Photographer's Note

The first two days of my short trip were simply fabulous. I haven;t seen such a big fresh snow for a few years (the last time pronanly in Georgia) and I enjoyed ever minute. It was well worth of going and all the effort. But when I reached my hostels I was rather tired (but happy) The second night the weather changed. It became warmer (+5 C) and it rained so most of the magic was gone - there was no snow on the trees anymore. On the other hand, yesterday was a lazy day. I walked from Sevelen to Vaduz, around Vaduz, then Feldkirch and finally in Lindau, but I was very early in the hostel and rested.

There is an interesting story about Feld kirch Railway Station.
Irish writer James Joyce paid a visit to Feldkirch in 1932 to see his friend Eugene Jolas. During the visit, he said to Jolas, "Over there, on those tracks, the fate of Ulysses was decided in 1915." Since Bloomsday 1994, the quote has been displayed in German translation in the station concourse.

Joyce had travelled through Feldkirch by train in 1915. Due to World War I, he had been considered an "enemy alien" in his then home town of Trieste, which, at that time, was part of Austria-Hungary. Thanks to influential friends, he had obtained permission to leave Austria-Hungary, with his partner Nora Barnacle and their two shared children, and travel to Zürich. Meanwhile, his brother Stanislaus Joyce was arrested in Trieste and detained until the end of the war.

During border control checks at Feldkirch, the train on which Joyce and Barnacle were travelling was boarded, and passengers inspected by officials; Joyce escaped arrest by a whisker. If Joyce had been arrested then, he would have been unable to write Ulysses in its present form, hence his comment to Jolas.


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