journey

Teatro Ruderi

It feels as old as it looks when your voice echoes through the mountainside and the inside of the walls of the amphitheater near the church ruins.  Walking through it, my guide described events held here during the summer; music, plays and festivals.  I appreciate the theater because of its simplicity, natural acoustics in this panoramic  backdrop of mountains, valleys and Tyrrhenian blue sea. From there it was an easy walk to the first church.  It is still under reconstruction,…

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Cheb

September was when I first ventured out into the Czech countryside alone, visiting mountains and small towns. Sitting on the train to Cheb, the 8:15 I caught after closing up my new apartment near Namesti Miru, I started to relax a little for the first time in several weeks of running non-stop. I sit here listening to the screech of wheels on the traintracks, feeling the chill September wind sweeping into this train car. I had raced for the train,…

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Malá Strana, Prague

The suspension of disbelief that comes from living among cobblestone roads, castles, thousand year old bridges and buildings, and people from every corner of the earth is thick with tangible speculation. Who is that woman walking down the street?  Is she the daughter of the ambassador toSweden, a Polish princess, or an American tourist? Perhaps a movie star or some dot com entrepreneur hiding behind oversized opaque black sunglasses.  The man walking next to her could as easily be her…

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Prague hlavni-nadrazi

Train station Praha.  If London was a little like falling down the rabbit hole, and Paris was my looking glass, then this would be my first conversation with the Cheshire cat. Stepping off the train onto the outside platform was all hustle and bustle inside the red garish fixtures under fluorescent lighting reflected even the echoes of unfamiliarity in the language over the intercom. This video starts there… No matter how prepared I could have been, nothing could have prepared…

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The shoe trick

Strolling through the streets all day, I realized I hadn’t done enough research or planning. I had a lot of stories from books and movies in my head but being here now, couldn’t find a lot of those points of interest. I was relying on pre-existing knowledge from college through grammar school to guide me, but practical plans like addresses were not there. The last thing I wanted to do with any of my precious 48 hours in the city…

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UK arrival staying in Soho

Getting to Soho by cab from Heathrow airport I took in the scenery like swimming backwards through a dream.  By the time I got to Heathrow, I was well into my 27th hour of travel since leaving Cleveland airport.  I was hungry, tired and seriously in need of a shower and just beginning to regret the full weight of my two heavily overstuffed bags.  Never having had much experience with public transportation, I rushed out toward the black cabs, not…

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