22 Foreign Ambassadors Recommend the Best Books to Read and Movies to Watch Before Visiting Their Countries!
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I remember reading Into the Wild while flying to Alaska on one of my first solo trips far from home. It really set the stage for my adventure! It made me want to take off and travel to discover myself the same way Christopher McCandless did (minus the tragic ending, of course).
So I was excited to come across this list of book and movie recommendations for various countries, including Chile, Germany, Finland, India, and more!
Here’s the list of recommendations by 22 different foreign ambassadors in Washington, DC.
Read: The Tobacconist by Robert Seethaler
Watch: The Third Man, 1949
Read: Ali and Nino by Kurban Said
Watch: The film adaptation of Ali and Nino
Read: Treasures of the Thunder Dragon: A Portrait of Bhutan by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck
Watch: Travellers and Magicians, 2003
Read: With Faith and Goodwill: 150 years of Canada-U.S. Friendship, edited by Arthur Milnes
Watch: Any of the films from National Canadian Film Day’s Top 150 which the ambassador says “provides a list as diverse as the country itself.”
Read: La Casa de los Espíritus by Isabel Allende
Watch: No, 2012
Read: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
Watch: Colombia Magia Salvaje, 2015
Read: Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg
Watch: A Royal Affair, 2012
Read: The Man Who Spoke Snakish by Andrus Kivirähk
Watch: Lotte and the Moonstone Secret, 2011
Read: Moomin books by Tove Jansson
Watch: Tale of a Forest, 2012
Read: Tschick (Why we took the car) by Wolfgang Herrndorf
Watch: Good Bye Lenin!, 2003
Read: Freedom and Death by Nikos Kazantzakis
Watch: Zorba the Greek, 1964
Read: Independent People by Halldór Laxness
Watch: Sigur Rós: Heima, 2007
Read: TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
Watch: Once, 2007
Read: Freedom at Midnight by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins
Watch: Monsoon Wedding, 2001
Read: Selected Poems by Louise Bennett
Watch: Cool Runnings, 1993
Read: In the Name of the Father (And of the Son) by Immanuel Mifsud
Watch: Limestone Cowboy, 2017
Read: The Embarrassment of Riches by Simon Schama
Watch: De Aanslag, 1986
18. New Zealand
Read: The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera
Watch: Hunt for the Wilderpeople, 2016
Read: The Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbø
Watch: Kon-Tiki, 2012
Read: I Saw Her That Night, by Drago Jančar
Watch: Valley of Peace, 1956
Read: Nordic Ways by András Simonyi
Watch: A Man Called Ove, 2015
22. United Kingdom
Read: Atonement by Ian McEwan
Watch: Life of Brian, 1979
Have you read any of these books? What have been your favorite books to read before traveling to a certain destination?
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