Go Around the World This Summer

The first weekend in May of every year we host a theme party at the beach. Our closest friends come for the weekend with their costumes in tow. This year my party was based on  the book Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne. The book offered lots of fun ideas from the food and the characters to the decor.

I love to read.  I know the story well, but I read it again, and then two more times. Every time I read the book, I was surprised by something I had previously missed. There are great quotes from Phineas Fogg like, “It may be taken for granted that, as rash as Americans are, when they are prudent there is a good reason for it”. And my favorite, “I saw the world. I learnt of new cultures. I flew across an ocean. I wore women’s clothing. Made a friend. Fell in love. Who cares if I lost a wager?”

“Around the World in 80 Days” was published in 1873. It was during a time when traveling around the world as a tourist was just becoming a possibility. Jules Verne was considered a futurist. Imagine!! We take for granted how quickly we move from one place to another. Our lives are filled with travel adventures that we take for granted. Of course, our adventures don’t include saving a princess from becoming a burnt offering or being attacked by Indians on a train. Jules Verne described places that most people would never see. He made the world seem small and navigable.

I have made a point of adding the classics into my reading list. It is great to revisit favorites and read for the first time the classics I missed years ago. Summer is almost here. You may have an opportunity to ride an elephant through a jungle, save a damsel in distress, cruise on a cargo ship, take a train across America, fly in a hot air balloon, rescue a friend from Indian attacks, or just read a great book. Whatever your adventure, enjoy!

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