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Published: October 28th 2008
Hunting for Gnomes
Street lighting helps me to see their siloettes. This one was in front of a large church.
Today is my last day in Poland. It rained alot and a penetrating cold mist filled the air; feels like November. I enjoyed the day, hunting gnomes and doing the last organization for flight tomorrow. I bought a scarf to keep warm while I wandered the streets. Time has gone back an hour and darkness seems to begin at four. Perhaps it is even more fun to hunt gnomes in the dark. ha ha Before my camera battery gives out, with all of the flash needed to capture these gnomes, I'll upload what I have. It occurred to me that I am in an enviable position, to play most of the day.
The second day of any town is much easier. Lodging, food and internet sites are known, the streets seem shorter and the landscape makes more sense. I find things off the beaten track. I have time to contemplate.
During the day I join a group of people that I typically do not see: the retired, housewives with infants, unemployed. I muse about the energy that work takes up during school time. This is not high season for tourists and people-watching takes a practical turn. For instance, to choose the
best and cheapest food watch where retired people go. When heading out to find parks, keep an eye on the ones with strollers.
When the streets get busy it is time that workers are heading home or going out for a drink afterwork. To find the local trendy spots, follow the people in suits, especially if they seem perky. The tired ones are buying take-outs and heading home.
Yes, I am grateful that I am in this floating world of mine. Perhaps as the year goes by, higher thoughts will fill my head, you know, philosophy and all that.....
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