So, you should give up hope that Julian will update this. Every time I prod him to compose his update, he grumbles and grouches and generally turns into a grumpy soul. I will probably compose a long update tonight though, so please, dearest attentive readers, look forward to it. Until then, I give you my analysis of my time in Europe…
Experiencing the daily lives of Germans and Austrians, viewing ancient buildings and old art in Spain and Portugal, and gorging on vegan treats at every opportunity have been great but the similiartities of consumer cultures, excessive meat-and-cheese eating, and the shortness of our stay everywhere has made Europe feel like a blurry parallel of the US. My favorite times were definitely our stays with Fred at the farm, Bishawjit in Germany, and Berny in Austria. Traveling like a tourist in Spain and Portugal has felt luxurious at best, and superficial at worst. And, I hate for this to be my final statement of the subject, but as someone who has mild asthma, I have had an awful time dealing with smokers everywhere.
*this develops into a whine here, so feel free to stop reading now* I now have this horrible consistent cough in the back of my throat and I’m convinced it’s from breathing in smoke just from walking down the street. The smog is also tangible and burns your eyes.
(on another, sweeter, note, Julian is fiddling with my camera and taking self-photos. He just said “How come I can take a good photo of myself and no one else can?” Adorable. Maybe we can figure out how to upload them this century…)
anyways, the rant is finished. I wish I could stay in better touch with you all, but it’s not that realistic right now. I’ve put most photos on facebook though, so most of you should be able to see them.
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