Washington, DC 08/02/2001
Aachen, Germany 08/03-08/05/2001
Berlin, Germany 08/07-08/09/2001
Baar Zug, Zurich 08/10-08/11/2001
Zurich, Switzerland 08/12/2001
Thoughts on Switzerland:
Little Hamlet Villages
Canals Filled with Boats
Snow Capped Mountains (Even In the Summer)
Bavarian Alpine Costumes
Annoying Techno Music
Strikingly Beautiful People
Swiss Bank Accounts
Really Bad TV
Venice, Italy 08/13-08/15/2001
During my stay, I discovered Italian natives to be very humble people who had a tremendous sense of style. I didn't find their looks as appealing as others might describe. I really dug their accents, though. And I liked their comedies, which I saw in my hotel room. I also noticed Italians got pissed off if I spoke to them in Spanish. I was glad that English was spoken in all 50 states. I felt like a deaf mute relying on so many non-verbals.
The train ride from Milan to Nice was breathtaking, particularly the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean with people sunbathing on huge black rocks. There were clusters of beach umbrellas that reminded me of the umbrellas you'd find in a tropical cocktail in Mexico. The water was a deep azur hue and very serene. I finally saw San Remo; and Monacco was majestic: all of the pretty houses and apartments on cliffs and hills overlooking the ocean. When I arrived in Nice, I felt like it had a strong North African identity, yet was still distinctly French. I met an Italian/Morrocan guy named Camel (like the cigarettes) who helped carry my bags and offered to take me out for a drink the following night.
Nice, France 08/16/2001
Barcelona, Spain 08/17-08/20/2001
Afterward, we walked hand-in-hand to a side street where a live band played horrible Spanish pop music. We danced and danced. He kissed me: and I felt pure magic. I cried in the hotel room. I felt myself falling inlove with Joan and Barcelona, but I had to leave. My last activity before leaving Barcelona was going up in a hot air balloon since I got lost on my way to the Picasso Museum; by the time I got there, it was closed anyway.
Paris, France 08/21/2001
Amsterdam, Holland 08/22-08/23/2001
The following day, I was going home--home sweet home; home: where my heart laid.