Hunger growing for Brussels and Inna. Just 12 days to get through

Hunger growing for Brussels and Inna. Just 12 days to get through.

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Peal of thunder now absolutely lashing down with rain. Rain like we have not had for months and months. Proper winter rain

Peal of thunder, now absolutely lashing down with rain. Rain like we have not had for months and months. Proper winter rain. You forget how cold and vicious rain can get don’t you. So wow October is here. This month will end with a trip to Brussels at least. Saturday night arrival for Fifth and Empire. Quiet lazy Sunday, then Cine Paris, Gare du Nord and Fifth on Monday. A last visit to Cine Paris Tuesday lunchtime before train home perhaps. I have postponed Vienna till December or January maybe. I am proud of myself. Oh no has to be New Year now, as I have no holiday left.

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So my THREE night trip in Brussels Saturday Sunday Monday at end of October is booked with Eurostar Snap £50

So my THREE night trip in Brussels Saturday Sunday Monday at end of October is booked with Eurostar Snap £50; just going to wait a while longer with Max to see if it goes up or down. Feel relaxed about the trip. Not too expensive and not too long, and by then Project —– should be mostly completed. All the really most important stuff is already there anyway. And late arrival Saturday, all day Sunday all day Monday is enough drinking time; after that I am sodden & dull. 3 night stay is perfect.

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Time to book that October trip to Brussels at least? Or risk it and wait for a Snap ticket closer to the time?

Time to book that October trip to Brussels at least? Or risk it and wait for a Snap ticket closer to the time? No, done it now. Booking window open till 1st Nov, so I booked ticket out Saturday afternoon coming back afternoon Tuesday. Gives me TWO full days in Brussels Sunday and Monday, more than enough to be honest. And Tuesday chance for a last Cine Paris or Gare du Nord window before my late Eurostar home. Then I have Wednesday Thursday and Friday free in London. Max is looking EXPENSIVE 225 euros for 3 nights. Dare I wait till the time? Weekend is risky of course. That is when they will be busiest.

Woke around 2pm (after pee break at 1119 already). Weight down to 15’1 almost 15 dead

Woke around 2pm (after pee break at 1119 already). Weight down to 15’1, almost 15 dead. Because I had NO breakfast before bed. Keep to that. So close to breaking that 15 barrier but can never quite do it. If I survive this, I will be so relieved, so happy. I will be flying. So last night nearly here, then 2 days off…..to go to —–??? What a sinking tawdry feeeling that gives me. That is all that London has left. This is why I cannot stop travelling just to be held in suspension. Sitting in a bar in Brussels staring out the window, drinking Jupiler or Maes or Stella. Or sitting in a bar in Vienna drinking Zipfer or Ottakringer or Weaselburger. But it is in those places, that oblivion, I am happy. Even if I am sad, I can wallow happily in that sadness. Are there others who actually feel HAPPY if allowed to wallow in their sadness? But I get no pleasure in wallowing in this sadness in London, it has to be in Europe, in one of my favourite cities in Europe. My 4 cities in the autumn stars—Berlin (though I don’t think I will ever go back there), Brussels, Munich (has become a stopover only) and Vienna. That first 1999 Grand Tour when I first set foot in Europe has branded itself into my psyche so deeply. It was like a branding iron, and I can only ever be happy in those same 4 cities.

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Three days off to come! Four nights in Max will cost me an extra 48 euros as I thought. I will hold off

Three days off to come! Four nights in Max will cost me an extra 48 euros as I thought. I will hold off, till I know what is happening at work, if anything. How amazing it would be to walk back in to Manhattan a dark cold January night in the New Year and see Adelina again; like it was last month the Monday night I arrived in Fifth Avenue and then Inna appeared and squeezed onto seat next to me to speak to man to my left, but her bottom was pressed up against my bottom, and I didn’t move and she neither. Then we went to room together. I think about those two a lot. I COULD GO TO BRUSSELS TODAY!!!!!