Back home (2)

July 21, 2009 at 9:43 am Leave a comment

After a good night’s sleep, I woke up to pouring rain, thunder and lightning. I went to breakfast, and afterwards decided to stay in my hotel room and practice for an upcoming gig. But I concentrated on wanting the sun to come out at noon.

Sure enough, just around noon, the clouds dispersed and bits of sun were coming through. I went outside, took the subway into town, and walked around for a while — until it was time to pick up my friend from the train station.

We walked a bit, then decided to have a good meal before the concert. There is a good restaurant on the main plaza, though the waiters are not always friendly, and they have two menus — because the prices outdoors are higher than indoors. But the food is good, and it’s a nice place to sit. Later I thought to myself: The tourists probably aren’t always friendly either. I don’t envy the waiters their jobs!

Soon it was time to head to the venue. We got there by 7 pm. Since this was to be my only Patti Smith concert this year, I wanted to be close to the front — second row slightly to the right was perfect. At the head of the line I saw and greeted the usual group of fans, who I’ve come to know over the years — whether New York City or European City, most of them are there.

It was a great concert. Pure rock and roll and poetry. It filled my heart and senses. They played a good set, though I think they were a bit tired — the heat, and it’s been quite the tour! The previous night they played another city. Still, it was wonderful. I watched, listened, sang, danced, clapped along … thoroughly enjoyed it.

Afterwards we went out for a drink. That was new. Usually we rush out to the car for the 2 to 4 hour drive home. It was a nice change of pace to sit and enjoy the warm summer evening, talk, and let the concert excitement fade more gradually than it does on the highway.

Before I left for this trip, I picked a goddess card: Pele: heavenly passion. It said: “Go on a wonderful trip.” I smiled at that, and then forgot about it until just a few days ago. It turned out to be just that — a wonderful journey. I had my novels from Hermann Hesse along (Demian, Siddharta & Steppenwolf), and read them in that order. It seemed that not only the choice of book, but even the particular page seemed to be coordinated with the thoughts of the moment.

It became a journey of insight, understanding and clarity. A few major things became clear, and I found myself feeling ever lighter in my heart. Demian and Siddharta are very much about going one’s path, doing what one “has” to do, and how everything fits into the big picture. That’s just what I needed!

We all went back to our respective hotels shortly before midnight, and early the next morning I took the subway to the train station, to embark on the next part of the trip. This train ride “only” took 7 1/2 hours — from Prag to Salzburg — and I only had to change trains twice.

In Salzburg my girlfriend picked me up from the station. We sat around in her garden, enjoying another warm day, then in the evening walked to a near by Italian restaurant. It was beautiful: located next to a large pond, where all kinds of birds were hanging out, and in the background was a huge castle on the hill, and the mountains, of course. I had an interesting salmon & garlic lasagna with a salad. It was good.

Afterwards we took the long way back. My friend showed me around her neighborhood, told a few interesting stories, and of course we shared our experiences of what has happened since the last time we met. I think that was about a year ago, when I went to a Bob Dylan concert in Salzburg. I really appreciate having such a friend.

The next morning I was back on the train — to Vienna. That was a mere three hours, but I enjoyed another chance to read, write, think, and look out the window.

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