I’m back after an unexpectedly long and unplanned for summer break with this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Humanity
We have been blessed with the opportunity to travel quite a bit over the past few years. One thing that we have enjoyed more than anything else over the course of the our travels is making a connection with someone along the way. We’ve been given French lessons from a waiter in Colmar, engaged in conversation with British tourists in Bratislava, and played with Italian children under the walls of Lucca.
My favorite connections have been with Europe’s talented and varied street performers, especially the musicians. Walk along the crowded pedestrian zones of any European city, and you’ll most likely hear them. We’ve listened to jazz on the Charles Bridge, Didgeridoos in Regensburg, classical music on a baby grand in Nürnberg, folk music on an accordion in Überlingen and the beautiful melodies of the violin at the foot of the Prague castle. These musicians add a depth to the sea of humanity that bustles by each day, reminding us of the beauty in the world. If we just slow down enough to listen, because in the words of Friedrich Nietzsche “Ohne Musik wäre das Leben ein Irrtum” Without music, life would be a mistake.