This weekend’s weather was beautiful. The 70 degree clear blue sunshine exemplified my own mood perfectly; Saturday marked two months until my RTW takeoff! To celebrate, I read a few hours’ worth of The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (only 10% more to go!) and drank some good wine at 7th Street during work. I also ordered my WWOOF Australia guidebook, and can’t wait to get it! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there are some great wineries listed. The book itself cost $70, which includes membership to WWOOF Australia for a year as well as a small insurance (I think it said 10,000 AUD) to cover any small incidents that might occur during your stay. I’ve heard and read some great things about WWOOF, and think the concept is fantastic. In case you’re not familiar, the basic idea behind the organization is to provide a service which sets travelers up with host farms, a large majority of which are organic. When you find a farm that suits your needs/wants, you contact them (their information is provided in the WWOOF book), set up a time to volunteer-typically in exchange for room and board-and you’re set! Obviously I have no personal experience as of yet, but it seems to be a great way to get a unique perspective of a place that you’re visiting while simultaneously saving a little cash. If that sort of experience sounds like something you’re interested in be sure to check out their website; there are WWOOF connections available throughout the world.

While we’re on the subject of books, there are a few that I would like to recommend, in case anyone is looking for a little extra entertainment this winter.

1.) Beauty Detox Solution by Kim SnyderIf you read my very first post, I mentioned Kim Snyder’s book and its effect on my life. The introduction was the reason I first found out about RTW tickets…I booked my own four months after I came across her book by complete chance on Amazon. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to finally buy Beauty Detox Solution, and absolutely love it. What I appreciate most about this book is that it is full of scientific facts; how your body breaks down and digests food, the consequent order in which you should eat for maximum nutrient absorption, and simple ways that you can change your eating habits to implement these scientifically proven enhancements. She also has some great recipes which are easy and, best of all, cheap! It might just change your perspective on healthy eating…check it out!

*I have a Kindle (and love it), but in my opinion, the format for this book just doesn’t work with an Ereader; I ended up going to Barnes & Nobles and picking up a hard copy.

2.) The Billionaire’s Vinegar by Benjamin WallaceThis book is like a buzz word in the wine world right now. No matter where I go, if there is wine and someone who loves it, Billionaire’s Vinegar is being talked about. I have been told that it is accurately filled with accounts of history, scandal, and big industry names.  This book is next up on my list, right after I finish….

3.) The Fountainhead by Ayn RandIt’s no secret that I love Ayn Rand’s writing. I finished Atlas Shrugged last summer, and think it is one of the most inspirational, motivational and thought provoking books that I have ever read-and I’ve read a lot. Rand’s writing is incredible; I can’t get enough of it. Fountainhead is written in the same style as AS and follows the same underlying themes, but is actually an easier read.  If you’re looking for a novel to get completely lost in, I highly recommend it.

What are you reading? Anything I can’t miss?


2 responses to “T-Minus

  1. I’m in the middle of Atlas Shrugged right now, but I’ll have to check out The Fountainhead afterwards! I also picked up a copy of Billionaire’s Vinegar today…we’ll have to share a glass and chat about both of ’em 🙂 Cheers

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