The word ecstatic means: Feeling or expressing overwhelming happiness or joyful excitement, and that is what I’m doing here today.

I haven’t posted in a very long time. I’m not sure anyone out there remembers this site or will even read this post, but that doesn’t matter.

Let me explain… I do not consider myself a writer.

I am a reader.

I wrote a book that did not come from talent or imagination. It was just me telling my life story, punctuation, spelling errors and all. I started this blog to publicise that book, but soon found myself happier reading other blogs than writing one myself. So I stopped.

Now why am I sitting here today?…  Writing. Good question!

The only answer I can think of is excitement. I’m so excited, I can’t sit still and I want to shout from the roof top.

I’m going to England!

I’ve been there before. Many times actually, but this time is different. This time I’m going on a ‘literary pilgrimage’.

My parents are coming to Norway (where I live) for a visit, this Spring. My mother suggested that maybe her and I could take a little trip, an excursion while they are here. My first thought was Paris but then a friend soon put another idea into my head. Her and her daughter had just purchased cheap tickets to London and asked if we would like to travel with them.

Except for seeing a show and afternoon tea, London didn’t tempt me. Knowing however, that my mother didn’t care where we went, a thought crossed my mind. The same thought that crosses my mind whenever I think of England. Jane Austen.

Jane Austen has long been my favorite author. I’ve read all her books and although pleasurable, not an easy task. At least not for an American like myself. It’s like reading in another language, new and romantic. I love everything about them. While there is plenty of plot and adventure, they are genteelly written and domestically structured around marriage. They are about women.

If you have never attempted to read one of Jane Austen’s novels, you should, or at least see one of the many films based on them. I’ve seen both the Hollywood and BBC versions, (many times over) neither of which disappoint.

For me it’s not just her writing, but the author herself that entices. I want to walk where she has walked. And that is exactly what I am going to do come June, with a trip to Bath and Chawton cottage.

We will be taking a bus trip from London to Bath, stopping off at Stonehenge. Jane Austen lived several years in Bath. Here we will see the Roman Baths, take afternoon tea and of course visit the Jane Austen Centre.

We will also visit Chawton. I have a friend living near London named Claire, who has kindly offered to drive us. We will visit the village and cottage where Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life. The literary shrine where six of our greatest novels were first written or given their final form.

I can already hear the birds singing and I’m ecstatic…

A list of my favorite Austen books, in order:

  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Persuasion (surprise)
  • Pride and Prejudice (usually the most popular)
  • Emma
  • Mansfield Park
  • Northanger Abbey

Start reading, Mom!










About maggiemyklebust

I grew up on the Jersey Shore and now live in Norway. I have also lived in Houston and the Netherlands. I have written a memoir called Fly Away Home.

Posted on February 11, 2015, in girly talk, travel, writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Have a wonderful time! Looking forward to reading about your adventures.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful trip Maggie! I first went to England a year and a half ago to visit my uncle and aunt as well as see some of the sights around London. I would love to get out of the city next time and see the countryside. I got to travel to Norway with my dad a couple of times. He has been gone for nearly nine years, but I will always remember those trips to the “old country”. Have a great time with your mom and write a post now and then. We miss you out here in the blogosphere.

    • It’s true Jon, Cities are wonderful and filled with many treasures, but the countryside is where you find the authenticity of where you really are. I hope you can get back to Norway again one day. 🙂

  3. Your trip sounds wonderful! You are so blessed to have your Mom to enjoy it with. I hope you will share some of your adventure with us. Nice to see you here today👍

  4. Woo hoo! Nice to see you back Maggie and I like to consider myself a reader too. This trip is going to be full of great days to fill your golden book of memories with.

    • That’s what I’m hoping for Dallas!
      I never imagined when I was sitting in Brick Township High School, all-those-years-ago reading ‘Persuasion’, that I would one day visit the exact little cottage in England where it was written. I’m a lucky girl!

  5. Have a great trip. It is also nice to see someone else like Sense and Sensibility before Pride and Prejudice, both good but there is something about Elinor and Maryann that speaks out to me. 😉 Post lots of pictures!

  6. What a journey this will be for you and your mom! How exciting!!! ♥

  7. I just finished reading your book and saw the link for this website on the very last page and thought I’d see if it still existed, and it most certainly did! Now this might be a little off-topic, however I really, really enjoyed reading the book and I have to commemorate you for your bravery! I think it’s a little ironic how I, a Norwegian, am sitting in my bed in the US reading this and longing for Norway. I too have spent a few summer days, and others, at Eigerøy as that’s where my grandma, and partly my mom, was brought up. Though it’s not too far from my hometown, Sandnes. Sitting here in the freezing Minnesota winter (-20 C), I can’t believe you thought Eigerøy was cold. I wouldn’t mind some of those rainy days now… Oh, and you’ve convinced me to read Jane Austen now, so I will be sure to pick up a copy of Sense and Sensibility asap! Enjoy England!

  8. Hello Hege, Thanks for stopping by and thanks for reading my book.
    I totally agree, I would take damp rainy weather over freezing temps any-day!
    I just don’t like when we get the same weather in the summer as we do in the winter.
    We did however, have a fantastic summer last year! 🙂
    I hope you enjoy Austen, as much as I do…

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