I love books that have been written with cold winter nights in mind. Without a doubt, these are the books for when the birds has flown south, the wood is stacked by the fireplace, and the roofs are white with snow; that is, for when one has no desire to venture out and one's friends have no desire to venture in.
Imagine how beautiful it is when snow has fallen during the night, but splendid too when the ground is white with frost; or even when there is no snow or frost, but it is simply very cold and the housemaids hurry to the living room to stir up the fire, how well this fits the season's mood. You make yourself some hot chocolate or take a glass of wine, find a book with yellow worn smelling pages and curle up in a big soft armchair near this fireplace, ready to travel.
Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. The books transport you into new worlds and introduce you to amazing people who lived exciting lives. You go on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad, to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. You travel all over the world while sitting in your cozy room in the very heart of Petersburg. And the more you read, the more you ask. And when you ask, you think. If you think, you search. If you search, you experience. If you experience, you grow. If you grow, you wish. If you wish, you find. And if you find, you doubt. If you doubt, you question. If you question, you understand and if you understand, you know. If you know, you want to know more and this is how you learn. The more you learn, the more places you'll travel.
Being curious, by definition, means you’re eager to know or learn something. Whether you’re experiencing the sights of far-off lands, or expanding your mind with the books. London, Barcelona, Nairobi, Mexico, Paris, Rome, Helsinki, Marrakesh, Amsterdam, Cologne, Bangkok, Delhi, Bali, Venice, Mallorca, Kyoto ― the whole world in one place, in Alexander House, in the middle of my beloved city. #WorduuupGoesToSaintPetersburg
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