UK Trip Planning

My dream is finally coming true. We are going to visit UK this summer. I have been dreaming about visiting London for god knows how long. It was at the top of my must see before I die list and part of every bucket list I ever made for myself.
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Kinokuniya Bookstore Visit

This is the second post in my series of posts on bookstores. Link to my previous bookstore visit post.

I first came to know about Kinokuniya bookstore when I enquired about Death Note funko pops at a Japanese store in a local mall. The shopkeeper asked me to check in the Kinokuniya bookstore. I visited a small local branch of this bookstore in South Bay which is inside a Japanese super market but I wasn’t that impressed with the manga collection there. Recently, during a visit to San Francisco, I checked their San Francisco branch and it was amazing.

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City Lights Bookstore visit

Recently when I was reading a book about Shakespeare and company, I came across this bookstore. The author mentioned that Lawrence Ferlinghetti who stayed at Shakespeare and Co. opened this bookstore after returning to US. He said this is like a sister bookshop to Shakespeare and Co. and I was immediately interested in visiting this bookstore. Continue reading

Travel souvenirs

What do you guys usually get as a souvenir when you travel? We often buy something that can remind us about the trip and the places we visited as part of the trip. Some people collect fridge magnets. I used to collect them too but with a stainless steel fridge, I don’t have any place to put them. These days, instead of getting magnets which are of not much use, I get books. I usually end up buying books about the place I am visiting – mostly about the National Park or city I am visiting along with some about the history of the place, geology, wild life and vegetation etc. I love browsing through these books after my trip in order to refresh my memory. These books also provide me with more information about the places I visited as part of my trip along with some stunning photographs. I love collecting travel books. I got plenty when I visited Alaska and Hawaii too. I cannot find all the books that I bought in my various trips online or in a bookstore, so I try to buy them when I visit a place.

How about you?

First Disneyland trip

We made our first official trip with our one and a half year old son. We did a short trip when he was one year old to Lake Tahoe but that was a pretty short trip and he did not even understand much then. He had fun playing with the sand on the beach there. But other than that, we were pretty hesitant to take him on a trip as we were worried about his food and lot of other things. We finally made a trip to LA and took him to Disneyland and Universal Studios in December during the Christmas time.

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UK: Enid Blyton and Harry Potter

I love to travel as you all know already. I love armchair travel more than actually travelling to places. Reading books about places is even better than actually visiting those places – because it is cheaper, more convenient and you can get more information than you can even at that location. Also when you are travelling, you hardly have time to stop at one place and admire the beauty of that place or appreciate the history associated with it. This is more so when you spend $$$$ to visit a foreign country. I usually search for books about places that interest me and read about them. I have reviewed many travel books on this blog (you can check them in the “Old posts” page).

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First zoo visit

This weekend we went out for probably the first time after the little one made an entry into the world. We did go to hospitals/doctors and dined out few times but never made a day trip with the little one so far. He loves animals just like all the other kids so we thought why not take him to the local zoo. So we made a trip to San Francisco Zoo this weekend.

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