Wed March 14

I went back to the hotel last night since I had already paid it and since I needed to hang my laundry. It didn´t dry during the night but I just packed it and went

I went back to the hotel last night since I had already paid it and since I needed to hang my laundry.

It didn´t dry during the night but I just packed it and went to find the bus back to Atol. On the way I ate a salami for breakfast.

Some policemen showed me to the bus and I got on.

Came in at Atol at 10:30 and started working again.

At 12 we went for lunch. We took the car to a very genuine lunch restaurant and had wonderful chicken with lots of salad and Gambrinus. Atol production is situated in Semtin, a village on the outskirts of Pardubice. Semtin is home to Semtex, a company producing explosives. In fact the whole area is full of chemical industry, so the car ride to and from the restaurant went trough an alien futuristic landscape of pipes going up and down in different directions. They told me that there was an explosion in Semtex in the mid-80s that broke windows three kilometers away. I joked that we would all be blown up one day, and – speaking of the devil – our concentrated afternoon work was suddenly interrupted by a big nice “booom” with a steady bass. We looked at each other and laughed nervously.

The other left the office one by one. I stayed and finished the work. Then I continued sending hundreds of e-mails to board game geeks in different countries and followed up any recommendations I got from those who answered. Since all countries have their own languages and those are languages I don’t know, this is the way I get information about where to go.

The TV showed an Italian movie with Czech subtitles.

At 2 or 3 or so I crawled into my sleeping bag. It was a little bit creepy to lie alone in an abandoned office building in the middle of an industrial area far away from people, cars and shops. There were no sounds except for the creaking from the creaking door and occasional sounds from the cage mice.

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