My spirits rise as I approach the shop with its signature wooden arches. Once inside, I begin my expedition on the right half of the ground level. I land in Denmark and then move to Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, France and Spain respectively. My progression to Italy and Greece takes me to the left side of the room. Once I have had my fill of the Continent, I ascend the winding steps to the gallery. Books on England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland are available on the shelves that line the upper tier. After spending ample time in 18th, 19th, and 20th century London, I descend the winding steps to the ground floor. I am confronted with a second set of stairs that lead to the basement, where books on America are kept; I am homesick. I search for an empty chair, survey the books I have acquired, and read until teatime.