Booking It Across Europe

imageOn today’s episode of “Gilmore Girls” (okay, today’s fifth episode of “Gilmore Girls”), Rory and Lorelai were packing for their trip to Europe.  As they were planning to backpack from country to country, they were trying to lighten the load and not carry more than they needed.  Lorelai had too many tubes of toothpaste and pairs of shoes, but Rory had at least twelve books in her backpack.  There was no way she could imagine spending so much time away without a stack of books to read.

This reminded me of the time I spent studying in the Netherlands when I was in college.  I arrived without a single book in my suitcase and soon discovered the only books at hand in English were my textbooks.  My anxiety grew until I discovered a little shelf of books in our common room that held a handful of books in English.  I grabbed them and read them cover to cover.  Most of them were English countryside mysteries that all sounded the same.  I didn’t care.  A couple of them were science fiction.  I didn’t care.  One of them was a copy of Danielle Steel’s Zoya, which sustained me through countless weekends and train rides.  I lost count of the number of times I read it—but I do know that I have not read it since!  I think I maxed out the number of times I could reread Zoya.

I realized that if Rory and I were planning our trips today, we would not have to struggle without books!  My Kindle is a treasure trove of titles—old favorites as well as new books that I have yet to read.  I would have endless reading material for the train, and most likely would be able to add more from home whenever the whim struck.  I have no doubt that fictional Rory would have her own ficitonal ereader as well, stuffed with all the classics for her summer reading for Yale.  Thank goodness for technology!  What a relief!

I can’t speak for Rory, but I want a do-over…




  1. Kristi Lonheim (@lonheim) · March 14, 2016

    Technology has changed our lives in big and small ways (ebooks and five episodes of Gilmore Girls is proof!) For me, being able to access library books from anywhere in the world has been a huge game changer. And inquiring minds want to know – do you recommend Zoya? 😉


  2. Anne Donnelly · March 14, 2016

    I agree!! So many book lovers have strong negative feelings towards kindles and e-books, but I’ve never thought of my kindle as a way to replace books. It’s a way to keep them with me wherever I go!


  3. Erika Victor · March 14, 2016

    As another person living overseas Kindles have been a game changer for me! I am now able to read (almost) whatever I want whenever I can. I also love borrowing books this way. I know the feeling you had when you realized you had almost no access to English books. I love “real” books, but happily read ebooks too! I love your confessional here (5th episode!).


  4. franmcveigh · March 14, 2016

    I so agree. I can’t imagine ever not having multiple books to read. As in doing the math – 5 day trip = how many books – just in case. I should be so busy, but there is reading on the plane, then reading if/when I can’t sleep in a strange bed/location, reading while waiting . , . Hmm. . . never watched the Gilmore girls! But sometimes multiples of something favorite really fit on a rainy, dreary day! 🙂

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