Yes, I’ve been a bit out of touch here as of late. I have been traveling with a wonderful group of 16 students and another teacher in Germany and Austria for the past three weeks. Man-oh-man I never do so much walking as I do on these trips. Stairs, many stairs….
The other teacher, my dear friend Rick, was VERY faithful to keep a blog the whole time. Here it is if you want to see all the lovely places we visited: http://gaja2012.wordpress.com/
My main note:
• People take A LOT of pictures now a days… I really don’t think digital cameras have aided ones viewing abilities. If anything, I think they really detract from the experience. We have developed such a visual surfing culture that individuals don’t know how to edit. I have I watched tourists simply click away on their camera at a pretty site or in a museum, and never once stop and really look at anything with any time and consideration. Taking a picture does not have an intrinsic cost, and I think if it did, individuals would be more thoughtful with their gluttonous camera use. Their is almost a consumer mentality as toursits voraciously click away. If anyone ever invents a device that jams digital cameras, I’d be interested. Stop and look people, draw, contemplate, really take in what you are seeing.
• It’s O.K. to stare at folks in Germany and Austria, they do it more often than we do here. That was a little disconcerting at first.
• Bread, cheese, franks and schnitzel. Get use to them, you’re going to see a lot of them.
• We Americans are LOUD people.