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Dancing Round Europe

This post is from my archives, dated 1st November 2002:

Good trip around Europe. Berlin, especially the former east, was wonderful. A city full of optimism, lots of young people moving in. Visited the Käthe Kollwitz museum. Later we travelled on to Prague, the latter part of the journey through a gauntlet of prostitutes waving down tourists arriving from East Germany. We had to leave our car there (broken piston) and travel on to Amsterdam by train.
Strains of the novel continue to visit me. I thought it would be fascinating to look at what it means that women usually dance backwards. But we know why, don’t we? And I keep getting reminders of something Emma Goldman is credited with: ‘If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.’

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