literary travel

Visiting the Shire: Middle Earth Locations in New Zealand

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Mar 11, 2019 / 0 comments

Last summer, my students and I read The Hobbit together. It had been 30 years since I’d read it. I have to admit, I reveled in the classic story, long buried in my brain under years of reading. As you know, it is a classic tale of a quest; a long, life-changing journey. The travelers have to battle (and avoid) various creatures, traverse extraordinarily vast plains, wend their way through mountain paths, and pursue their quest across Middle Earth.

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Iceland's Rich Writing Traditions Influence the World - and Travel

What do you do on an island? You tell stories. What you do on Iceland, one of the world's most famous islands, the land of fire and ice? You tell stories, write books, influence the entire world with your landscape, culture, mythology, beliefs, and, of course, writing.

6 Magical Items to Keep You Safe at Hogwarts

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Feb 01, 2017 / 0 comments

Every Harry Potter fan has dreamt of walking the halls of Hogwarts, or performing complex spells that will turn any enemy into a bat or mouse. But we’ve begun to grow up. Our minds have moved on to reality, and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has been tucked away on to a dusty shelf of our subconscious.

Teaching Literary Travel to Kids

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Nov 29, 2016 / 6 comments

We all love literary travel (of course. As evidenced by us being regular readers and avid consumers of literature of all types. But I digress). It’s an interesting way to learn about the world, much different than what you’ll get from guidebooks.

Visiting Alcalá de Henares on the 400th anniversary of the death of Cervantes

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Jun 24, 2016 / 0 comments

When we boarded a train in Madrid for a day trip to Alcalá de Henares, I began thinking of the legendary figure Don Quixote lashing out at Castilla-La Mancha’s giant windmills with his faithful squire Sancho Panza in tow.
Visiting Alcalá de Henares on the 400th anniversary of the death of Cervantes