Thursday, August 02, 2007

Obernau and Now

Finally, to wrap this baby up, put Europe behind me, and look ahead to 1L (somebody hold me).

The lovely German countryside.

Elliott with the pet pot-bellied pig, Big Bertha.

The absurdly beautiful Rhine.

Me and a "round" of Koelsch.

And now I'm home (for a certain value of "home") in Las Vegas, driving on wide boulevards and shivering in the ubiquitous air conditioning. Emily Dickinson once wrote that "Pain has an element of blank." I think that travel is much the same. Without the thousand or so pictures that I took on this trip, I doubt that I could have remembered half of the places we'd seen and things we'd done. I wish that I could say that our trip was a life-changing experience, but for the most part, it was just spending some good times (and not-so-good times) with Elliott in some of the most beautiful places in the world. And that? Is really all that I wanted.