Mirror of worlds

“Like the best works of fantasy, a journey with [Terry Pratchett’s] trolls, witches, and crusty night watchmen provokes inspection of our own world. But what other authors do with light allusions, Discworld does with a sledgehammer. And with light allusion too. Then it steals your wallet.”

- “Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Might Be The Highest Form of Literature on the Planet” by Brandon Sanderson. (via the-library-and-step-on-it)

On an adventure

I went on my first private study trip with my GA travel card today. This wonderful (and costly) card allows free travel across the whole of Switzerland by train, bus or nearly any other public transportation for a full year, and I’m going to use the heck out of it.

I went to Chur, one of the cities in the southeast of Switzerland, mainly because I love that part of the country and the train ride takes more than two hours there and back again. I took two books with me and managed to read about one-and-a-half during travel and waiting for trains.

But the break in between was what I truly cherished. It’s just refreshing to step out of the train after stuffing your mind with Tolkien and the umpteenth study destined to define fantasy once and for all (™) and smell fresh mountain air.

If you’d like to see some pictures of this trip (and more to come), you can now follow me on Instagram under the username mirolandis. There are also plenty of pictures from my visit to the States online.

This reminds me… I could follow the Tolkien hike from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen one day…