Modus Transportandi

Due to a certain confluence of destinies, we have decided to remain in North America for a year or more before continuing our adventures in strange lands. But of course, considering who is President of the USA, perhaps it’s the strangest land of all!

When we were in New Zealand, we saw for the first time a Mercedes Sprinter camper conversion. It left an indelible impression. So when we landed in South Florida last January, we started scouring the ads.

We now own the perfect conversion van for two people. It has a good size refrigerator/freezer, two-burner stove, big hanging locker (closet), bathroom, heat, air conditioning, microwave, hot and cold running water and tons of cabinet space. We have so much more room than we had in our two suitcases and backpacks that we must have almost doubled our possessions!!

After South Florida, we spent four months in Toronto with Deena’s new granddaughter. Then we hurried off to Missouri to visit friends that just happened to live in the path of total eclipse. I didn’t have much faith that summer plains-weather would be cooperative and I was right. But for us, its always about the people anyway. We had a great tailgate party under the clouds. It got dark. It got light. We weren’t chased out of town by torch-carrying crowds blaming Yankee white liberals for their crop loss or something. It was a great visit.

We then took Horace Greeley’s advice and headed west for Burning Man.

The Ministry of Funny Walks

While we were in Athens, we visited the Ministry of Funny Walks. Okay, not really. The video below is the Changing of the Guard in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens. It happens every hour on the hour, 24/7. The uniform is unique and derives from a historical time when the Greeks defended their land against the Ottomans. The first part is their actual walking speed. Then we sped it up for our ADD friends. The real question: Is this where Monty Python got the idea for the Funny Walks skit?

Ministry of Funny Walks – Changing of the Guard

The Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

Due to the unrest in Turkey, our Mediterranean cruise was re-routed to call in Kotor, Montenegro.

We decided to ride the Hop On Hop Off bus because the Bay of Kotor has a few nearby towns worth visiting. On the way back to Kotor, Igor, one of the bus guides, joined us for lunch and told us about the situation in his hometown. Even though Kotor has seen an increase in tourism due to the number of cruise ships visiting, it’s economy is barely functioning. In the off season, the whole area is just a sleepy little hamlet.

Igor recommended the cafe where he always eats lunch. It’s right in the old town and associated with the Hotel Kattaro. We enjoyed Montenegro’s own beer, Niksicko;  and the local mussels fresh from the mussel farms in the Bay of Kotor were excellent!

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