We're 22 weeks in! The numbers are going to get interesting, but, hey, at least I'm not in France!
Fortunately, I have come down a bit from the last week's entry. Which is good -we're not even to the halfway point yet! Also, my friend, who will be going through Germany next week!, referred to this as one of the great adventures of my life. Which is true! A year in Europe, living here and all the traveling, is an incredible opportunity. I need to stop being an ass about it. For example, last weekend was a four-day weekend. I spent a day in Salzburg, took a day trip to Eagle's Nest, and had two and a half great days in Vienna. I'm working on a separate post on it but here are some travel thoughts in general.
- One of the games I like to play while I'm traveling is: American? Based just on someone's overall appearance, can I guess if they're American or not. Then, I wait to hear their accent. I don't know why I play this game; I'm terrible at it. I can usually guess if an American is an American, but I have a hard time determining if a European is a European or an American. Also, my accent game isn't that good so I've probably inappropriately labeled some Canadians as American.
- Another game - what is the deal with groups of travelers? For example, I sat on the train with a group of four Americans. Two women were middle-aged, the man was late teens, early twenties, and a third woman was in her twenties. I eavesdropped on them (they were really loud - some American stereotypes are true) and couldn't figure out their relationships. I think the three women maybe worked together? The man was the son of one of the women. Again, I'm terrible at the game and very rarely learn the answer.
- Politics. The Austrians had an election right before my visit. They managed to stave off their crazy far-right candidate. Can we do the same with Trump in November? We'll see! I get so many comments about the American election. Any time I mention my nationality (which, in a touristy city, is often; museums like to know where their guests are coming from, hotels need to know, etc.) or someone is particularly chatty and catches my accent, they ask me about the election. America is very much on a national stage right now and the entire world cares who our next president will be. Everyone I spoke with while I was in Austria knew all about Trump and Clinton. Please don't embarrass me, America, this November... Or, you know, the entire country.