A friend of mine e-mailed me the other day and mentioned how long winded my blog updates are. I laughed because I know it is true – even though I’m sure Eddie and my mom wish that I gave more details in each update. I thought, I’d insert a little apology for my long-windedness here. I’ll try to keep this one a little shorter. I am guessing that I have probably lost much of my readership due to the extended length of my updates. :-\ What can I say? I’ve always liked to share extra details and talk and talk and talk and talk – just ask my mom.
I’m on the train to Budapest where I will be couch surfing for a few nights and will then move to a hostel. I’ve just left Brno in the Czech Republic where I couch surfed with a fun girl for two nights. My first night in town I stayed at a hostel and I was very glad to leave the hostel and couch surf. It wasn’t a terrible place, but it was not my most favorite hostel to stay at. In the midst of it all I was fighting a cold, which I’m almost over now, so that presented an extra challenge, to say the least.
Today is a marking point for a few things – it’s the end of the 6th week that I’ve been in Europe, which leaves 11 more to go. It’s also been four months since Eddie and I had our first in-person date, so that’s kind of fun. I have had a lot of alone time during these last six weeks and have realized how thankful I am for Al Gore and his little invention of the internet. Without it would not be keeping my sanity on this trip and I also would not have met Eddie. I am quite glad to be living in the 21st century.
There isn’t a whole lot to report – I think that’s why it’s been difficult for me to find something to write about each day. I think things are beginning to blur together a bit, so I am trying to slow down my pace. I am sure that some of the couch surfing hosts and hostel employees think I am just wasting my time in each city and not taking full advantage of everything there is to see. I however, am realizing that I cannot keep going at the pace I have been or I will burn myself out preemptively. I have seen more churches and climbed more towers than I think most people do in a lifetime. It’s a lot to take in over a short period of time. I am thankful for the opportunity to have this experience though and see these things that many people don’t get to. I’m just pretty sure that every story I tell is going to be about some church in some place that I went to because I wont remember all the details.
So, one story that I do remember is from yesterday when I was at the Peter and Paul church in Brno. I was sitting in the pews admiring the magnificence of the altar when there was a loud crashing noise behind me that enveloped the entire room. I turned around and someone had knocked over the big wooden collection stand. Fortunately the church was not full of people (I think maybe 4 including me were in there) so it was a little funny and I’m sure very embarrassing for the woman who knocked it over. I was just glad it wasn’t me.
I’m sure there will be more things that come to mind to share in the next day or so. I will try to remember to write them down so that you can all enjoy the experience along with me. Until next time friends …