Wednesday, June 1, 2011

To Poland, and Beyond (for real this time)!

(Previously seen on May 1st, as a result of my inaccurate fingers.)

Tonight, my family and I make our pilgrimage to my husband's homeland of Poland.  This is a trip we take every other year to see his family.  Internet connectivity is a little dicey over there, but I have arranged for many reviews and things to entertain you while I am about.

Two years ago, when I was overseas, my readership went to hell in a handbasket!  So what do I have to do to bribe you to stick around this time?  I'm thinking that showing an occasional picture of Viggo might help.  Don't think I won't try it.

So I've said my prayers for my animals, who are in the care of my house sitter.  No runaway kitties!  I've fought with my husband over the quantity and size of my suitcases, and explained for the 53rd time why my beauty aids are important to me and why I must carry them on the plane.   The one feather in my cap is the Kindle of course.  I am having fantasies over the dozens and dozens of reading hours, and all that I will accomplish.  More on that in a minute.

Itinerary.  First to Sopot (burb of Gdansk) on the Baltic Sea for my husband's business meeting.  Let me clarify...meeting for him, spa and seaside for me and the kids.  Then we will hop on over to Bergen Norway to see the fjords (something on our bucket list).  I am going to have Wordless Wednesday pictures for two years.
 












Then to Wroclaw where my in-laws live.  No idea what we will do once we get there, but all travel will be by car (loud talking, smelly dog, confusing detours).  This will be prime audiobook time for me.  It may just save my sanity.

So, for the good stuff.  What is on my reading list!  Let me share:

On my Kindle
The Mango Season - Amulya Malladi (book club read)
The Fates Will Find Their Way - Hannah Pittard
A Mountain of Crumbs - Elena Gorokhova
The Doomsday Book - Connie Willis
The Tea Rose - Jennifer Donnelly
The Winter Rose - Jennifer Donnelly
Hurting Distance - Sophie Hannah
Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese (book club read)

Emergency books if Kindle blows upBad Things Happen - Harry Dolan

The Devil's Star - Jo Nesbo
The Poisoner's Handbook - Deborah Blum


NO WAY I'm going to get through all of these.  There are some seriously huge books on this list, but I think this is good.  These are the books that intimidate me when I am doing my usual running around and not sitting and reading.

So bon voyage friends!  I will miss you!

32 comments:

Julie P. said...

I hope you have a safe trip and a wonderful time!

Melody said...

Have fun and take lots of pics!!

Bybee said...

Oh cool...I wonder if they'd like to have a new EFL teacher (me) in Poland???

Beth F said...

Safe travels and have a super time.

Kay said...

Have a wonderful time. Be interested in hearing what you think about CUTTING FOR STONE (read that one!). LOL

Looking forward to your Norway pictures. Bliss.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Have a wonderful trip, and who knows? Maybe you'll run into Jo Nesbo in Bergen...

Martha@Hey, I want to read that said...

Great book choices. Have a wonderful trip. I look forward to the pictures.

Zibilee said...

Yay! You are on your way, and I hope that you have a wonderful time over there! You did pick a lot of great books to read while traveling, and I hope that you enjoy them. Have fun on your trip! I look forward to seeing you when you get back!

Nise' said...

I certainly hope your Kindle does not blow up! The Rose series is GREAT! Have a fantastic trip!

Care said...

have a fabulous time! I've been to the only fjord in US (or so I remember being told). Happy travel reading?

bermudaonion said...

I'll be sticking around while you're gone. Safe travels!

Kathleen said...

Have a wonderful trip Sandy!

Elisabeth said...

Have a great trip, and of course I will be here when you get back!

JoAnn said...

Have a great trip, Sandy!

Alyce said...

I hope you have a fabulous trip! I can't wait to see your photos and hear all about your adventures!

heidenkind said...

Have a great trip!

Carrie K. said...

Have a wonderful trip!

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

Have a safe and wonderful trip! You always put together the best posts of your travels, so I'm so excited that you're going to Poland! I cannot wait for the pictures!! *jealous*

Trisha said...

Have tons of fun and take lots of pictures! That way I can live vicariously through you. :)

Gavin said...

Have a great trip, Sandy!

BookQuoter said...

Have a good time. Happy Reading Away!!

Melissa said...

Have a wonderful trip!!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Have an amazing trip! I can't wait for all the WW photos when you get back.

Darlene said...

I'm certainly not going anywhere when you're gone but I will miss you! I hope you have a safe and great trip and I can't wait to hear all about it and see the pictures.

Jenners said...

Have a most excellent trip!!! I'm sucked into the Jennifer Donnelly books (in the middle of The Winter Rose now and just scored the next one ... the Wild Rose). I think those are perfect for vacation reading!!!

Iliana said...

Hope the Kindle doesn't blow up but glad you have some emergency books :)

I hope you have a fantastic time Sandy. And, I cannot wait to see your pics from Norway! We were thinking of going there this year but our vacation won't be as long given that I've switched jobs and don't have much time so Norway will have to wait.

Enjoy your vacation!

Swapna said...

Have an amazing time!!!

caite said...

you are heading to Europe and I will be heading home tomorrow.
I totally understand about connectivity issues...and no doubt lost readership. oh well...lol
have a wonderful time!!!

btw, on the issues of reading, I read one book in two weeks, while my SIL read 7-8.
I just do not read on vacation...

farmlanebooks said...

I hope that you're having a fantastic holiday. I'll try and stick around your blog this time, whether you have bribes or not ;-)

Amy said...

Sopot on the Baltic Sea and then Bergen Norway for the fjords sounds amazing Sandy! I cannot wait to see your photos!

Great book list, too! I hope it keeps your sanity intact!

II'm sure your animals will behave despite being annoyed they were left home :o)

Have a fantastic trip!

Alice Teh said...

Have a fantastic trip! I can live with your Wordless Wednesday for two years and beyond. Bring them on! LOL

Anna said...

Hope you're having a wonderful time! Looking forward to your recap (hint, hint).