With apologies for my blog absence for most of this past week, I have been working on my top secret project day and night; up until 3am two nights back.
I have mentioned in passing, I think, that I am attending World Youth Day in Cologne, through a fortunate series of coincidences, which happened to make it a more or less business related trip. Without going into details, I will be in Cologne for the entire week leading up to World Youth Day, with a travelling companion to whom I will refer as Fr. EJB. My top secret project made it entirely impossible not only to blog, but also to put any planning at all into this trip, with the result that I head into it entirely unprepared, in every way.
As it happens, I am currently blogging from a hotel in Vienna, en route to Cologne. Our flight to Cologne was delayed, so we were put up in the Vienna Imperial Hotel
in downtown. Not that I am complaining. I was told by the taxi driver that Hitler stayed here on a regular basis.
Did anyone know that European keyboards, or at least Austrian keyboards, are different than American ones? Most of the basic letters are where they should be, except that the Y and the Z are switched, and most of the ancillary keys are all mixed up (e.g., colon and semicolon, parentheses, even the shift key). Driving me battz. I mean batty.
So Fr. EJB and I leave for Cologne tomorrow afternoon, which gives us a few hours in the morning to explore the city. The prize will be Saint Stephen's Cathedral
, or 'Stephendom', which I hear is one of the most beautiful in Europe.
I'll be blogging daily from Cologne, if not twice daily; hopefully this can substitute for a journal of sorts. I have a camera, but unfortunately my capabilities for downloading images are at home, so the pics will have to wait until next week.
Bon voyage until tomorrow...