It’s in Germany now they told me, in Regensburg. It sails as the MS Regensburg, on the River Danube, making pleasure trips to The Walhalla Memorial. I found out that this Walhalla Memorial is a hall of fame filled with statues, or busts, of individuals of profound importance from throughout German history. When I left Schengen that day I saw a car parked by the road with a picture painted on its side. It didn’t occur to me until later that it depicts a scene in which a Viking ship sails past the Valhalla of Norse mythology, the great hall of Odin, where warriors who have died in battle gather in heavenly revelry. I think the car had Russian license plates.

1. On the MS Regensburg. Approaching The Walhalla Monument. The Danube, Germany. 2018
2. Schengen, Luxembourg. 2017
3. Valhalla. Stage design for Wagner’s Das Rheingold. Max Brückner. 1896.

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