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Saturday, June 02, 2018 Road Junkies 0 Comments

Balkans and Beyond, Day 69:  Koblenz, Germany.  It's been a little more than a couple of weeks since our last blog post.  In the interim, we were fascinated and depressed by our visit to Kosovo, tracked back through Albania, enjoyed a spectacular visit with family members in Venice, and meandered into Western Europe.

At some point along the way, we sank into a morass of fatigue.  We can now say without equivocation—70 (or even late 60s) is not the new 40!

Our experiences in the so-called advanced countries of Western Europe have been enlightening and quite frustrating.  We're sitting tonight in a German city of significant size with no wifi in our four-star hotel, not because we didn't book a hotel with wifi.  We did.  And the tale that was spun by the hotel desk clerk to explain its absence was peerless in its cheekiness and absurdity.  Should she decide to job hunt in America, a certain government administration that traffics in blatant falsehoods might love to hire her.

Though we have loved the opportunities to eat fresh produce freely since returning to the west, that has been the primary advantage.  Our technology experience has been especially bad—excruciatingly slow Wifi and spotty cellular coverage, often as weak as a newborn kitten.

Tomorrow we travel to Utrecht in the Netherlands, just an hour train ride from the Amsterdam airport, which will be our setting off point to home on Wednesday.  After we return to Georgia we'll sort out all the craziness that has happened over the last couple of weeks and post the blog entries we've been working on.

From the Swamp, belated Memorial Day greetings and, a bit early, Happy Father's Day!