Boston to LA via the Slovak Republic

21 12 2007

Dear Everyone,

I’m a year late at a true update. So, as 2007 comes to a close, it’s high time for a general update on my new scene – especially since I’ve not sent out holiday cards. Some of you have been following along here (thanks!), but most of you haven’t had the time, so here’s an abbreviation.

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Lessons Learned in Europe

16 01 2007

For those of you considering an extended jaunt in Europe, or the merely curious, I’ve been pulling together a list of lessons learned from my journey. I wanted to travel light (to enable flexibility and mobility) and see a lot of places in the few weeks I was there. However, I didn’t want to move around so much that my memories would be of travel rather than new places, people and cultures. As it was, I chopped a couple places off my itinerary and still felt I moved around too much. Overall, I had a wonderful experience and can’t wait to do it again – better. Here’s a general idea of how I’d make it better.
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Culture Shock

18 11 2006

You want culture shock? Hm? Walk the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris – then visit Target in Revere, Massachusetts in the same 24-hour period. I dare ya.

Paris and more Paris

18 11 2006

As I said, Paris is delightful. Have spent a couple more days exploring and soaking the place up, and am headed back to the US shortly. A wonderful time all around – and lots of lessons learned for next time – I’ll be sharing those soon.

Paris, my darling

15 11 2006

It was a busy day. First of all, I’ve done something horrible to my right leg and it really hurts. Can’t quite figure out what, but it’s like a knot in my leg muscle that actually has me limping around like a senior citizen. So, send a prayer up for me, would ya?
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15 11 2006

Oh Paris, sweet Paris. More about her later; what a beauty.

A few pictures from last night and today are now up.

Train to Paris

14 11 2006

First of all, this train scene is bullshit. The compartments are evenly divided among smoking and non-smoking, which I think is unfair. One could be forgiven for thinking that all Europeans smoke, because there seems to be smoking just about everywhere. I saw folks smoking in a sushi restaurant in Amsterdam and remember thinking, how can you taste the sushi?

Anyway, I choose a smoking compartment because the non-smoking compartments are stuffed full, and I’m hoping to spread out and get some writing done. I am listening to my iPod as I settle in.
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