If you remember from a previous post in December 2016, I mentioned that I am writing a book. Today, I am very happy to announce that I finally finished and published my book. This book was exactly two years in the making from the day of the conception of the idea in January 2015, to the day I published it in January 2017. After two fruitful trips to Germany in 2015 and a lot of writing and editing, I would like to present to you the finished product. I now present to you my first book, “Travel With Rizal in Germany.”
If you look at my About Me page, I mentioned that it is important to recognize your personal heritage and sense of history when you travel and life in general. I was born and raise in the Philippines and the national hero of our country is Dr. Jose Rizal. This most revered poet, writer, ophthalmologist, biologist, anthropologist and patriot is one of the most traveled of all the national heroes we recognized in our country. After studying in Madrid for two years, he decided to go to Germany to further his medical studies and finish the most important book in his writing career – Noli Me Tangere. To Filipinos, this is the most important novel in Philippine literature. It is studied all over the country together with its sequel El Filibusterismo.
This book follows Rizal’s journey from Strasbourg (which was once within the German borders) through Germany from early 1886 to mid-1887. Rizal finished his journey in Germany in Stuttgart before departing for Switzerland.
I wrote this book for three reasons. The first would be to add new information about this great man’s life. It seems some of the information out there about Rizal that are available from decades ago when Germany was a divided country. A lot of Rizal historians and biographers then were unable to enter East Germany. While traveling to Germany in 2015, I was able to discover new information about Rizal’s life and travels in this Germany.
The second reason would be to properly introduce Dr. Jose Rizal to the new generation especially to young Filipinos living outside the Philippines. Reading biographies of Rizal are all well and good. However, we must also look at Rizal’s life as a student traveling around Europe with very little money in the late 19th century. His traveling lifestyle then would be very similar to that of a backpacker in today’s generation.
Lastly, I wrote this book is to encourage Filipinos and Rizal fans to travel to Germany. With European countries opening its borders to foreign visitors, it is much easier to travel to various cities in another country who also have great respects for our national hero. You can use this book as a guide the next time you travel to Germany.
I’m very glad I am able to present this book to you. If you would like to get a copy of this book, just go to Amazon.com and with this book I hope you follow the footsteps of Jose Rizal in Germany.