We continue to stop in really interesting towns that look like they were out of some fairy tale illustrations. The cool thing about the trip is that you stop in a lot of remote towns on the Danube, so you see places that you might otherwise not get a chance to visit.
The weather has not been great since we left Prague. It’s been raining pretty much off and on the last 3 days and it’s in the 50’s and windy. I am definitely underprepared for the weather. Today we sailed from Melk to Krems in the middle of the day and so we were able to see the scenic view. I stayed up on the deck for about twenty minutes to take pictures but then couldn’t take it any more and had to come back in. The sun seems to be peeking through and it is supposed to be mid-60’s tomorrow when we’re in Vienna so that’s and improvement. I’m really looking forward to visiting a Viennese coffee house!
Last night I had a super vivid dream about work. I’ve been pretty disconnected since sabbatical started and besides one conversation with my dad that brought up all the feelings I was having prior to leaving, I haven’t thought too much about it. The dream wasn’t really about work, but about the place of work. We just finished building a new office building in Santa Cruz that I’ve been working on for the past 2-3 years. The week after my sabbatical is over, I’m supposed to be heading there for a board meeting. In the dream, I was there and someone had planned a professional picture be taken of the whole company on the stairwell that is like the center piece of the building. For some reason this was coordinated by one of the employees to happen early before official office hours, but everyone was told except for me.
It brought up all these frustrations that I had been feeling with my job. It really could be interpreted in a couple of ways. One could be that everyone forgot about me during the sabbatical or that I’m not essential/integral any more. Or it could mean that certain people have either not respected me or purposefully wanted to leave me out of the loop of certain decisions. The frustrations I was feeling stem from the latter option. When I woke up, I was still a little frustrated, but thankfully I woke up to beautiful sites and could shove those feelings back down to be explored once I’m back at home. But soon I am going to get down to the core of what my next steps might be.