Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Life is tough and getting tougher. I had my boss come down on me twice the past few months for missing a very mnor matrix. It's not enough getting your sales numbers up, they have all kinds of matrix they measure and could get you in hot soup for missing the mark on it. We have people quit because they could stand the pressure. One needs to be really thick skinned, thin skin people will not survive the new work environment.
What's this got to do with traveling? It's all tied in. I can take the pressure at work because I need the money to travel. Sometimes when I feel like throwing in the towel, I ask myself, 'what about Greece?' And I stop myself and go back to work.
Anyway, back to Augsburg, it's pretty enough. But the French villages are prettier and are more charming. We needed to get back to Amsterdam and going through the Romantic Road seems like a fun thing to do. The next stop is Rothenburg de Tauber and that is really pretty.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
It was time for a shower because the last time we had one was in Goreme, Turkey. We flew to Istanbul, then to Venice, slept on the train from Venice to Munich, took the train to Fussen, did all that stuff (visit Wieskirche and Neuschwanstein) and now a night at a hostel in Fussen. Wow......
Friday, January 28, 2011
In most places we visited, the educated young would tell us that they would love to move to America, not that the USA is so great but it's the only place in this world where anybody from anywhere could make it big if they work very hard. It is the price we put on freedom, the freedom of thought, the freedom of prosperity, where money is not a dirty word, where making money is not a crooked scheme. The beautiful thing is, they, wherever they're from would fit right in. The whole world is represented here, we have Little Saigon, Little Tokyo, Korea town, Chinatown, it doesn't matter if you're Jewish, Greek, Armenian, Mexican, South American, Asian, European.....We can sell hamburgers and make it big, MacDonald's, we can sell a cup of jo and make it big, Starbucks, we can sell a can of soda and make it big, Coca Cola. We have 25 year old billionaire, Zuckerberg of Face book.
We do not have such orderly neighborhoods, such manicured fields, such cute little cottages. Ours is a mish mash of everything. Los Angeles, more than any other place in the USA is the most mish mash, it is where the world lives.