Over There (in the UK)

September 9, 2001 at 5 AM


It occurred to me yesterday that I hadn’t updated my blog in ages. In fact, I pretty much altogether forgot about it for the last 10 days or so. But I think my excuse is reasonable.

At the moment I’m sitting in an Internet café in Prague. A week ago I left Montreal to undergo a month-long tropical-storm-speed tour of Europe. My friend Ian joined me in Amsterdam, from which we departed for Germany. En route to Berlin, we stopped somewhat randomly in Dortmund, which is apparently a “new” German city. The oldest thing there was probably the guys driving who drive the trams. We arrived there very late and discovered that finding a place to stay in Dortmund was somewhat unlike Amsterdam (where hostel agents circle like mosquitos on a hot Manitoba day). After wandering around the completely deserted city centre, we found a pamphlet that listed a pension within walking distance. With a bit of pidgin Deutsch, some deductive logic, and much primitive sign language, we managed to communicate to the manager (once we found him) that we needed a room. It’s amazing how far you can get with someone even without speaking more than a couple phrases in common.

After Dortmund we moved on to Berlin, a strange, huge, fascinating place, replete with both stupifying Soviet modernism and West Berlin chic. Leaving Berlin I felt like I missed much; leaving Prague soon, I have the feeling even more. There’s something in the air in Prague — besides the questionable smell of heavy tourism. Bridges, castles and gardens stretch back 1000 years. I would write more, but I’m a bit speechless to be honest. I only wish I could’ve come here before everyone else.

In any case, I think my travels will continue to keep me occupied, entertained and even weary. I’ll try and write a bit more as I go, but there ain’t no Internet access on Czech trains.

Dobrý den.



Previously: Inaction

Subsequently: Utterly unbelievable

September 2001
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In Earshot

I only really read it for Canucks coverage, but even still it’s nice that The Vancouver Sun finally redesigned its hideously awful website to look like it was designed this century.

On pizza box art

Web 2.Origami

Welcome to Obama, Japan

The Toronto Star shows where and how the seats changed in the 2008 election

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