25 July 2012

Lonely Planet No. 15

My Lonely Planet collection increases, as my fifteenth volume arrived in the mail just now!

Yes, I am slowly getting excited with moving to Berlin. Hence, I have bought a guidebook; I figured it would be great to read about what the city has to offer beforehand, and have a little book I can consult every now and then. I remember my parents doing that every time they moved. I remember that the very first Lonely Planet we owned was Lonely Planet Micronesia, which we bought in Japan before we moved to Guam.

Unfortunately, there wasn't a Lonely Planet Buffalo, or Lonely Planet Western New York, so when I moved to Buffalo in 2005, I didn't have anything to consult. I just did my research using other means. Now, I believe there is a Lonely Planet New York State, but, as I have been living here for seven years now, I don't really need it anymore.

So, I bought myself a Lonely Planet Berlin. It's time to get familiar with the city I will call home next. Speaking of which, I am already processing my paperwork for my impending move. I am supposed to report to work on September 15, so things are getting there. Come to think of it, it's less than two months away!

(Detail, from my Temple Emanu-El Series)


  1. I also collect LP books, although I traded quick a few on the road and left some behind when they were getting to heavy, so the collection isn't complete.

    I find they have too many editions these days, fancy color ones, city guide, discovery guide whatever. They changed since they were bought by the BBC...

    1. Zhu,

      Oh I don't like the Discover guides. I've always liked the format of their Country, Region, and City guides. But these Discover Guides and the Pocketbook guides, it's too different, that I stay away from them as much as I can. So far it's working out well.

  2. I actually blame the Lonely Planet book for my lousy trip in Rome since my husband's bff was basing all of our trips through the Lonely Planet. When I travel I'm not really the type of person that gravitates towards museums or tourist spots. What catches my attention are the shopping centres!

    1. Charles,

      Haha, they should have a guidebook series dedicating to shopping! But you're right, I find myself doing extra research in addition to the guidebooks nowadays, because most of the time, the guidebooks only cover the stuff that most average tourists are interested in, but if one has a specific interest, then one needs to do more digging on one's own.