Chez WW in England

Chez WW in England

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Just 30

01 August 2010

If you know me, you know that I have a lot of books. Books are everywhere. They are my familiar friends that are a constant factor in our vagabond life.

Realizing that space will be limited and that I tend to acquire books at a fairly constant rate, we decided to limit the books we take on our European adventure. Reference books and my photography books will not be part of this limit. That means just 30 books between the two of us. This may seem like a lot to most people. For me, picking just 30 books is harder than deciding which three pairs of shoes to take on a weekend away. I have to down-size from four big bookcases to one small one. This is not counting the numerous totes that contain the over-flow.

It just seems wrong to be roaming around Yorkshire and not to be readng Thomas Hardy. A visit to Bath requires Jane Austen. Time in London calls for Charles Dickens and Sherlock Holmes. I have all of these classics and more. If I leave them behind, will I feel like something is missing from my experience overseas? I can bring all of my classics, maybe read them, maybe not or leave them behind and buy classics as the need arises. I am going with the second choice. That means just 30 books will be moving to England with us. This will be a challenge like no other.

But, I have a plan. I am removing all the books to the basement that will be remaining in Canada. For the next few months I will live with only the books I plan to take to England. If I can do it for four months then I can do it for our European adventure.

I know that I will be living just an hour and a half away from Hay-on-Wye, a tiny village with 30 bookstores. Yes, that is right. I know that I will not suffer from lack of books. It is just hard to choose which friends to take and which to leave behind.

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