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Returning to Australia again

My husband will become Professor Emeritus after working for 19 years at his university, so we are planning to move to Australia then. We have both worked and spent many years there before, so this trip will be like going back home, in a way. Now we are in the process of clearing the flat where we are now living, as well as our weekend house in the mountains. We will be trying to sell that weekend house, as in all probability we will be needing the money to invest in a new home for us in our new place of residence.

I studied to be a Librarian in Australia and worked in a university library there as well as a one in the Dominican Rep. The problem I have at the moment is that I am trying to get rid of shelf after shelf of books (in German, English and Spanish), but I am finding it hard to do that! I am finding it difficult to get rid of Carol Drinkwater's series of books about her olive farms, as at one time we even contemplated the idea of starting an olive farm ourselves! I just can't put aside Jose SepĂșlveda or Isabel Allende's books in Spanish, nor the collection of travel books by Michael Palin, who not only went to the Sahara, but also from Pole to Pole, the Himalaya, the New Europe, and Full Circle around the world! We also cycled around on a bicycle with Dervla Murphy, who dared to go through Siberia, but also to Madagascar, Cuba and she also went Full Tilt from Dunkirk to Delhi! All those books are like part of our family now, so it is difficult to leave them behind!

Regardless of the language, all those shelves full of books, they have given us many hours of entertainment both to my husband and myself, so now that we are leaving, we would like to give them to other people who could appreciate them as much as we did, but how are we to find those people? A few of those books are just paperbacks, but there are also some that have colorful covers and inside pictures, or others that were given to us by people we hold in high esteem. Finding a home for those books is not easy now, especially not at a time when people prefer to have a Kindle, so they can carry their whole collection of books with them wherever they go, even if they have to do it electronically, as that is not only more efficient, but better for the environment too.

Trying to sell them in Amazon is not possible either, as postal charges have increased tremendously, so even a paperback measuring 220 millimeters is too big for the postal system to carry these days, unless it is at a high price. When I told my sister our predicament, she suggested we mail all those books by sea! I liked that idea, as we would be able to take all our books with us, even if it takes a long time to get to the country Down Under, as we would be there to welcome them again when they do arrive!

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Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

I can't imagine parting with my books... they are basically 90% of my home. I have books in every room and I can't imagine not having them anymore. It is sad that when people move the cost of moving things like books are astronomical. I think the postage service should give book readers a discount when they need to move their beloveded books.


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sylvia13 5 years ago from Shoal Bay, NSW, Australia Author

Yes, I agree with you! They have been around me for so long, yet now is the time to part ways and it hurts! There are hopes though and I will write a hub about it tomorrow, as it is just incredible that something like this could happen!


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That Grrl 4 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

I've been taking all my fiction books to the secondhand bookstore every month. After I've read them of course. I trade them for new books I haven't read. This helps cut down on the amount of books I've got at home. But, it is harder to part with the non-fiction. Too much like giving up on something of myself. They are either about a topic I wanted to know more about or they are a guide to something I wanted to do better. It's much harder to give those away, but I have. Just a few of them.


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sylvia13 4 years ago from Shoal Bay, NSW, Australia Author

I wish there were second hand book stores in the city where I live! I think the problem might be that people prefer to buy new books. I also like books, whether used or new, but the problem is that I am running out of space, especially when my family likes reading English, German and Spanish books!


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itakins 4 years ago from Irl

It's nice you are taking your books with you - and if they take up too much space you will probably find it much easier to sell them in Australia, they have plenty of charming shops and markets for selling used goods.Exciting times for you:)


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sylvia13 4 years ago from Shoal Bay, NSW, Australia Author

Exciting times they sure are! I'm looking forward to having TV in English again and being able to speak English too!

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