enigmatic Portuguese woman causes Gregorius to abandon his teaching career and travel to Lisbon to seek out the truth about a poet dedicated to overthrowing the Salazar dictatorship, which ruled Portugal until 1974. This has a great cast telling a great story.
Do...Learn a Language. Start today.
This is an easy one. Download DuoLingo on your phone and tablet and start learning. It's free and they offer 27 languages for English speakers. They also offer courses for speakers of other languages.
We know that language learning is good for the brain, but it also makes you more marketable. This is a win-win.
So there you have it...three things that you can read, watch, and do this week that will feed the wanderlust of the temporarily grounded traveler.
Have a great day!