Hello from the dining car!
Yes, I have decided that taking the train between countries requires a meal in the dining
car, however cliché one might think it is.
Anyway, I have finished my breakfast and I've also finished with the Hamburg portion of the
Silent Station Tour. With luck, though, I hope I have just begun spending time there because
Hamburg is a cool city, one of the coolest I've encountered in Germany. Red light district,
a huge harbor, lots of seafood, tons of people from all over, etc. Musicians, try to get a gig
there! It's where the Beatles played their first gig in Germany before they got big.
Anyway, at the moment, I am in transit to Prague. I've a couple performances to do, one short
one tonight and one big one tomorrow, both at the Globe Bookstore and Cafe. It's been a few
years since I have visited the Czech Republic (Germany, too), but I think it'll still be as
cool as when I left it last.
Originally, I planned on doing a daily journal of this tour, but, you know, sometimes it's
hard to commit to certain things, especially when the day's photos are not going to get to me
for a few days after the fact. So, what that means is I will be just covering things as my head
remembers and when I've got some pictures, links or videos to include.
Lucky me, a lot of video was shot in Hamburg. The first show, at the Indra Musik Club opening
for Cosmic Fingers (A German Dead cover band. Yes, I said it and meant it.) was filmed for OK
KIEL TV, a German nightlife show. Also on that bill was a new friend, Keaton Simons, who joined
us that night, and the following night at the Bar Cabana, a cool newer place located right within
view of the harbor that was perfect for an unplugged vibe. Keaton will be playing the Downtown
Blues Club on Wednesday night if you are going to be in town. Great guitar player.
As I am typing, we are starting to roll up on Dresden and all I can think about is Vonnegut's
book, "Slaughterhouse 5," and his description of the fire bombing's aftermath. I can see no
such ruins here. Pretty soon, we'll be at the border and I'll get a new stamp in my passport.
I mention it only because the countries of the EU are starting to do away with passport control
at the borders between member countries, so a rail or a car stamp is going to be coveted soon.
Thanks for reading. I've included a couple shots from within the dining car.
E-mail me at [email protected].
More stuff later!