So two good things and one bad. The first good? I wrote over 1,800 words today. This vacation is being very generous to my writing. The second good? We went into Trencin today and had a lovely time walking around and seeing everything that’s changed. I have to say that it feels like Trencin is really coming along as a city. The other two times I’d been here, you could still feel the Communist influence on everything–the gray buildings, small beat up cars, and the general poor service you’d get in any store you went into. Now, things are different. They’re repainting the buildings, the cars are Toyotas, Opels, Hondas and the like, and the people feel all around much friendlier–even in the stores. So that’s nice.
It was strange in a way. The last time I’d visited this city, it was in my head as I set a novel there. So now I’m able to come and see where all sorts of things happened in my book. A first for me, and one that I quite enjoy. For some reason it makes me feel like the things I wrote about actually happened–like my characters were or are real people out there somewhere. Maybe that just means I have an overactive imagination . . .
It was just me, wife and son in the city, along with my brother-in-law Milos, who came for the ride. Since he knows about everyone in the city, he’s helpful to have with. And–even better for all of you–I took pictures.
Wife and son at my wife’s elementary school. (I think that’s the kind of school it was, at least. The Slovak school system still eludes me . . . )
The bad? I got too much sun and I have a headache. Poor me. But I suppose that’s a fine price to pay for what I got in return.