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GPP Crusade No. 48: Been There, Done That

"The traveler sees what he sees.
The tourist sees what he has come to see."
— G.K. Chesterton

This art journal page (and the work behind it) was inspired by Michelle Ward's Crusade No. 48: Been There Done That. I found the GPP Street Team Crusade's via Hanna and Nathalie. It got me thinking about documenting our trip to Europe in the summer of 2009. Papers from the trip were stashed in a box gathering both physical and psychological dust. I had a guilt trip every time I looked at the box.

During the trip, I'd thrown everything into one of the suitcase pockets in no order, no rhyme or reason. We visited 7 cities in 4 countries in 3 weeks! That's a lot of STUFF to weed through!

I usually err on the side of not griping about personal stuff here, but February sucked. The kids and I got strep throat, followed by an upper respiratory infection. Double whammy. Thankfully the girls are doing well,. but I have to take some strong and very yukko meds for the asthma symptoms this all triggered. I tell you this to explain how little motivation I had to get anything done. Like, none.

So last night {Crusade deadline looming} I emptied THE BOX on the table. I sorted it by country. I coughed. I put it into baggies. I drank tea. A page from Nudge: Gray is the background, and I glued receipts, etc. from our stay in Trier, Germany.

Here's one of my memories from Trier. My daughter and I were at a laundromat drawing mandalas while our clothes spun around. This grungy, drunk guy in his 20s stumbles in, takes off everything but his shorts, and throws it in a washing machine. Even his shoes and backpack. He stumbles about, getting change and figuring out how to get the machine started. He weaves over to the bar across the street. He returns to move it to the dryer. Returns to find that the dryer won't open. It was like an SNL skit. A bunch of customers try it. We add money, nothing. We find him the number of the washateria owner. He calls, no answer. He went back to the bar... With our stuff folded, we were off to the hotel, wondering what the heck would happen to this drunk guy without clothing? {We saw him that night, dressed, sitting with friends in the street.}

I did a little impromptu journaling about Trier, which fell at about the middle of the trip. The page is almost finished, just need to pick a photo and staple it to the page. I'm THRILLED that I did this!!!

Check out my responses to GPP Crusade No. 39: Pulling Prints and Crusade No. 53: Mad Scientist.

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Reader Comments (6)

tammy - thanks for coming to play on our street! bravo for getting the traveler's evidence on a page, even though it's been hard to muster the energy and enthusiasm with sick ones at home. didn't it feel good to glue that stuff down and put your cute story into words? love seeing how you are motivated to continue documenting the trip with all those labeled bags of goodies. carry on!!

03.1.2011 | Unregistered Commentermichelle ward

I love your evidence of Germany! Woo hoo... and the story is just terrific. Hilarious. Was the boy German? Sometimes the washer and dryer are one machine here they won't open if the dial is in certain positions! What a great chuckle over my morning coffee. I also wondered what the drunk boy thought of two foreign women making art in the washroom...!! Maybe he tells people a story about how one time in Germany, he was SOOOO drunk and he had to wash his clothes but there were these woman coloring mandalas...LOL

Hope you all feel better soon. Best wishes from tj

03.1.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTJ

First of all, I hope that you and the rest of your family are back to fighting strength soon, my little boy has asthma also and is always knocked for six when he gets a bad cold or other infection, so I know what your girls are going through.

Second of all, well done you for using the inspiration from the Crusade prompt to make a start on that mountain of wonderful ephemera from your European trip – it must feel good! I love how the Earl grey tea box matches your Nudge Grey background

And third of all, I’m glad your young drunk found some clothes :D

03.2.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Michelle, I love that you are so involved in the Crusades and that you were kind enough to visit! Thank you for the creative inspiration. Looking forward to the next Crusade.

TJ, Just popped over to your blog, looks like you have a lot of fun and interesting adventures as a expat in Germany! I have to tell you that the drunk guy noticed nothing, it took all of his focus to accomplish his laundry via short breaks from the pub! Glad you got a kick out of it.

Sarah, Oh my. It would be so difficult for a child to have asthma and have to go through the experience and the meds not completely understanding the ups and downs. For example, due to the meds I slept only 3 hours last night. I didn't notice that the tea bag matched the Grey - I just picked it at random from the tea wrappers I had collected!

~ Tammy

03.2.2011 | Registered Commentergypsy

Hey crusader, I hope you will feel better soon, and hope March will bring spring sometime soon I so long for spring. Love the story of the laundromat. I guess I should put cleaning in a laundromat on my life list, I have never seen one or been to one - only in American movies, hehe. :-)

03.2.2011 | Unregistered CommenteriHanna

Hanna, Spring has "sprung" here, afternoons in the 70s, full blooms on the purple plum + red bud trees that you see here and there. Fresh blooms on the bradford pear trees in every yard.

I've been to a laundromat on several trips. It's always a curious day, watching strangers, machines humming, scent of linens and detergent in the air. It's funny how your clothing never "feels" like it does when you wash it at home. But it gets the job done! So yes, it would be good for your life list.


03.2.2011 | Registered Commentergypsy

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