28 March, 2006

What is a blog if no one is reading it?

hm... i complain here, but perhaps there's a catch 22. if i had more myspace friends, i would have more people reading my blog. but i don't like the idea of having 100 myspace friends, because it all seems so... i don't know... junior high school. so i will continue to blog to no one. except you. which might just be me. who knows.

still in paris. will be here for just 2 more days and then it is back to seattle. went to the louvre yesterday and while it is definitely an impressive structure in and of itself, and there is of course much great art there, i would not say that i was more impressed with the exhibits than i have ever been with any other museum. i guess part of the thing that just doesn't do it for me is the fact that 50 percent of the paintings are of jesus on the cross, and another 25% are of mary holding the baby, with john laying around on the floor as well. it amazes me that so much art is devoted to this one thing. though someone pointed out to me that this is because the churches were funding a lot of these artists, but still - where's the integrity?!
so i spent 5 hours at the louvre, after which i was practically blind from hunger. then i walked from there (central paris) back to lisa and christine's place which is near the eiffel tower, more western part of the city. not that far, but probably a 30-40 minute walk. the weather was warm, but breezy.

today, i will visit the musee d'orsay. supposedly jesus isn't quite as prominent there. that will be refreshing. i realize i have gone a little out of order chronologically here, but deal with it. actually i guess if i can deal with it then that should be sufficient since i think i am the only one reading the blog. sigh. will i break down and start inviting myspace friends? maybe. i'm almost there
the mona lisa was only worth seeing for 3 reasons: a) so i can say that i saw her. b) so i can recognize just how underwhelming the painting actually is. and c) to watch how crazy people go trying to get close enough to look at it. that painting is more heavily guarded and secluded behind glass and guarding ropes than any other work of art in the entire louvre. they should make a movie about stealing it! because everyone knows that there haven't been enough movies about stealing very valuable pieces of art. i did not see any laser beams coming from the walls, though, so i think it would be quite easy. all you need is some small explosives to get in to the building and then a large hammer or crowbar to break the glass. the french really don't know shit about security.

so, paris is definitely beautiful and romantic and charming and dripping with culture, much more than anywhere i went in germany. in fact, i may have said this before, it feels more like new york than i would have expected. but the people are speaking french. which is easier to follow than german for me, though not much. at least i can ask for things here.

german culture was really cool too. people were mostly friendly to me, even though i had essentially no german, except for crappy pronunciation of nursery school level statements.

after visiting the rhine and mosel river valleys, plus the city of trier, with tom and leena, i then went to munich for 2 days. not much time, but i definitely glad i did it instead of skipping, since it was an incredible city. the train ride there sucked. i couldn't figure out which car i was supposed to be in, and i got in the wrong car, which not a non-smoking car, so the ride was unpleasant. i should have just moved to the correct car. but i was feeling sheepish, since it was my first time on the rail system. but the ride felt very long as a result. it was also on an IC train, which i would say is the least recommended. my ride from munich to leipzig was on ICE which is the high speed intercity express (top speed 160kph, which is 100mph!). even the RE train that i took from leipzig to dresden was better than the IC. munich had good weather in that it was warmer there than i had experienced the first week. i will tell you about munich in the not too distant future. probably.

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