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06 August 2005

silent morning shattered

the overnight train ride was fairly uneventful... no gassings, no muggings, no questionable behavior. too bad. i was on high alert most of the night with occasionally bouts of lost conciousness low alert. sarah was in low alert for most of the night. lying lengthwise on the seat, she deterred new passengers from taking our compartment space. through hungary, slovakia, back into the czech republic; in and out of conciousness, passports and stamps. we pulled into the prague central station a little after 0600... right on time. i'd stopped paying attention to the stops and time; somehow the engineers had been able to get the train back on schedule after our late departure the night before.

the train station in prague was less shady. a vending machine ate my coins. cough them up. a 22kc coke out of reach right behind the plexiglass. i asked for a coke at a small store in the station; he brought it over to the counter and said the price in czech. me: 'i'm sorry?'; him: '45'. wrong. i swear that it was less in czech. 'no thanks.'

sarah had reserved a room in a very nice hotel for our last night together. metro to malostronska and then a long[er than expected] walk up the hill towards the castle and our hotel. a silent morning shattered by the sound of plastic wheels on the stone sidewalks. we were able to check in at 0700; slept for three hours. beautiful view.

out for our last full day together. a lazy afternoon and a lovely dinner together.

posted by paul on Sat 06 Aug 2005 at 00:00:00 est (-05:00)


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