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Travel in books…what a dream fantasy!

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Recently, I read this book by Jasper Fforde with the catching name “The Eyre Affair”. I want to resist to make a book review, because I want to dwell on another point of the book. I guess it had just the right amount of romance, crime, fantasy, girl power and everything. I kind of disliked the end because it just had to end with a wedding even though the point of the whole book before that was to be emancipated. Or I missed the point. And of course I like romance, but it could have ended with just the two of them getting together, not marry on the spot! But that’s only me…

What I actually want to talk about is this:

This Jasper Fforde guy has a wild fantasy and one includes visiting the world of real books which is such a marvelous idea! It’s like Pleasantville but only with books. In the book there even was a tourist guide who made trips with clients to favorite book scenes and everything. Mr. Rochester took them on a tour of Thornfield Hall. How cool is that! The only flaw was not to disturb the first-person narrator otherwise one could change the storyline. It would be wonderful to plan such trips. Imagine going to a travel agency booking trips to your favorite books! I would literally die of excitement!

I am such a girl here but only think of the chances you could have! I am only thinking about happy books here ๐Ÿ˜‰ย ย  I wouldn’t visit books about pain and misery…after all, you want to walk into a fantasy!

Of course it would be nice to check out Jane Eyre and see the real Mr. Rochester…in all the TV adaptations he is rather beautiful whereas in the book he is supposed to be, well, not as gorgeous as the 2006 BBC adaptation Mr. Rochester…

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Only imagine to dance at the Netherfield ball!

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Or even attend the wedding!

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I would visit all of the Jane Austen books naturally, considering those are all fantasy novels and all of them have a happy ending ๐Ÿ™‚ My other favorite, besides pride and prejudice, would be persuasion!


Or visit one of your favorite books you read as a child! For me that would be this one “Pony, bear and evening star”:

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Isn’t it lovely? Strolling through the night with a bear (I am a sucker for bears ;-)) and a pony, chasing the evening star. What else could a girl wish for?

Hop into short stories just for a quick fix! Maybe you could get a discount from the travel agency for stories shorter than, say, 30 pages ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Or hide behind your favorite detective!

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I would choose the stories of the “Famous Five”, nothing too dangerous in there ๐Ÿ˜‰

Or talk to a person who wrote an amazing autobiography. (Maybe this would go against the rule of contact to the first-person narrator but it would be definitely cool!) I would love to talk to a former spy agent or something ๐Ÿ™‚


Or even understand one of your scholarly books better through a visit…


Or self help books…I eat those up ๐Ÿ˜‰ Get firsthand help from the author!

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Hop into the classic ๐Ÿ˜‰

Or even crawl into one of your language learning books…talk to one of the “Tims” and “Marias” firsthand!

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Check out your favorite cookbooks ๐Ÿ™‚

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I would choose one of my Chinese cookbooks…yummy!

Get first-hand experience from history books.

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Maybe I would check out what the buzz about Elizabeth, the then empress of Austria was and still is all about.

Visit places all over the world through travel books…

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Beautiful, isn’t it?

It’s just too amazing to be true ;-(

So, where would you go, given the chance?



chinese idioms

Wow! Today I did a lot and hopefully I’ll have a Chinese dream. I only had a Chinese dream once…it was funny because while dreaming I thought of the correct grammar. The words I used were very easy, and the Chinese talked like me too ๐Ÿ™‚ It was funny but sadly only once. Today I wrote a lot of Chinese characters, watched the “blind date” drama again (I really hate the voice of the main girl, it seems to be dubbed to sound extremely “ladylike”, which is very annoying), listened to Chinese radio stations, learned vocabulary and idioms. I love Chinese idioms. The words which are used are quite easy to understand (mostly ;-), but the real meaning surpasses the words and tells so much about the Chinese mind, which I find very intriguing, fascinating and likeable. Mostly there is always an ancient story to it, and the four characters bear a really deep meaning. From the ones I learned today, I liked this one: ็ฌจๅคด็ฌจ่„‘ the words mean: stupid head stupid mind and the phrase just sums up stupid, or clumsy, and in a really cool way ๐Ÿ™‚ There are much more but I only know a few. There are actually “idiom battles” in China, where they just “hit” the opponent with idioms and then the opponent has to counter with another. If you are a foreigner you are met with great respect for handling idioms that well ๐Ÿ˜‰ So I will go on fighting my lonely fight ๐Ÿ™‚ If you can identify all the idioms on the left, you are an expert ๐Ÿ™‚


Internet radio, language partner and asian dramas

Basically I am doing a lot to brush up my Chinese recently. I try to listen to Chinese radio stations online while I’m doing stuff. I discovered a great site where you can switch between stations pretty easy:

Unfortunately, I still didn’t find my “dream station”. Either they only play ๅคไปฃ music, which is very very old fashioned music, they only talk, they only have commercials or they have “radio dramas”, often meant to be funny…but considering my lack of understanding, I don’t find it funny and hence am disappointed…waiting for my first laugh to come up ๐Ÿ™‚ week I also met with a Chinese girl to practice a bit…while I wanted to have a Chinese friend here in Vienna for a long time, I was always too busy to actually go and answer an ad. But now I finally did it. She is a very nice girl from Tianjin and studies piano here, which a lot of Asians do. It is somehow ironic that the average Austrian doesn’t care too much for classical music except for the image of the country and then there are girls like her who sacrifice their whole life for music to realize their dream of studying in Vienna. While talking with her I was so let down by my Chinese I really sucked…As I didn’t expect it to be this bad, I wanted to change something and unwrapped a few books which I took with me from China and already collected dust in my shelf… It’s a shame I always only did the exercises on page one…and then gave up ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh my…my attitude sucks really bad….But what I always love are cheesy Asian dramas ๐Ÿ™‚ I love love love Korean ones, nobody can reach the level of drama, guilt, shame and twisted love triangles like they do…but as I want to enhance my Chinese, I had to look for an equivalent, and since China tries to copy Korea, they also don’t lack cheesy dramas now. Which is good for me ๐Ÿ˜‰ The title already sums it up: “Single princesses and blind dates”. It sounds very cheesy which it is, but I hope it actually improves my Chinese. The good thing is, on the site some guys also made German subtitles which could help me if I really had a problem to understand…but for now the plot is still very easy to understand. That is why I only watch cheesy love stories ๐Ÿ˜‰ Besides my love for love, I can talk about love in Chinese, at least ๐Ÿ˜‰ This is the site to watch:

Okay…and when I am done with that I have to start reading the “hard” stuff about economy, global questions and monetary problems in Chinese…hope I don’t overreach or overestimate myself ๐Ÿ˜‰

National Day=Lazy Day…

Today is Austria’s national day which made it very hard not to feel lazy…The combination of quietness, bad 90s movies, parades of the army, a national speech from the president and a visit from the Jehovah’s witnesses (yes, they were here today) made the feeling just too “holiday” for my own good. The only thing I did was to brush my Chinese for a bit, which isn’t much, but I’m glad I even accomplished one tiny little thing ๐Ÿ˜‰ I watched “ๆˆ‘ๅ€‘้€™ไธ€ๅฎถ” (We are family), which is originally from Japan but I watch the dubbed Taiwanese version… It is very funny and would be even funnier if I could understand the whole thing…You can check it out here ๐Ÿ˜‰