Thursday, March 26, 2009


Today we went to the other side of the Danube, to see Buda and the castle, the presdential offces etc.

Wonderful views and I took loads of phots.

I held up the Presidential cavalcade. I had started to cross the road and I noted that a Police car had stopped whilst I slowly made my way across the wide cobbled road. I could hear a siren but was intent on not falling. I got across and turned to see the Police car was followed by the President and other black vehicles and then more police!

On the way back to the hotel, I noticed a road with heavy security and it was blocked off. I wondered why and then I noticed the American flag on the building in the blocked off road. Need I write anymore?

I have discovered just how much pain I can cope with and how long my pills last for. Unfortunately not 6 hours like they are supposed to. Taking the morphine is out of the question because then I wouldn't be able to be out at all but pain free. Not what I want to do on my holiday!

EDIT: I am enjoying this trip very much and despite what I wrote earlier about pain, it is not stopping me enjoying myself. My biggest problem is feeling like I am a burden to John and this gets me frustrated and so I snap easily which makes me feel worse as John is the target of my frustration! Mind you, I have been far less so today because I am conscious of it and want to stop it and it has improved a lot. Oh, and now I know for sure that cold makes me worse. I think that explains why this last few months have been so bad for me pain wise. It has been very cold from October onwards. So as I knew this seemed too long for a flare, it maybe is not a step further down the slippery slope. Perhaps I will improve gain when the weather gets warmer. Certainly today has been much better and it has been warmer.


Nan said...

Wow, Colin. Holding up affairs of state! That's some power you have!

Sorry that the pain is putting a damper on your vacation. Hope you can get enough relief so that you can enjoy yourself.

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable! This made me laugh.

FuguesStateKnits said...

From what I've learned so far of our wonderful POTUS, he'd feel blessed to get to know you! I hope he cheered as you got across safely! I know I would have;)
Hope you can safely enjoy what appears to be a quite lovely vacation! Be as kind as you can to John - it's clear he loves you! :)

joannamauselina said...

John probably would not be enjoying the trip at all if you were not there, so keep that in mind when you feel that you are burdening him. I doubt he feels that way at all. The person that I was married to once had physical limitations which somewhat curtailed what we did, and I was never resentful. I just revised my expectations. No one can do all the fun things there are to do, so one selects the things one can do. Just as many, but a different selection. I daresay John feels the same.

FuguesStateKnits said...

Just one more comment:) Don't know if you recall the comic book "Asterix und Obelix" based upon two characters from Roman times in Gaul (as is apparent from my title, I read the German version), they used to have an expression - "Die spinnen die Roemer" (Those Romans are nuts). My German friends at the University in Mainz (which should give you an idea about how LONG AGO this was when last I was in Europe!) used to say "Die spinnen die Amies" (Those Americans are nuts....)
I think that would be an apt commentary on my last comment!
Hope you enjoy Salzburg!