While traveling through Europe, it’s easy to forget that there’s a baseball season ending over in the US. Even when you get on an internet connection and the tightness of the race is given away in New York Times headlines like "Rainout Forces Red Sox to Alter Pitching Order". The sheer obliviousness to the drama that envelopes all of us in the northeast corridor is both refreshing (eine anderes hefe dunkel, bitte!) and maddening (where the hell are the scores?! don’t these people understand?!!! IT’S THE SOX AND YANKS!!!!!) In Berlin, their marathon was run on Sunday; it’s apparently the world’s 3rd largest, and it may sound like blasphemy to many who read the site here but running through the 5 boroughs or up Heartbreak Hill must not have anything on the psychological journey one takes running through the Brandenburg Gate to the finish line, having traversed 26 miles of a time-scarred landscape, across recent history exposed. For Berliners, baseball couldn’t matter less. Even on the Schillingstrasse.
In Milan, it’s Fashion Week. Along the Via della Spiga and in the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuelle, skinny-legged models walk with appointment books in hand, and gift bags courtesy of Valentino and Cavalli sit behind the hotel concierge desks awaiting the slender hands of someone named "Maja" or "Natasha", neither of whom give a crap about guys named "Mariano" or "Bronson". Unaware of the tension brewing a mere ocean and change away, this city is more concerned about the goings on in the San Siro and the new collection from Miuccia, as opposed to the doppler radar readings in Worcester County.
For me, it’s refreshing, and though I may come under some fire for saying this, especially at this site, it’s good to be away, good to be out of our self-assigned center-of-the-universe. Perspective is important. Stress is low. The mozzarella di bufala is outstanding, best I’ve ever had. The Yankees won. The risotto con funghi was perfectly toothsome. The Sox were rained out. Europe doesn’t care. Alles ist gut. Tutto e bene. That flight back can’t come soon enough.