Bookshops in Buenos Aires
One of the first things Andrey taught me when I arrived in Buenos Aires nearly 5 years ago, was to visit the bookshops. It is honestly an experience.
I have always loved books. My cousins would often tease me and call me a book worm. I guess I looked like one because I wore glasses and my nose was always buried in a book.
My love of books and my late grandmother
My beloved grandmother had a cabinet full of books and it was always locked. She didn`t have romance or novels but educational books. I am not talking about the books you find nowadays for children. It was a series of books full of fables and legends. Some books had scientific inventions. Others had poetry. They were all written in my home language, Afrikaans. They were bound in a green leather and engraved in gold.
She always taught me to value books. First I had to wash my hands, then I had to take the book to the kitchen table and sit on the chair. I was not allowed to lick my finger when I turned the pages or write in the book. Up to this day I respect books and I would never write in a book or bend it.
I also love the smell of books. I love books period. Now to get back to my story. Back in South Africa I would often visit bookshops but it is nothing compared to the ones in Buenos Aires. Most bookshops are situated in historical buildings. The architecture is incredible.
You don`t find a lot of English books and there is not a huge variety. So why go there you might ask? Well, some books are just ridiculously expensive like photography books. So what we would do is to take a stack of books, buy a coffee in the coffee shop and sit by the table and read until we got tired of reading. My grandmother would have been very upset if she knew we had a coffee in the bookshop!
Now this is what I like about the bookshops here in Argentina. Nobody kicks you out. You can sit there for the whole day and nobody will ask you to leave. I love that! When I go to the city I always visit the bookshop, have a coffee and look at the photography books.
Kindle or Book?
Recently Andrey got a Kindle and he is so happy with it. I tried it but stubbornly refused to give up my book. However, when I celebrated my birthday in Russia, I got a Russian Prology book reader. It is not a Kindle but it suits my needs perfectly. Since then I have loaded tons of English books on my reader and I am so happy I got it. I treasure my book collection but the electronic reader makes it so easy, especially in Argentina, where English books are hard to come by.
Which do you prefer……a book or an e-book reader like the Kindle?