Monday, August 30, 1999

Howdy from Dallas. I've been back in Texas for almost two weeks now. Life is crap ... or at least it's easy for me to believe such a thing: I'm unemployed and horribly busy updating my resume and letters; I miss my friends in Japan and Europe; and the Texas summer has become unbearable to me (I'm already planning to shave my head just to cool off some).

Friday, August 13, 1999

This entry is most likely my last from Europe. The past few days have been really great. School ended. I had a good enough view of the solar eclipse. I went to a really great techno party with my Ukrainian pals. I'm really looking forward to my 24 hours in Amsterdam, starting Tuesday morning. And I can't wait to visit my friends this weekend in Piaseczno (south of Warsaw). Unfortunately I'm absolutely exhausted from lack of sleep. I've been getting to bed around 1:00 for the past two nights and having to wake at 7:30. That's certainly not enough sleep for someone my age! If I'm not careful, I'm going to start looking like other people my age.

Saturday, August 7, 1999

My last week in Lublin begins. Today I've been doing touristy things such as taking lots of photos and exploring dark passageways in walls of the Old Town and walking through the most incredible Byzantine chapel at the castle. I still need to run to the train station and take some shots. And then I'm meeting some friends from the language program for pizza at Pizza Venezia, the best pizzeria in Lublin. Tomorrow I'm off to Majdanek, the second largest Nazi concentration camp (after the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex), on the outskirts of town. I'm really looking forward to leaving language school next Saturday. My experience with my classes has been very disappointing. I'm not satisfied with either my grammar or my conversation courses. Everything else about this summer has been incredibly good, except the fact that I'm almost out of money. Saturday I'll go to Warsaw for a few days and then take a night train or bus (depending on which is cheaper) to Amsterdam. I fly from Amsterdam to Dallas on the 18th.

Immediately upon arrival I have to find employment and finishing writing an article for publication. I can't wait to see my kitties and Stephen in our apartment in Dallas. I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR, HOWEVER, THAT THIS WILL BE MY ABSOLUTE LAST SUMMER IN TEXAS. Of course, next summer I'll probably spend in some place hotter and more humid.

Wednesday, August 4, 1999

I've finally made the decision to return to Texas within the next two weeks. I am looking forward to being *home with the kids for a while, listening to my fabulous music collection, playing the piano for hours a day, lifting weights again, eating good food, and oh! looking for a job so I can maintain my porn habit. I'm not looking forward to the August heat, especially since the summer here in Poland has been so mild.

My weekend in Warsaw was really great. I met my friend at the Marriott, we checked into the hotel Dom Literatura (across from the castle in Old Town), toured the castle, walked to Lazienki Park (about an hour south), went through a contemporary art museum near there, drank duzo piw (a lot of beer), walked/stumbled back, cleaned up and rested, went to a jazz concert in the Old Town Square, ate a really nice meal, listened to street musicians, then went back to the hotel to sleep around 10:30. Sunday wasn't as exciting or interesting, but we did have a nice visit over a few Polish beers. He got on a train to Moscow at 14:00 and I left to return to Lublin about thirty minutes later.