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Books, Movies, Music: Understanding The Country You Are Travelling To: Part III

Books, Movies, Music: Understanding The Country You Are Travelling To: Part III

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Books, movies and music. There’s no better way to understand the culture, people and history of the countries you visit. Sarah Merchant gives you a list of what to read, see and watch before you travel.


Read Part I of Books, Movies, Music

Read Part II of Books, Movies, Music

Books, Movies, Music Part- III

Books, Movies, Music Part- III

1. Before you travel to Thailand

Read these books on Thailand

Sightseeing‘Pan Ma Ba’ (Mad Dog & Co) by Chart Kobjitti

‘Sightseeing’ by Rattawut Lapcharoensap

‘Four Reigns’ by Kukrit Pramoj


Watch these films on Thailand

The Beach‘The Beach’ (2000) by Danny Boyle

‘Fan Chan’ (My Girl) (2003) by Vitcha Gojiew

‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ (1997) by Roger Spottiswoode


Listen to the music of Thailand

‘Made in Thailand’ by Carabao

Groove to the pop tunes of female star Tata Young

Listen to Bong Lang, the traditional music of Northern Thailand.




2. Before you travel to Norway

Read these books about Norway

Sophie's World‘Sophie’s World’ by Jostein Gaarder

‘Mysteries’ by Knut Hamsun

‘The Ice Museum’ by Joanna Kavanna


Watch these films about Norway

Dead Snow‘The Pathfinder’ (1996) by Donal Shebib

‘Dead Snow’ (2009) by Tommy Wirkola

‘Oslo, August 31st’ (2011) by Joachim Trier


Listen to the music of Norway

Norway Ice Music FestivalListen to accomplished composer Edvard Grieg

Hear the sounds of folk musician, Ailu Gaup

Visit the Norway Ice Music Festival




3. Before you travel to Spain

Read these books about Spain

For Whom The Bell Toils‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’  by Hemingway

‘Isabella: Jewel of Castilla, Spain, 1466’ by Carolyn Meyer

‘Spain’ by DK Publishing


Watch these movies based on Spain

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara‘Todo Sober Mi Madre’ (All About My Mother) (1999)  by Pedro Almodóvar.

‘L’ Auberge Espagnole’ (2002) by Cédric Klapisch

‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ (2011) by zoya Akhtar


Listen to the music of Spain

Enrique IglesiasListen to the flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia

Classical guitar by Andrés Segovia

Anything by Enrique Iglesias, Shakira and Ricky Martin.




4. Before you travel to Portugal

Read these books about Portugal

Night Train to Lisbon‘The Return of the Caravels’ by Antonio Lobo Antunes

‘Journey to Portugal’ by José Saramago

‘Night Train to Lisbon’ by Pascal Mercier


 Watch these Portuguese films

Lisbon Story‘A Lisbon Story’ (1994) by Win Wenders

‘Ossos’ (Bones) (1997) by Pedro Costa

‘Voyage to the Beginning of the World’ (1997) by Manoel De Oliveira


Listen to music from Portugal

The Gift‘The film’ by The Gift

‘Portuguese Folksong O Melhor’ by Amália Rodrigues

Listen to music by Rui Da Silva





5. Before you travel to Italy

Read these books about Italy‘The Name Of The Rose’ by Umberto Eco

‘The Leopard’ by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

‘A Room With A View’ by E.M. Forster


Watch these movies based in Italy

Carabao‘La Dolce Vita’ (1960) by Federico Fellini

‘Letters to Juliet’ (2010) by Gary Winick

‘Under The Tuscan Sun’ (2003) by Audrey Wells


Listen to the music of Italy

Luciano-Pavarotti-The-Best_hampsongfoundation.orgItalian classics by Andrea Bocelli

‘Rap Song’ by Jovanotti

Listen to the powerful voice of Pavarotti







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Tall, lanky and slightly kookie in the head, Sarah Merchant loves travel, music, blogging, reading, talking (a lot) and history. Sarah has a flair for dramatics and dreams of clicking selfies in every part of the world. You can find her on Instagram @saarah030895

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