Monday, March 26, 2012

Around the World: Willkommen

March 26, 1992

Today, I walked around Salzburg in the daytime.  The gardens are beautiful to walk through on my way toward the castle.  The outside is all I will see, as I can't afford the admission.  It looks like I'll be heading to Munich a little bit earlier than I had planned.

Munich has placed an hour long stroll between the hostel and the train station that takes me through a park with plenty of pleasant scenery to offer distraction.  I could have taken the subway, but the criss-crossing lines were too confusing to figure out over the single, well-marked cobblestone path to follow to the hostel's front door.

The hostel is busy, but I'm able to find a bunk in a 4 bed dorm with a family of three from France.  The husband and son say very little other than civil pleasantries.  The wife is quite the dictator, friendly but very matter-of-fact about where I should put my bag and making sure I am aware of which bed belongs to whom.  I only have to put up with her for a few moments now and while I'm asleep tonight.

Picnic basket by Jonsu Sampson

The scenery I was mentioning earlier is worth a much longer second look.  A nearby grocery store has all the ingredients for a lovely park picnic, including wine at $1.40 a bottle, some chocolate and fixings for a sandwich.  There are musicians scattered about the park jamming cohesively with other musicians within earshot, and a group of people engaged in a role-playing game of chess.  Each person represents a chess piece called to move by another person perched on a tower chair.   It appears to be a very intense game. 

Human Chess game in progress.
Photo courtesy

It's warm and sunny and I am in Germany.

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"Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. "
~Eddie Cantor

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