we arrived after the longest day. monday’s night was swallowed by flying five hours ahead over the atlantic, and so it went from midnight to morning in one mere episode of modern family (air canada ads included). we recently lost elite status with old ac, which, though it may make us less bourgeois and mincing and entitled, it also makes us broke as jokes when we add together our 18 extra bags of guitars and mixers and merch. yeesh. but it all arrived miraculousy unbroken and then we picked up all the rented gear (most of which WAS broken) and played our first ever german shows in hamburg and berlin. viel spass! so many people came! we expected, i guess, very little, having never set foot on that faraway soil. but the shows were full and full of friendly, attentive, actual fans of the band. who knew. so many friends to be had all over the world. and last night’s venue too (the charming ‘parterre’ in the border town of basel, switzerland) was full of beautiful swiss and french and germans. and i’m not just saying that. they were all hot. it was eerie. but after so much whiskey and chocolate and cheese we had to tear ourselves away for a long night and morning of thudding across the french countryside. but the french countryside is a thing that will always lighten the heart, despite whatever ungodly hour and everyday ills lay upon you (i wish that we english could employ the 3rd person singular that’s so readily used in french and german, that is, without ‘one’ sounding like a complete d-bag). and after the grey, clinical blade of the autobahn, it was a bit like ambling through an antique shop full of old armoirs and dusty, gilded oil paintings. my scene entirely. but we’ve only one quick stop here tomorrow night, for a big canadian student conference for the 95th anniversary of several integral gruesome canadian ww1 battles (vimy ridge, beaumont hamel, la somme, etc). and then its on to the rocky road to dublin, glasgow and london before we make it back to the giftshop of paris for the last show of the run. so a mighty thanks to jedermann and tout le monde and everyone who’ve been so good to us thus far. danke schon indeed.