Tuesday, October 25, 2005

My Diet and My Feet in Vienna

ARGHH! I'm tzping on a European kezboard, and the y and the z are in reverse places...causes me quite a bit of trauma, since I am actuallz a touch tzpist. I have to keep going back to correct it. Are z'all able to figure out these sentences?

Anyways, back to looking at the keys before I type...

I am on a steady diet of croissants, espresso, cheese, coldcuts, second-hand cigarette smoke and 5 hours of sleep per night. Needless to say, I am not feeling too good, but there is not much I can do to change the situation.

I have decided that feet are not designed to be in shoes for 16 hours a day...no matter how comfortable the shoes are. They need time to breathe, and to reconnect with the ground. This suffocating in leather all day is NO GOOD.

On a more positive note, we had the TOYP Awards Ceremony tonight, which honours 10 outstanding young people from around the world. One woman talked about travelling to Thailand to help an AIDS patient for Doctors without Borders. They had to crawl through raw sewage filled with rats and cockroaches to get to her. She had been abandoned by her family because of the social stigma attached to HIV in those countries. She weighed 60 pounds and had open sores all over her body. How do you turn your back on a fellow human being, let alone a family member? I felt pretty weepy and helpless listening to that, but also really inspired, and like I wanted to contribute more to the world. I am definitely looking into opportunities when I get back to Toronto. We are SO fortunate in Canada. We OWE it to the rest of the world to contribute.

I STILL haven't had time to have a Starbucks.


Mel said...

I am so glad you're blogging. Sounds like you were supposed to hear that awards ceremony. Weren't we just discussing your desire to contribute/make a difference in the world a couple of weeks ago. Can't wait to see what develops from that. You rock.

Keep your eye on the upcoming vacation portion of your trip where you will drink coffee by the gallon and walk around barefoot as much as your heart pleases.


Swedish Girl said...

I followed a link from Mel's blog and found yours - and had a great laugh.

Just one thing though - what's with the Starbucks, Shellz? You're in Vienna! They have got really lovely old caf├ęs there... head up to the Stadtpark and the Opera, and you'll find loads of them around. All chrystal chandeliers and apfelstrudel!

Have lots of fun!

shellz said...

Hey Mel, fatigue is definitely setting in now. I can barely keep it together...and my enthusiasm is definitly waning...2 more days to go...I will survive!!

Swedish girl, thanks for stopping by, and glad you're laughing. I know...it's a terrible thing - this addiction to Starbucks. I'm working a conference so haven't had much time to explore yet, but I will definitely take your suggestion and head up to Stadtpark and the Opera...it sounds lovely!