Back home. And boy, is it crappy outside!
That said, it feels great to be back, sitting in Brooklyn. My DVR is full of stuff to watch. I can function again without having to point. I know what the coffee will taste like. I've got tons of emails I can finally write. I know the tap water is fine. I know exactly where I'll be sleeping for the next several weeks. I've got the public transport system down pat.
The beer is $5 again, though.
And I know throughout the next few weeks, the little differences between here and there will bother me again. Why don't the trains run on time? Why don't we have beautiful pubs in cellars? Why is our money so monotone? Why can't I get garlic beer snacks? Why doesn't someone come to my room everyday and give me clean towels and make my bed? Why aren't I hearing "Don't Cha?" every 5 minutes?
(OK, that last one may not be a problem....)
It was definitely eye opening. Here is what I've learned:
• Poland: Who needs it?
• Czech university towns: God's gift to mankind.
• Albert Maysles is very smart man.
• I look like a famous Finnish F-1 racecar driver.
• Warsaw baggage handlers: you are not my friends.
• "I don't go to those bars anymore...too many middle school kids."
• Tallinn = Cold, Vana Tallin = Warm
• UNESCO gives away World Heritage status the way I give parentheticals.
• If your culture can make a good beer and a good mojito, you can do anything.
• Marko Ramius looked nothing like anyone I saw in Vilnius.
• Communism - 98% Bad Architecture!
• I regret having not seen the film.
• I like traveling alone only about 23% of the time.
So next time, each and every one of you are coming along for the ride. Seriously.
That's all folks. Thanks for reading, and thanks for all your comments and emails on the road. They really made my day every time I heard from you.
'Til next time,