August 15th, 2005

Due South

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I'm reading Bill Bryson's Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe. It's fun, enjoyable, blah blah blah fishcakes. No, what gets me is how the guy always goes into a new country and then tries to find a hotel room to stay in for the night.

Maybe it's changed with the internet age, or maybe my parents were always just a tad more worried or something, but I've never entered a foreign country without having a hotel booked for the night. I mean, I've entered one to find out that the hotel has lost my reservation, but that's another matter. A common theme in this book is Bryson entering a new city, trying to find a hotel and discovering everything's booked. It happens in about half the cities he goes to. Shouldn't that be saying something?