Whoever said that book lovers don’t travel, or travelers don’t give a minute of their time to read a book? Stereo-typical, right? BUT what if I tell you, there is a lair of book lovers who had already travelled more than 41 countries and 61 ports (and still counting). This lair is shaped like a ship. Oh, wait – it is a ship! MV Logos Hope is the world’s largest floating book fair, with over 400 volunteer crew and staff from over 50 different countries worldwide. Now, that’s amazing!
What’s more amazing is that, I had the privilege of visiting this humongous ship just a week ago since it has now docked in the warm shores of Cebu City, Philippines. It has been over 5 years since I last saw its sister-ship, the Doulos.
Unfortunately, Doulos had already retired from sailing and was immediately replaced with a newer and bigger ship, and this is where I was headed for the afternoon.
Before boarding, you have to purchase your admission ticket. But no need to fret, entrance fee is very much affordable. When I got hold of the ticket, I tried my best to keep my toes calm, although deep inside I’m dying to run like crazy directly inside their bookstore. And as I near the entrance to the heart of the ship, I can feel and smell (yes, I can smell them) the books. Oh, how my eyes watered from seeing rows and rows of books of different genres, sizes, shapes, titles and colors. It was like heaven on earth for any bookworm (like me).
And for those of you who would like to see a glimpse of this floating book haven, you can catch them docking in the ports of Manila and Subic Bay in the next few months.Published in