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Sunday, September 15, 2002

Isolationism

I was trapped for a week in a big expensive hotel in the center of Berlin and forced to play games with other adults. Conveniently, and no doubt psychosomatically, I was sick the whole time, so I was able to beg off all after-hours activities and hide in my room at night with Dante and, when I couldn't read, CNN and BBC and a naked woman riding an exercise bicycle. The two times I did go out to see the city, I went alone and spoke to no one. In a week in Germany, I heard maybe three German words.

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