It's Better to Travel than Arrive?

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive"

Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, 1881.

"Robert Louis Stevenson speaks utter tosh and has

obviously never flown long haul economy class"

Kristy, first ever blog post, 2011.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

We've Got A Shop!

A new shop has opened up in Rado.  A shop with things in it that I want to buy - fabulous!  Rado has a population of around 25,000 and we do have a selection of shops, but the fashion is a bit challenging and there's not terribly much in the way of modern things for your home - and I'm a home wares nut.

I was interested to see what would open up in the space vacated by the "young fashion" store Charles Vogele and it sat empty for a while, taunting me.  But then Depot arrived!

I'm in the small mall where it's located around once a week and I'm going in to the store every single time.  I just want to encourage them to stay around with their pretty things.  I'm not the only one, I've never seen so many women in a store in this town before.  Every now and then you see a man in there as well, but they're making the "Ikea Face", e.g. dead behind the eyes.  It's definitely a shop for women.

I think it's great and I'm supporting it where I can.  And, to add to my thrills, someone has knocked through around three stores that have been empty since we arrived, next to the Post Office, and turned it into a bookshop cafe.  This wouldn't ordinarily excite me, as my German isn't good enough to read the books and I don't like the coffee with long life milk that they make over here, but there's a shelf of second hand English language books inside!  I bought three for only 4Euro.  Great stuff.

Secondhand books?  Count me in!


  1. I thought you were scared of used books?

  2. I am. I'm trying to block out the fact that someone might have read them in the toilet. Trying to block it out. Almost succeeding.

  3. I needed you with me yesterday on my grand Border's extravaganza!! Books galore!!!!!! The little coffee shop that was in there is already completely torn out, patched walls and all. Sad.

  4. Oh, I would have gone bonkers - it's the end of an era. Books that no-one has read in the toilet? I would have filled my car!

  5. The lady in line in front of me spent $275!!!!! Yikes!!!!!!!

  6. $275? That seems fair. Over here, if I want a new release (and want to buy it from a shop, not online) I have to go into Switzerland and they start at about $US30 for a paperback. That's why I've put aside my secondhand book issues and am embracing them (not physically, you understand, I haven't moved on that far!).


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