August 1, 1999 Living La Vida Roma
The titles for my e-mail are getting worser and
worser (as my dad would say - Hi Dad!). But it's funny because there are
some things you can not escape from even when you travel overseas... like Ricky
Martin. I even heard this faster dance version or Vida Loca or something,
I don't know if they have that in the states yet.
So anyhow, Hello, or as they say here in Greece,
"Hello." Yeah... they say hello, it's mostly Americans at
the Pink Palace where Nadine and I are staying, and the staff is mostly American
Well, first of all, I wanted to clarify some
things from my last e-mail. I didn't really get to polish that one as much
as I wanted because my hour was almost up and I either had to send the message
then or pay more Lire! So I just sent it, but some of you were confused
(sorry). So... I absolutely loved Prague. It is a very cool
city, just filled with tourists, that's all. Vienna was OK too, it was
only the 2nd day that we were wandering around, the 1st and 3rd days were quite
good (I even ate a Wienerschniztel - it's fried pork, it has nothing to do with
So anyhow, hopefully this e-mail will be more
clear, I even wrote down a couple things I wanted to say and planned a bit for
your maximum entertainment! I'm so nice!
OK. As planned, after one more day in
Venice, Dine and I took a night train to Munich and stayed with her
uncle. Her uncle was really cool and even looked like my uncle, Bill
- Hi Bill! He bought us groceries and drove us through the foothills of
the Alps to get to Neuschwanstein Castle. This is the castle that Walt
Disney based the Disneyland Castle on. It's quite impressive. The
tour was actually interesting too (sometimes castle tours are boring). The
funniest part was the throne room. There was this Jesus painted on
the ceiling, but he looked just like Richard Dreyfuss! I couldn't stop
laughing. I dunno, try and picture Richard Dreyfuss with a full beard and
flowing robes with his arms outstreched surrounded by the 12 apostles.
So anyhow, Munich was really cool. There's
still some things I want to see there, so I might go back for a day or so if
it's convenient. There were even people there dressed in traditional German
clothes, you know... the shorts and suspenders and little hat and stuff.
Apparently not many people really dress like that so I guess the people dressed
like that are tourists.
So after Munich we went to Rome... and crap the
clock is ticking again, I gotta write fast! Rome was pretty cool.
There was lots of famous things to see there and I'm actually interested in the
Roman Empire and ancient Rome so it was cool to see all the ruins and
things. The only thing that sucks about Rome is the traffic... I've never
seen so many scooters in my life and they zoom right past you. Crossing
the street is taking your life in your own hands. Also what sucked
about Rome is that there's going to be a big celebration things for the year
2000, so everything was under scafolding for restoration.
And now we're in Greece on the island of
Corfu. But I'm going to just write one e-mail for all of Greece, so that
should come in about a week and a half when we leave. So far, so good
OK, time's out, but I think this one was better
than the last one. I hope you're all having good summers. Gotta go!