Monthly Archives: August 2013

Marathon Bus Trips

  I’m on my fourth and worst all-night bus trip to get from Heidelberg, Germany to Mataró, Cataluña. I come awake briefly, groggy. It’s maybe three am. Neck torqued and cramping, eyes so sandy it hurts to peel them open. … Continue reading

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Breakfast in Heidelberg

I’m not a big fan of going out to eat. Seems to have gotten much more expensive without a commensurate improvement in the quality of the food. In Canada, drinking alcohol with your meal can double your bill. Too often, … Continue reading

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Hamburg: Bike Touring

Biking is just the best way to see places. If you go somewhere that turns out a bust, no problem. Just keep cruising. If it’s too hot to walk far, you make a little breeze. Hamburg is great for bikers: … Continue reading

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Why Elephants Have Long Noses

Boys and girls, this story was written by Rudyard Kipling. He was an English writer who was born in India, and he wrote stories about the animals there. You may know some of his stories as The Jungle Book, all … Continue reading

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Northanger Abbey

Guten Tag! I hear that Micky and Marina are both in Germany: Marina to busk and get her jazz CD out, Micky to see the country and take some pictures. I told Micky I’d pop over for a while if … Continue reading

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How Do You Spell Understanding?

Jealousy is a common theme for young people to deal with. But is it possible to be jealous for the wrong reasons? Or of the wrong person?  HOW DO YOU SPELL UNDERSTANDING? “Simulate!” Ms. Molnar repeated the word. Heads bent … Continue reading

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The blasé traveler

I always wanted to travel and imagined I’d be so cool and sophisticated. Blasé of course is a pose and doesn’t have much fun, but surely somewhere between there and trying to buy a ticket to Germany in the Oyster … Continue reading

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