Tea in Lit, International Lipreading, Drawing Room Drama & More: Endnotes 28 February

Tea in Lit, International Lipreading, Drawing Room Drama & More: Endnotes 28 February

Friday, 28 February, 2020

Every Friday, we celebrate the weekend — and all the reading and relaxing and daydreaming time ahead — with Melissa's favorite book- and travel-related links of the week. Why work when you can read fun stuff?!

This post is part of our Endnotes series.

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That breathtaking vista above is the view of Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park in Kenya. The park is one of the best places on the planet to see free-ranging elephants, as well as Cape buffalo, impala, lions, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, Masai giraffes, Grant’s zebras, and blue wildebeests. The local tribespeople are the Maasai, and the name ‘Amboseli’ comes from a Maasai word meaning ‘salty dust.’ But the park includes various habitats, including wetlands with sulfur springs, savannah, woodlands, and the dried bed of Lake Amboseli. But mostly: elephants! {more}

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  • Bookish podcast of the week: This week, we celebrated the birthday of artist and writer Edward Gorey on our blog. In this episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class, we learn more about the life of the fabulous Mr. Gorey. Spoiler: He was not a grim grumpus. (Skip to 1:22 if you want to avoid ads and un-related chit-chat.)

  • Travel podcast of the week: The Life on Safari podcast seems to have stopped production, but the episodes that do exist are excellent. This one is fascinating: a conversation with Kane Motswana, a Bushman from northern Botswana. His family members were nomadic hunter-gatherers, and now, he’s one of the best safari guides in Africa.

  • It’s us, over there: The Geopats podcast is about important things like coffee, books, and podcasting. In episode 114, David and I were delighted to talk to the host Stephanie about our favorite bookshops in Prague, and two special books that played an important role in our relationship.

Wishing you a cup of tea that’s the perfect temperature and an irresistible book to go along.

Top image courtesy of Sergey Pesterev.

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