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Writing and reading

I sit down at my kitchen table with a cup of freshly brewed Coffee and a blank page open in my travelers notebook.
Traveler's notebook 

In my last post I talked a bit about drawing and painting, things I love doing and that comes naturally to me. Writing is a completely different thing, I'm not very good at it and that is one of the purposes of this blog. I want to be better at writing!
Part of my library 

I do read a lot of books and that ought to rub off don't you think? Well it doesn't seem so. I find it hard to start writing and I often use too few words thinking that poeple understand my thoughts.

Lately I have been feeling a bit unintellectual. I have read John le Carre's first four novels in row! The first two, "Call for the Dead" and "A Murder of Quality " are more of traditional detective stories especially the second one. The other two, "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" and "The Looking-Glass War" are classic spy novels of the cold war era with a lot of bluff and double bluff.  Parts of the books are set in East Germany a country that no longer exist.
Train station 

I'm old enough to have visited two countries that don't exist anymore, Jugoslavia and East Germany. It was in the early 80's and I went to Berlin by train. If remember correctly we took the train to Copenhagen (from Sweden) changed train to Hamburg and in Hamburg we took a night train to West Berlin.
Europe was a completely different world back then. When we had crossed the border in the middle of the night the train was stopped and borded by soldiers with automatic guns and angry dogs that looked like they where trained to kill. They woke everybody up and demanded to see our passports. I gave them my passport but they where not satisfied, on the picture in my passport I had my glasses on so half a sleep in the middle of the night I had to find my glasses and put them on, then they finally accepted me!
After that we had a great week and I went to every art museum I could find.


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