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25 July 2005

of some horrible spirit

i slept in late. sarah was arriving tomorrow and i was trying to build my travel spirit. spent time reading and hanging with chris. we eventually made it out of the hostel in mid-afternoon, out for another new city walk, this time passing through the old town square and by the astronomical clock. the skeleton ringing the bell and the parading disciples. we ran into james, an australian chris had met the day before. chris and james had eaten dinner at a restaurant which chris had praised several times during the day for its low cost high quality food and exceptionally beautiful waitstaff; he wanted to return again this evening. back to the hostel to see if another chris accomplice, shawn, was around: no; chris, james, and i were off to the restaurant. as chance would have it, we ran into shawn on the way; the four of us continued on and arrived shortly thereafter. after dinner, i found chris' earlier exhultations to be somewhat unfounded. my food wasn't amazing and the final bill was approximately 10 usd a person. still a good deal; just not quite what i expected based on what chris had said. oh, and the waitresses were all horribly grotesque. :)

we returned to the hostel to find level 10 well underway with a gigantic bottle of some horrible spirit. over the next hour in the intangible layer involving mesh just beneath formality, plans changed and i ended up going out with chris, james [camo shorts], shawn, and another australian we'd met at the hostel, cameron, for a level 10 night without level 10. shawn negotiated a rate with a taxi driver who proceeded to drive us in a wide circle to a club which probably was about a ten minute walk away. at the door, the large bald bouncer asked me if i had any bombs to check. no, sir, no bombs to check. at the end of the night, we walked back to the hostel; shawn stopped at a street vendor stand to buy a chicken sandwich which was most likely prepared ten hours earlier. finally to sleep.

posted by paul on Mon 25 Jul 2005 at 00:00:00 est (-05:00)


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