As I sit in class, smelling someone’s fingernail polish, forcing myself to stay my eyes in a struggled open position, sometimes looking around at the other POW’s, I slowly come to the realization that this is helping me. The class, I mean, not the fingernail polish. As I listen to Prof. G. Blaschek, with an incredible amount of excitement in his voice considering what he’s talking about, I know that in some way, this class must be helping. I might be kidding myself. Boolean conditions, loops, and branches consist of information I am nearly positive I won’t use later in life. But maybe I can think of this like an education in thought process. If I can think in many different ways.
Prof. Blaschek: “This difference could be due to the way Americans think. For example, in America they first throw bombs at Iraq and then ask if that was the right thing to do. In Europe, we first check to see if it is safe to cross the street, and then we cross.”
I’m tired. I’ve been planning my spring break a great deal and still am unsure of my plans for the final week. I have not booked anything after the 2nd, when I’ll leave my parents to maybe go to Slovenia for 2 days to meet up with a group of friends. The places they will see look very nice, but will probably be nicer later in the year. I think I’ll stay in Venice another day (or two?) and then go to Rome for a week. I’ve read it’s a great time to go to Rome or Spain. There is also a group going to Alicante in Spain for a beach spring break. A plane ticket costs 120 Euro roundtrip… from Venice. A one way train ticket to Rome from Venice costs 75. I could also go to Slovenia, up to Linz to see my parents again as they make their way back to Frankfurt, and then go west in Germany. But it’s April, and it’s spring break, and western Germany is not exactly an ideal location for great weather in early April. The opportunities I have here never cease to amaze me when I think about them for a second or two. Ideas?
Continuing my entry on another day, I begin:
Dad left this morning. I can’t put into words how great it was to see him and have him here with me in Europe. We went to Vienna and around Linz. Our first stop, the most important place in Linz, was Xocolat, the best local chocolate store. I’m pretty sure there is a bigger one in Vienna, but I didn’t search for it. We got some great health food there. As Dad would say, “I can feel my arteries opening up”. While I’m not sure that’s the truth, the chocolate was better when shared with him. I loved his time here and am grateful for it.
I’m sitting. On my down jacket. Thanks geese. I’m sitting on the floor of a train to Nuremberg. I was in a seat, but once I got to Passau, I had to move because the seat was reserved. I hardly got that seat, too, if it were for Silvia, who studies medicine in Graz. She’s from a small city/town above Hamburg. Once we got to Passau, speaking German, she quickly secured a different seat that was not reserved. It was the only free seat on the car. I didn’t search for another one. Although this isn’t comfortable, I get to stretch my legs and look directly out of a large window. Crops, trees, castles, rivers pass by and make me think. It makes me happy to look out and see this land. I’ve come a long way. I’ve worked hard to get here and with determination. I look forward everyday to continuing my journey. Mountains to my right, greenest of grass and freshly plowed dirt to my left, I can think about a great number of things. My mind wonders and then realizes it’s wondering. Once I realize my situation and where I am I always smile. Looking out of the window and coming to the realization of where I am gives me chills. It’s overwhelming.
Security is tight here. I’ve been checked three times. Twice by the train people out of Linz and after Passau, and once just after the Passau stop by the German police of some kind. Everyone is traveling for the holidays. Large bags fill the overhead and I hear 3 or 4 different languages.
Very excited to see Mom and Pat tomorrow.
I hope Nuremberg is cool. I also hope I have enough time to see most of the city and what I want to. I need to leave tomorrow at 10 in order to get to Frankfurt in enough time to get to the hotel to meet the parents. Wish I hadn’t missed my train to Nuremberg at 8:16 and waited 2 hours for the next one. Oh well.
My travel plans are as follows:
Nuremberg for the night
Frankfurt for 2
Würzburg into Füssen for a night
Through Innsbruck to Verona for a night
Venice for 2
Rome for 4
To Orvieto for the night and a day trip to Civita di Bagnoregio
Sienna and San Gimignano for the night
Florence for 2
I’ll spend two nights on the train – once to Rome and then once to Linz. I think I’ll reserve a seat for those trains.
Not sure how much I’ll be able to get online or how much I’ll want to, but now you know my plans, so you can guess where I’ll be.
To tackle Jules Verne.