If we were having coffee this week, it might take you a little longer to get here. I’m at home! Home in bonnie Scotland, so let’s swap that nasty coffee for Irn-Bru (or whisky). (Fun fact: Scotland is the only country in the world where Coca-Cola is outsold by another soft drink. And Irn-Bru do the best adverts.)
Last week I tweeted that I wanted to go on holiday, and my friend who lives in Bournemouth replied that she wants to go to Rome. Rome is one of the places I am always checking deals for, and on Wednesday we booked it! I am so excited! I leave for Rome exactly one year after listing it as one of the top five places I would love to visit, and amazingly I have also managed to check off New York and the Grand Canyon. I need a new list!
Now I need to get a move on with learning Italian! I will be testing my Learn Italian in 30 Days book to the max, considering I have only learned the numbers and it is 22 (ventidue!) days until Bologna. Since I will be travelling with an Italian, it isn’t absolutely essential for this trip, but in Rome we’ll be on our own. Plus I realised that I haven’t visited somewhere where I couldn’t understand the language since I was fourteen, and I think I would hate feeling lost in translation!
I have read my two books for March: The First Phone Call from Heaven and Anna and the French Kiss. I like Mitch Albom, but this wasn’t one of my favourites of his. As for the latter, it was so popular on Twitter that I thought I would see what the fuss is about. Sometimes it was sweet, but I’m too cynical to get through a book like that without wanting to vom. Now that I’m home I am picking up the MaddAddam trilogy, which I never got round to reading before. And on World Book Day on Thursday I got more Margaret Atwood in the form of The Handmaid’s Tale. I am expecting great things! Margaret Atwood is the only author that I own four books by that I’ve never read, and that has to be rectified this year.
I also got An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield for a change, since I normally read fiction; The Forever Girl by Alexander McCall-Smith, because I did the start-reading-it test in the shop and wanted to read more; and one of Penguin’s 80 classics for 80p, to celebrate – you guessed it – their 80th anniversary.
There isn’t too much gossip to report this week, but I had Friday off work, a night out with friends, and a weekend back home, so it’s been a good one! Now I have another catch-up to attend.
The blog has been growing steadily for a few weeks now, and I think fellow Weekend Coffee Sharers have really helped, so thank you for stopping by and reading and retweeting and so on. I really appreciate it! I will be going through other #WeekendCoffeeShare posts later on!
Featured image credit: George Goodman