Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tour Diaries! XIXA Days 10 - 12: On the Road From Switzerland to Italy. Also, Fetching Slovenian Checkpoint Guards!

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Day 10-12

We drove from Thun, Switzerland to Turin (Torino), Italy, to play another cool festival.
click to enlarge XIXA at work. - XIXA
  • XIXA
  • XIXA at work.

There are only a few border checkpoints left in Europe. Somehow, I always wind up talking to the guards at those checkpoints. In Slovenia, the guards who stopped us looked like Sophia Loren, in the '60s. (faints) I forgot my own name. Yes, they were that beautiful...

click to enlarge Brian in Thun. - XIXA
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  • Brian in Thun.

The Italian guards were serious as a heart murmur, and not particularly attractive. Ha!

Direct eye contact and articulate, direct answers are important. Then, Poof! Passports back in hand, ease on down the road.

Arrived safely in Turin, checked into the hotel, and had a sumptuous, Italian meal, followed by a little grappa.

Madonnn ... (no 'a') is the expression I'll use to describe said meal.

Ok, now to enjoy the two days off in Turin.

Stay tuned.
click to enlarge Efrén at work. - XIXA
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  • Efrén at work.

P.S. I have a couple of vignettes for you, featuring our "French Connection." I'll speak with Doumé, our sound engineer, and our bassist, Hikit Corbel. They are two Frenchmen who will give you their perspective on being on the road  with bunch of American savages.

Merci Beaucoup,

-Winston Watson


Go here to read Day 9 of XIXA's tour diaries.


click to enlarge Winston: Day off, in white. - XIXA
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  • Winston: Day off, in white.


click to enlarge Turin traffic. - WINSTON WATSON
  • Winston Watson
  • Turin traffic.
click to enlarge Necessary like blood. - WINSTON WATSON
  • Winston Watson
  • Necessary like blood.


click to enlarge One hundred fifty feet in the air, Switzerland.
  • One hundred fifty feet in the air, Switzerland.
click to enlarge A dam in the Italian Alps. - WINSTON WATSON
  • Winston Watson
  • A dam in the Italian Alps.
click to enlarge Montreaux. Smoke on the water. - XIXA
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  • Montreaux. Smoke on the water.

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