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.