Tuesday, June 12, 2007


So its seems that my last posts did go through. For some reason, they did not show up after I wrote them. I would delete the last one, except Uncle Ray left such a great comment that I could not dare delete it.

So today was the day. My first tour! As you can imagine, it was a nerve racking experience, and to top it off, there was a torrential downpour for about an hour of it. Of course things couldn't go according to plan! How silly of me.

The group was very understanding, and if anything else I think I got better tips because of it. After the appropriate deductions, I made about 30 euros for 2 and a half hours of work. Not bad!

Thus concludes my first day of real tour guide life. Its only 2:30 pm, but I am already exhausted from my jittered nerves and bad sleep. I think its time for a nice nap in my crowded and rather smelly hostel bed. What else can I do? Besides giving tours, my days and nights are completely open. In fact, I have been looking to see if I can find a hobby or something to occupy my time. To tell you the truth, I can't handle this inactivity very long. I better find a choir or a cappella group soon (though nothing could ever compare to the Accidentals. Jeez, I miss them already.)

Well, I am going to nap. Until next time!


Anonymous said...

Matt, Not sure if you remeber me. I am a friend of your Dad's. We met at a few Met Games in the Suite. He sent me the link and I have enjoyed following your adventure. Your a remakable indiviual who proves wise beyond his years. Be safe and this shall serve as an amazing life experience that many of us envey. So for now, we will follow your blogs and root for you. -Marc

Anonymous said...

Hi Matt:
We met several times at your house. I'm your mom's friend and scopist, Maria. I just now was able to get on to your blog and read all your entries. Not a bad start to your year-long adventure! I will have my husband check it out when he gets back from his business trip. You know where? Paris! Read your comments on it and I believe he is going to have the reaction you did. He is also a history buff, would have been a teacher but things happen. Please be safe and do not trust blindly. Isn't that a sad commentary? But unfortunately true. Anyway, a lot of people must envy your adventure. What a wonderful opportunity for you and the rest of Europe. Matt's there, I'm sure you will leave it for the better.

All my love,

Anonymous said...

Hi Matt,
Congratulations on giving your first tour. I had no doubt you'd do great. I was wondering if you have to hold up one of those flags to identify your group.
If there are any Karaoke Bars there that might be a good start to your singing career. Keep in touch.
Love, Dad

Ray said...


Next time it rains really hard try the old Gene Kelly singin' in the rain routine Munich style. Anyway don't take any wooden euros.

Uncle Ray