You may have thought you knew where I’d be when you read this morning’s blog, Munich, correct?
Well, my initial plan was to head to Munich today until I saw the prices of the available hotels near the train station. Perhaps the best reason for traveling alone is that there is no one to whom you must explain itinerary changes. And while I have continued to try and adopt a “you can’t take it with you” approach to my finances, I am a cheapskate at heart.
Today I am headed to, or may already be in, Augsburg. You may correctly assume that I know very little about Augsburg, but I’m going to find out about it over the next two days. I will also use being in a smaller town as an opportunity to force myself to practice my German. I heard a lot, perhaps too much, English being spoken in Heidelberg yesterday.
When You Realize That Your Great Idea Isn’t
After I ate breakfast yesterday morning I returned to my room to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my day. I sat on the bed, there is no comfortable chair in this room, and realized that I was being slow to motivate myself. I’m “slowtivated” I thought.
I’m old enough to know that almost no idea is new, so I Googled “slowtivate” and found that a guy in Kennesaw beat me to this word. This guy trademarked “Slowtivate” for his “relaxation” beverage, got the Twitter account and the domain “slowtivate.com” for his idea.
THE #1 Relaxation Drink! Energy drinks got you all jacked up? Cage The Bull!
so his slogan went. Apparently it wasn’t a great idea however because his last tweet was nearly six years ago and the website is no longer active.
I Keep Forgetting To Remember Not To Forget These
- You’d think being in Düsseldorf to watch cycling would’ve reminded me that I wanted to go to the sporting goods store to buy cycling saddle cream. Nope. I really liked the stuff I bought in Düsseldorf last year and have been unable to get it elsewhere — even online.
- Yesterday I bought yet another bottle of sunscreen. There has been much more sun in the past few days than I thought that I would see during this entire trip.
- I smell a rat, actually I have seen rats. As I was walking through a city park the other day I saw two rats running about.
- In theory fried onions are wonderful, until they are not. I had fried onions on my Wiener schnitzel for lunch, and tasted them all the rest of day.
ITP Flickr Pics
Here are two photos taken during the 11.5 miles of walking that I did up and down the streets of Heidelberg yesterday:
Unfortunately I think that I managed to consume enough calories to negate my walking, however.
Also, I may need a photography intervention because I am completely dissatisfied with the photos I am taking. They all seem to be soft. Am I crazy? I am using a high-enough ISO to ensure that my shutter speed is fast enough to compensate for my focal length. I am trying to lean against something stable to ensure less chance of camera shake; perhaps today I will use a tripod and remote shutter release. I’m hoping that it’s not the post-processing software doing this. This may be a case when it is the arrow and not the indian (flipping the phrase I heard often from my father’s mouth as a child).
Welcome back. Hope your Fourth was safe and pleasurable.