Sunday, November 15, 2015

BW46: Armchair Traveling West of the Prime Meridian

Courtesy of World Atlas



I had an epiphany after last week's post, since we only have a few weeks left in the year. (oh my!) Started giving some thought to 2016 and had a grand idea. For our armchair travels, will split our bookish travels and the world up into four quarters: Traveling East and West of the Prime Meridian and North and South of the Equator. Which will give everyone a variety of ways to go. For example: East of the pm and north of the equator booking it across Europe and Asia or exploring the seas, South of the equator and following the ocean currents or hang out in South America, West of the pm and sail across the Atlantic to North America.  I'm getting excited just thinking about it!

This week we'll be doing a scouting trip West of the Prime Meridian. But let's not forget those countries intersected by the dividing line on the Continent of Africa as well as Europe.  You can dip down into Morocco with Edith Wharton's tales of her journey in 1917 


In Morocco

Before hopping on a steamer ship and traveling across the Atlantic with Simon Winchester.


Atlantic 

as well as Nathaniel Philbrick's In the Heart of the Sea, which Moby Dick was based upon.  By the way, if you missed the 2012 MD readalong, you'll get another chance in 2016.  More on that later. 

Are you in the mind to explore North America with Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods




or dip down into South America with David Grann's Lost City of Z.




Put on your traveling shoes and join me West of the Prime Meridian.


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History of the Medieval World 
Chapter 60 - Great Army of the Vikings pp 458 - 465
Chapter 61 - Struggle for the Iron Crown pp 466 - 471 
Chapter 62 Kampaku  pp 472 - 478 

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1 comment:

  1. 'Funny Girl' by Nick Hornby, gentle comedy set in 1960s, about a young woman making her way as a comic actress.

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