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as soon as we started to move
I am currently sitting at Vienna central station watching croissants getting wrapped up for hungry Easter Sunday travelers. Why am i not among them? Because the ticket agent convinced me to take the 14:30 instead of the 12:30. It didn't take a lot of convincing. In exchange for 2 hours of waiting i saved 60€ on the ticket price. Sure, i'll roll into Ljubljana in the dark, and will stumble my way blindly across town to find my guesthouse, but that's part of the experience, right?

Walking along the platform from the tram stop to the ticket agent, i finally felt like i was getting started. Prague was not really the same because i knew it was just a pitstop on the way to dad's and a city i already knew reasonably well. Now i am traveling light and headed for a city i have never been and a country i previously only passed through on the way to Croatia.

This morning i got pretty mercenary with what i took with me and - unfortunately - left a bunch of books behind. If i'm going to travel lean and mean, i'll have to leverage that Kindle. I still think i have too much with me - a 65L pack and a drawstring bag. By time i get to Piraeus i would like to be able to fit everything in the pack. Finishing two of the three books i still have with me and donating them would be a start. I am tempted to toss one of my two pairs of shoes too, since they are on their last legs.

If shoes had legs we'd never have to walk...

What should be my last hurrah in the DACH (Germany/Austria/Switzerland)? In a couple of hours i will be heading out to countries where i can barely speak the language, where i will be a complete clueless foreigner. What would you do if it were your last 2 hours?

One of the first things i ate when i came to Germany was a Schinken-Käse-Croissant - a croissant with ham and cheese baked into it. Very Not Vegan™, but it was one of my favorite snacks for a while. Great train station food. Drink a beer? I guess that's a good call, since Italy and Greece aren't exactly known for beer. Do Slovenians drink beer? Listen to some techno music? God knows it will be a culture shock to go back to countries where rock music gets played in public, but i think the whole of Europe is happily onboard with electronic music as the default music. Eat a wurst? Maybe just a pretzel.

Or perhaps, like when i left Berlin, just go and don't look back. This verse is over for me. Perhaps there will be reprise, perhaps not. No point getting sentimental when there is so much ahead. I'm finally free again.

Shannon - Let The Music Play

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OMG ... that video. I'm listening to it over and over... It brings back such memories. Way back ... in the late 70s, early 80s Ray and I used to go up to what was at that time a disco club -- Club 500 on Long Island -- to drink and dance. Amazing times -- dressed in heels and skinny jeans (when I was thin enough to wear them). We'd be there til 4 or 5 am ... then stop at a diner for a hearty breakfast (to soak up the booze) then home. That place is long gone... Ultimately we stopped doing it. Once we had our son, it took us a few times of coming home at 6 a.m. after a night of that to a day of child care to learn it wasn't worth it.

Yeah -- guess I'm getting sentimental. At that time we didn't look back, but at some point you might....

Wow, thanks for sharing! The greater New York area in those times had some legendary clubs and a lot of the music i listen to today got its start on the dancefloors there (and in Chicago).

One of the wisest things a fellow clubber ever said to me was back in 1997ish i think, when i was looking back all forlorn that i missed the "golden" years of rave a decade beforehand. She said not to spend all my time looking back at what i missed, because what we had right then would be legendary in the future. And it was. And i most certainly get sentimental about that stuff now 😊

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