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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.

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1. Before you travel to the Netherlands

Read these books on Netherlands

Anne Frank Diary‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ by Anne frank

‘Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates’ by Mary Mapes Dodge

‘The Coffee Trader’ by David Liss


Watch these films on the Netherlands

Discoverry of heaven‘Stromenlied’ (Song of the Rivers) (1954) by Joris Ivens

‘The Discovery of Heaven’ (2001) by Jeroen Krabbé

‘Love is all’ (2007) by Joram Lürsen


 Listen to the music of the Netherlands

HardwellParty all night to the tunes of EDM by Tiesto, AVB, HArdwell.

Listen to ‘Levenslied’, the traditional music genre of Neherlands

Be part of the Amsterdam Dance Event to get acquainted with Dutch style music.



2. Before you travel to Sweden

 Read these books on Sweden

Culture Shock‘Culture Shock! Sweden: A Guide to Customs and Etiquette’by Charlotte Rosen Svensson’s

‘Miss Julie’ by August Strindberg

Anything by Astrid Lindgre or Selma Lagerlof


Watch these films on Sweden

200px-The_Girl_with_the_Dragon_Tattoo_PosterWatch movies by Ingmar Bergman

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ (2011) by David Fincher

‘Antichrist’ (2009) by Lars Von Trier


Listen to the music of Sweden

Swedish-House-MafiaListen to the Cardigans

Groove to the EDM tunes of Swedish House Mafia

Anything by Basshunter

It’s my life by Dr. Alban



3. Before you travel to Ireland

Read these books on Ireland

Pete McCharty‘McCarthy’s Bar: A Journey of Discovery In Ireland’ by Pete McCarthy

‘Pomegranate Soup’ by Marsha Mehran

‘Juno and Juliet’ by Julian Gough


 Watch these films on Ireland

ps-i-love-you1‘The Quiet Man’ (1952) by John Ford

’PS: I love you’ (2007) by  Richard LaGravenese

‘The Matchmaker’ (1997) by Mark Joffe


Listen to the music of Ireland

u2Listen to the popular band U2

Hum along with the voice of Sinead O’ Connor

Hall of Fame by The Script



4. Before you travel to Jordan

Read these books on Jordan

53_u406057_0_TELawrence_SevenPillarsOfWisdomATriumph‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom’ by TE Lawrence

‘Notes from the Sand’ by Jeffery Neil Simon

‘The Desert and the Snow’ by Gertrude Bell


Watch these films on Jordan

indiana-jones-and-the-last-crusade-movie-poster-1989-1020270101Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ (1989) by Steven Spielberg

‘Captain Abu Raed’ (2007) by Amin Matalqa

‘Lawrence of Arabia’ (1962) by David Lean


Listen to the music of Jordan

10309512_841289589231777_1499449136956736959_nListen to hit album ‘Khaliji’, featuring

Zajal songs form an integral part in the music history of Jordan

Listen to the new age group RUM



5. Before you travel to Hong Kong

Read these books on Hong Kong

n129387‘Fragrant Harbour’ by John Lanchester

‘Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood’ by Martin Booth

‘Hong Kong; The City of Dreams’ by Nury Vittachi


Watch these films on Hong Kong

Crime Story (1993)‘Crime Story’ (1993) by Kirk Wong

‘The Killer’ (1989) by John Woo

‘A Chinese Ghost Story’ (1987) by Siu-Tung Ching


Listen to the music of Hong Kong

Joey-Yung_XiahpopListen to Cantonese pop music dished out by Sally Yip and Andy Lau

Groove to the pop tunes of Eason Chan and Joey Yung

Anything by Priscilla Chan

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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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  1. Cory
    September 22, 10:25 Cory

    Good info before and on a trip.

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