What a crazy day! I don't remember any other election being quite so chaotic...blue and red people walking into your car on the street and the lines at the poles out the door. I guess the latest stats show that there are over 1 million new registered voters in Ohio. This could account for the insanity. However, it's really cool to see this many people voting. Let's just hope we don't have to wait a few months to find out who won.
I'm about one hour from jumping in my car and heading to NYC where Katie and I will catch our flight to Prague. That's right, folks, I am regaining my world-traveler status! It's been far too long. Two weeks of fun-filled European travels!
Kate and I took a sleeper train last night across the Dreaded Passage Way. This is the route from Prague to Krakow Poland. We made it across alive with no instances of the russian mafia gassing us in our sleep and stealing all of our stuff. In fact, we were the only people on the entire train car which made for an extremely creepy experience. Between the old train car and the abrupt awakenings by Polish accented guards demanding our passports, I felt as though I had stepped into some strange WWII movie.
Krakow has proven to be worth the journey, however. The city is beautiful and full fascinating history.
Tomorrow we visit Aushwitz. I am more than a little apprehensive as it's so close to my moms birthday. For some reason traveling has really made me miss her more than I have been able to up to this point.
Well, I must be off. We have an early morning tomorrow and there are many little travelers waiting for me to be finished with the computer.
-Traveling is not just seeing the new, it is also leaving behind. --Not just opening doors, but also closing them behind you, never to return. -JÃƒÆ’¤n Myrdal
Here we are...in Prague...I miss traveling...and I've only been back a few weeks. Sad.
I had the strangest conversation today. I was in a meeting with a bunch of adult literacy educators when one of the guys asked me about my trip to eastern europe. I was listing off the places we went, but strangely enough, when I got to Auschwitz one of the teachers did that half laugh/half scoff thing. The original questioner asked how it was (a question, by the way, I should really try to put together some sort of respectable answer to, rather than my standard blank stare that I have been frequently employing lately) and I hesitated for a few seconds. While I was hesitating, scoffer lady (whom, I would like to remind you, is in the business of education) launched in to how the holocaust didn't really happen...it was evidently fabricated by the media. I was completely shocked. I have heard about these people before, but I thought they were like toothfaries(only wicked, of course)...you never actually get to see them.
Evidently she has Scientology to thank for that brilliant piece of information. Why the Scientologists would need the holocaust to be fake remains a mystery to me. This job never lets me down in the 'Meeting Interesting People' category.
I was reading a journal entry of a friend of a friend and saw this little quote. I really liked it so I thought I would share it:
"Cicero wasn't lying--Where there is life, there is hope...But Christ said it more--Where there is life it can be abundant."