So, there's been so much that I don't even know where to begin. One thing is for sure... I am getting used to being here. Each and every country we visit begins to feel a bit less foreign. Many people in every country we have been to so far have spoken English. People have been really receptive to our music. And what I've noticed above anything else is how warm and kind Europeans seem to be.
I get this sense that people are happier here. Walking down the streets, it almost seems like everyone is in love. Maybe it's the same in the US, and I just glaze it over... But when I see the people here, in general, I think to myself how I'd like to be a little more like them.
Austria was almost like home to us, for awhile. We spent a good amount of time there and the crowds at the shows were really great. Switzerland and Italy were a lot of fun. Germany has been a really great time, so far. I could see myself living here. Here, or Prague. We spent a couple of days there when we had days off.
Getting to know Maarten, our tour manager, has been one of the best parts! He and I have gotten to roam around Prague and Hamburg on our nights off. Good beer, good chats. He's proven to be invaluable on this tour. I couldn't imagine having been doing this without him.
I should add that everyone lovingly calls him "Martiiin!" - like on the theme song for the Martin Lawrence show. I still haven't figured out whether it annoys him or not.... But he seems to be taking it pretty well :-)
Things that have happened - where do I begin?
There have been a couple of times where we had run ins with police. We were stopped at the German border and asked to hand over our passports at one point. Maarten had lost his wallet in Switzerland, and we were worried, but we made it through. We were also almost fined in Prague for driving on a pedestrian walkway... Luckily they were kind enough to realize that we weren't from there and had no idea what we were doing.
The lead singer of Junk Love (Italy) asked Sara to teach him an American expression, and so she taught him "That's what she said." And he kept saying "What she said!" It's become an inside joke. Sara will yell "What she said!"
and I will ask "What did she say?"
We went hiking in the mountains one morning outside of Aflenz' Austria. It was totally breathtaking. A lot of Instagram pictures came of that experience.
Anyhow, we are headed to Nuremberg, Paris, and then finally Utrecht. I'm particularly excited for Utrecht because that is where our record label, Beep Beep, Back Up the Truck is. Excited to get to know the people who've been backing our music over here :-)