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It is time to bring this missive up to date. I have been away from the keyboard for too long but with good reason, as I have been out and about re-cnnecting with people and places … I left Barcelona on the 15th and flew to Vienna. Then a quick bus ride had me arrive in Bratislava in one hour and friend Majka picked me up and we were comfortably in Devinska, a bedroom suburb, in no time. It was fabulous to reconnect with dear friends and I chilled out for a couple of days spending the week-end in the country.

In Bratislava's Old town Square

In Bratislava’s Old town Square

Lovely courtyard of Gajary country retreat

Lovely courtyard of Gajary country retreat

There was plenty of time to make a couple of visits to the Christmas market and then on the 21st Peter drove me to Senec, 26 kilometers east of Bratislava, the ancestral home of my father’s family.

IMG_1538 IMG_1540The next couple of days were spent cooking, baking and decorating the house: a house that I remember from the days when I visited my grandmother there. Too much good food and drink has expanded my girth significantly. I am not quite certain how I will squeeze myself into my New Year’s Eve festive garments.

On Sunday the 27th I made a quick trip by bus to the Vienna airport to meet with a young man that was once my employee when I had a business in Budapest. He now resides in Toronto and was heading back to Canada after having spent the Christmas holidays with parents in Hungary.

I am presently sitting on a train heading for Prague. It is packed … I have never sat in a six seat compartment with five other people. It has been rather misty and foggy since my arrival in Slovakia so I am hoping for some sunshine in Germany and then the Czech Republic for the New Year’s festivities.


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