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Trip Start Feb 18, 2004
Trip End Dec 05, 2005

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Saturday, July 17, 2004

The Europeans said that last summer was a summer of the century (record heatwave), but it appears this summer is going to be another (record lack of heat). It's far more like spring here than summer - mostly cloudy with rain. I can't recall the last time I had more than a couple days of sun...maybe in Naples. Even when you do get a sunny day, there are always clouds closing in threatening rain (or they do come in and rain). I'm ready for my sunshine and warmth!!! (though I can't complain today 'cuz it was nice in Salzburg)

OK, so after Budapest I made a stop in Bratislava, Slovakia, for the afternoon. It was kind of neat - castle, nice theatre and a couple churches. I didn't think it was too special though. It appears my cheap-o digital camera has decided to erase all my pictures prior to Salzburg. *$%*!!! Argh! Speaking of digital cameras, my Pentax supposedly got returned to the warranty place in Dublin undelivered and they're going to attempt to send it to Marcela again (in Dublin). Based on my experience with them thus far, I think they never actually sent it the first time.

I was back in Vienna for a night after Bratislava. Just being there a night didn't give me time to do much. I just went to by the Rathaus and watched an orchestra concert on their cine-screen.

Next was Salzburg. I did "The Sound of Music" tour the afternoon I arrived, not that I have much familiarity with the movie. Just seems like the thing to do when you're here. We went and saw various things from the movie (see photo album). It was ok, I guess. Did get to go out by some pretty lakes. That evening I went to an Irish Pub and saw an interesting sight. They had a guy playing live music and he took a break so just the stereo was going. An older guy, balding head, mustache, bit of a belly, wanders in and starts dancing next to the little stage. He's turning, using the rail, clapping, dancing around the floor and all over for about 15min until the musician comes back to play. At that point, he taps a younger guy (could be his son) on the shoulder who's standing nearby and they walk out. It was a very odd spectacle, but humorous. (I got a movie clip of him.)
The next day I took the train out to see Zell am See where Easy Company finished their tour during WWII. When I arrived, I was a bit taken aback 'cuz I was expecting a little village or next to was a total tourist town (though if the weather is nice, I could see why people would want to come to be by the lake). I went looking around for the hotel and scenes from "Band of Brothers", but they must not have really filmed it there 'cuz I didn't see anything looking right.
The weather improved today and there was sunshine! I got the pleasure of doing laundry in the morning then took a tour to the ice caves. Took a while to get there. You go way up a mountain and carry little lanterns inside for light. Since it's an ice cave, you can guess that it was cold. There were some cool formations. They don't let you take any pictures, but I took some of postcards of the caves (but the pics didn't turn out so good). Back in town, I listened to the Swiss Army Band play in Mirabell Gardens - there was an old, possibly drunk, guy acting as if he was conducting the band off a ways under a statue. Another funny sight. (I got a video of that too...hopefully the camera won't delete it.)

Tomorrow I'm off to Prague to meet up with John and see what kind of trouble we can get into. I have a loooong train ride so can pull out my phrasebook and try to learn how to say a few things (e.g., "my friend needs another drink"). Hope everyone going on the pubcrawl has a good time. Happy birthday to Jen V., Wendy, Michelle D., Andy, Jacci and all the other cancerians.

"Everywhere you go you always take the weather with you" - Crowded House
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