I don’t know why every time I come to the Max, at this time every morning the lounge is filled with a large family/group of SPANISH people who sit at the table with the free croissants and scoff the lot between themselves before disappearing back to their rooms. Always Spaniards. It cannot be the SAME ones, unless they live here, so must just be a coincidence?? No one else gets a chance with these croissants. By the time anyone else gets there all that’s left is crumbs. They must be on a really tight budget if they’re so determined to have the free croissants for their breakfast. 10AM. Check out in one hour, leave my bag in locker and spend one hour in Cine Paris perhaps.
Max is apparently a 1* hotel; well it is the nicest 1* hotel you are ever likely to stay in. 0920 Passau. Amazing that is 2½ hours gone already, quite painlessly. Well, the website is quoting 43 euros for a single. Ooh. ICE to Brussels 83,45. I will check in Frankfurt if I can exchange the ticket I’ve got.
So I stayed in the hotel 4 nights more than I was supposed to—but that only cost me 52, 45, 45, 52 per night=194 euros, less than £170; less than 2 nights at work I can recoup that. So I went to Fifth Avenue more times than I would have done if I’d left on schedule Tuesday; again little more than 1 night at work to recoup that. Keep things in proportion. For me to WANT to extend my 3 nights to 7 nights means I enjoyed my trip. I really indulged in Rue d’Aerschot and Cine Paris more than before and got a LOT more erotic succour in return as a result. Some wonderful memories stored away from those two places, as well as Leyla, of course, one of the loveliest women I’ve met anywhere, let alone in a place like that.
By 1126 I have the Max lounge completely to myself; the early morning breakfasters & early check-outs all gone; soon the early arrivals will come, their rooms not ready for check in so they will start to fill the lounge. I should make it a condition of every trip I do one cultural thing during my stay; but of course the flesh is weak & willpower weaker. And let’s face it I go to the same cities and I have been to all their main art museums so many times already. If there is at least 1 treasure in a museum that means so much to me—such as Richard Gerstl’s Laughing Self-Portrait in the Belvedere, Vienna, or Die Sunde in Neue Pinakothek, Munich—I can do it (and so many in Brussels’ old Museum of Modern Art before it was destroyed). I’m starting to miss my McDonald’s Royal Cheese & fries; perhaps I should go for it after all. One more beer in my bag still to finish off though.
The Max on Tuesday night is £38.50 (plus another £25 Snap ticket Wednesday of course). The coach Saturday morning 930am arriving 530pm is just £25. But seven hour journey! A seven hour journey just to rush to Fifth Avenue and not fancy any of the girls, then go to Empire? Might as well get the late Eurostar and just go to Empire and do 5th on my next two chances Sunday and Monday. Take it as it comes. I would rather stay the Tuesday night. I wonder how late I can decide to take the Snap ticket Wednesday? When does this window close? BEFORE the 1st surely. Well, do you know what, I don’t even need to make that decision now. Leave it till Monday in Brussels and see how the land lies; I might be really happy to come home. The great thing is I DO have the option of extending my stay as I am not back at work till the Saturday. So I can stay the Tuesday night if I want, and the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday! Though where would I get the money??! Just go Saturday night late, enjoy two leisurely days Sunday and Monday and then see how I feel Monday night. I wonder if I COULD just book the Snap ticket for Wednesday afternoon right now whether I use it or not? All depends if the Snap window stays open after 1st November or not. Surely not, otherwise everyone would buy Snap on the day wouldn’t they. They would NEVER sell a ticket at full price. Good to see the Max prices HAVE tumbled close to the day. I cannot afford to stay longer in Brussels, because I have got Munich and Vienna and Frankfurt coming up in December. Save money for that. Go to that Machine bar in Brussels.
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!!!!!