Countries: Italy, UK, USA
Nocturnes is a collection of five short stories. My favourite of the five is the first, which is titled "Crooner." This particular story set in Venice, Italy, follows a couple on their last trip. Their surprise interaction with a musician from a local cafe is a memorable experience for all the fictional characters involved. Whether working his piazza or playing his guitar in a gondola, this foreign musician helps the couple relive the happiest moments of their years together.
I was travelling when I discovered this book; it was an advert in a London Tube station that caught my attention. At the time, having recently experienced the cafes and street artists in the piazzas and plazas of Italy and Spain, it was the first story in this collection that led me to purchase the book. Reading the vividly depicted stories helped drift my mind through memories of past travels and invoked in me a strong desire to soon travel and experience the magic of music and a foreign night all over again.
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Our guest poster Benjamin Szweda is a freelance copywriter and editor currently living in his hometown of Cleveland, OH, USA. In addition to travel and reading he is passionate about health and fitness. Currently studying for the National Academy of Sports Medicine Personal Training Certificate, he enjoys weight training, biking and cooking.