I didn't anticipate a 5-day holiday from the internet. But wireless connectivity is evidently not common in the cafes and hotels of Prague and the former East Germany.
Which turned out to not at all be a problem. This left plenty of time to visit cathedrals and coffee shops and pull stops for Balint's organ recitals and drink quarts of Schwarzbier (might I highly recommend the Köstritzer?) and realize that I need to learn to spreche Deutsche because it would be cool to be less of an American when in Europe, sometimes, not resorting to pointing to menus and shelves instead of giving pronunciation a go.
All good. Except it did leave this here blog in a bit of back-dated limbo.
A brief photo journal of the trip north from Budapest ... to make amends.
Cobbers reunited .... meeting college choir friend Christoph for a coffee,
for the first time in 15 years .... in Bratislava, Slovakia's main square.
Ah, Prague! (again)
Sundown refreshment in the shadow of St. Vitus Cathedral.
Evening run through Merseburg, on the river Saale.
A musician with the keys to both
the Merseburg Cathedral organ
on the same day
... is having the happiest day of his life.
The organist's assistant, listening for balance, inside the Wenzelkirche.
In the Naumburg square ... after the Weckmann
and the Bach and one of the world's most revered organs ...
Pipes of Concert I - Merseburg.
Pipes of Concert II - Milznau.
Two Schwarzbiers after two concerts ... all in a day's work.