September 3, 1999

ohhhh boy. it's been a week- & then some. realized last night i'd been

behaving as if i were joined to alex @ th hip. where do i begin?

finally hiked/ walkd into pfarrkirchen today- a roundabout way by

breitenbach & furcht (?) that made it about 15 or so kilometers- maybe

16,

so just about ten miles...it's alex's turn to be under th weather- just

as

th weather clears & he gets ready to go back to hamburg w/ his new

girlfriend vanessa, who came down for a visit last thursday. we'll board

th

inter-city together tomorrow, i change trains for weimar @ fulda...

maybe i shd do something like a chronology...

so i took th train from amsterdam to munich on tuesday. met christopher,

alex's hometown bud & th ultimate party machine, running on coffee, beer,

cigarettes & a new infatuation every other day. in

th week & a half since i met him, i've only seen him eat once: last

night,

when we got some pizzas to go from 'il cavallino', a kitschy-elegant

trattoria that seems to be th only restaurant among

th downtown pfarrkirchen strip of pastry shop-cafes...

i'd had half a bottle of macon for w/ a late lunch salad & cheese plate

on

th amsterdam train, & a tomato soup & some tortellini w/ th same canned

tomato soup for a sauce late in th evening, close to arriving in munich.

anyway, i caught th christopher bug- had a big hefe-weizen & a shot of

tequila @ a student-run bar known as 'manhattan', on top of th tallest

dorm

in th student residence compound, & got kind of chilld on th windy

terrace

looking over th town talking to amy from detroit...it was nearly four in

th

morning by th time we arranged our sleeping places & i woke up on eclipse

wednesday, august 11, w/ a bad sore throat...nursed it w/ an

echt-bayerische

breakfast of weisswurst, pretzel & sweet mustard, then alternatively

'oohhh'd' & 'awwww'd' along w/ th gathered crowd as clouds played w/ th

visibility of th event as totality approached...