Finding Mexico & Africa in Dublin! good food and books

What €7 meal is worth a 2 hour car trip? A tasty & inexpensive Mexican one at Boojum, ( we are Mexican food lovers & were quite happy to find this place!)

boojum tasty lunch deal!

especially when combined with-HOORAY!- a several hour shop in Chapters bookstore! I didn’t take a photo of my 3 yummy vegetarian soft tacos (rice, and/or  black and/or pinto beans) with choice of cheeses, guacamole, sour cream, mild to very hot salsa, & more. (I went for the pico on the salsa front.) But I DID take a photo of my fabulous used book finds!

Well, 2 of them- Congo Journey by Redmond O’Hanlon & Facing the Congo by Jeffery Taylor– I got a few weeks ago, but I wanted to group them all together & roll in them they way movie folks do with cash after they’ve robbed a bank or whatnot.

For only €47, I got 7 books, most of them hardback. That’s kinda nice, because I usually donate my books to our little local library after I’m done, & hardbacks will be sturdier. (Our library’s book buying fund got badly hit by the recession) On another library note, inter-library book requesting  is brilliant, & a great way to get a hold of books not on the local shelf.

Anyway, I went whole hog for books on Africa. One of the ones I got was by Facing the Congo’s Jeffery Taylor: The Lost Kingdoms of Africa. This book got a 4 star rating at Amazon, & his other a 5, so I’m quite looking forward to them. I also got some books in which the travelers carry on despite what seem to be quite limiting physical factors. A Sense of the World is the true story of a man traveling from the beginning of the 1800s (excerpt from the book’s jacket:) ”known simply as the Blind Traveler—a solitary, sightless adventurer who fought the slave trade in Africa, survived a frozen captivity in Siberia, hunted rogue elephants in Ceylon and helped chart the Australian outback.” Click the book title above to go to the author’s site & find out more. I also got Far Horizons, written by Frank Gardner, who was paralyzed from the waist down when he was shot 6 times in Riyadh. He did not let that stop his adventurous spirit, & is still travelling to & reporting from rather extreme places!

None of these books were the ones I actually hoped to find- I was looking for Blood River by Tim Butcher, and perhaps his new one Chasing the Devil. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to get those on inter-library loan, though. There’s a review of Chasing here, & if you click the Blood River title, you’ll find a review from Catherine, who also met him after he read a mixed review she wrote!

So now, this

ahh, reading in bed!

will be me for the next while- even lazier than an armchair traveler!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kick Out The Jams
    Oct 05, 2010 @ 12:37:05

    Hi Susan,

    I passed by Boojum on Saturday and thought that it looked like an interesting place to eat. Reading your opinion just confirms that I’ll have to give it a go. And I can’t believe how long it is since I’ve been to Chapters – you’ve got a really nice selection of books there!

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  2. Edie
    Oct 06, 2010 @ 00:37:46

    When we were in Ireland, one of the places we wanted to go to was Chapters. It was highly recommended. Unfortunately, we never found it so we’ll have to go on our next trip.

    We live in a little town with no bookstores (closest one is an hour away) but our library has an awesome sale every month in an old, large warehouse. Everyone in town donates their old books and the library picks through them before taking them to the warehouse to sell (profits buy more books for the library). I think it’s an awesome way to recycle old books.

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    • aflowergal
      Oct 06, 2010 @ 07:59:11

      Libraries are so wonderful! Edie, I tried to reply to your Neighbor post, but for some reason Blogger sometimes rejects my ID’s. 😦 Anyhow, I enjoyed your post!

      Reply

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