It’s been more than a year since we got home from our journey, or pilgrimage, to my father’s ancestral lands along the Danube, and it’s been nearly a year since I wrote anything about it. A year ago I had bold plans for continuous stories, but many things got in the way. I didn’t finish what I wanted to say — I barely started what I wanted to say. Now I’m going to try again.
My story titled “About This Journey to East Central Europe” revealed the itinerary: a two-week loop in September 2018 through parts of what was once the “Dual Monarchy” ruled by the Austrian Habsburgs. My focus was on places I know my ancestors lived, and thus this was to be my chance to see a bit of where my family came from, perhaps a chance to find details of the way they lived that might help me understand their stories a bit better, and maybe to find at least some physical evidence of their time in these places. I won’t repeat here what I said there. If you’re interested you can see that and other blog posts about this journey by selecting the category “2018-09 East Central Europe” in the selection box titled “Bundles of Stories” on the right side of the page.
And so the journey began.