Saturday, May 11, 2013

On the road again...

On the Road again – or perhaps a better description would be On the Train. Lesson to self: never use the word perfect – especially whilst traveling as there can be many kinds of perfect: the perfect day with friends, the perfect down day, the perfect bad weather day, the perfect sunny day, the perfect experience day, the perfect scenery day – after this trip I will never lightly use perfect. So how to describe today? Breakfast at Claire’s in Edmonds, WA was one of those wonderful old-time diner experiences. On to the Amtrak station with a departure that was only 10 minutes late – headed south to Portland, OR where my sister and brother-in-law picked me up for a family reunion and exploring the city. Dinner at Grüner’s (the bill was presented tucked into Bertolt Brecht’s Der gute Mensch von Sezuan which led to my reading bits that in turn led to a short discussion with the neighbouring table: turns out that he was from Viennese parents who had spoken German at home; his partner had lived many years just across the lake in Mies as a child – it is truly a small world) was great even if they were out of Kölsch. A wander along the river banks and we returned to our hotel for a good night’s rest before Family Reunion.
Amtrak Cascades route