I actually sat and ate lunch where the Napoleonic supporters sat (in the Napoleonic wars) this afternoon.
I am still in awe...
Accidentally, by serendipitous happenings, I went to have a traditional meal and look what I found.
I am deeply humbled, that the man who sold off 1/3rd of America at the time, in the Great Louisiana Land Deal...(Napoleon), that I really sat and ate where his supporters sat and ate!
I am still in awe now as I write this.
Did you know that Napoleon had a promissory note worth 11 million dollars in the mid 1800’s...to sell about one third of all the land in America, as it was then?
He needed money to fight his wars in central Europe...Prague?...and he sold this note off for 8 million dollars...huge money then and he got the cash up front and went and did his thing.
(The guy he sold it to waited and got the 11 million dollars from the note...my $6,000 seminar was about promissory notes, options etc.)
I learned about this Great Louisiana land deal when I did a $6,000 land option course last year and never thought any more about it. I understood the option and promissory note idea he sold it for, similar to Bill Gates buying the DOS idea for a $2 option fee paid upfront, then paying the guy the 50K later when he got the money ... and as far as all were concerned at the time...that was that!
Napoleon did it hundreds of years ago, so there’s nothing new about the idea...dohhh!
And...I sat where his supporters sat, walked the cobblestones his supporters walked... in the similar rain...wow!
I am soooo humbled...am still in awe, hours later...
Right in the middle of real history...awe...awe...awe...
Can you believe this?
Not that I even understand what Napoleon was all about, but everywhere I go over here, he’s been, seen, sat or tried to conquer!
The Opera Garnier in Paris was commissioned by one of the Napoleons...not sure if it was him or his nephew...but golly gosh...living, pulsating history for sure.
This has really blown my mind to-day...I can’t believe some things I’ve learned for my trade have their pioneer habitats here-abouts...pulse...pulse...pulsating...
It's now hours later, am sitting in the hostel reception area typing this and am still shaking my head in amazements...I am all amazement...as Lizzie, from "Pride and Prejudice", would say!
While I contemplate all these wonderments...here are the daily tallies...
Total spend...oops, I mean, Total Blowout!
750 cz...yagggghhh...Forgot it was holiday loading to-day...
Had a local soup, a small picallo of bubbles, a pork medallion meal (I'm normally not a pork eater)and apple strudel, then I accidentally ordered a large bottle of bubbles instead of another little picallo, then some potato wedges, then a fruit thing with yoghurt and I was still hungry...can you believe that?
The waitress couldn't, neither could I, so I kept on ordering and eating and they kept on bringing!!!
Anyways, it all came to $37 AUSD...I couldn't believe it!
That was the equivalent of 2 pairs of jeans and 2 tops!
However, because I saved so much ($400) by not going to the New Years Eve ball in Vienna, I did not feel too bad on that utterly outlandish splurge!
Weather...5C now and rain predicted for next 4 days...this must be the most hopeless case of weather prognostications in the world! I don't think they have predicted one day ahead accurately yet!
Dorm buddies...3 Argentinian boys...the guy from Indonesia left to-day and the others who ever they were and wherever they came from...have all gone too. So, it's down to me and three!
See you to-morrow...Will get the better pictures of the Napoleon thing for you in the next few days.