To answer the rhetorical question posed in my ealier post, I was feeling isolated for the reassuringly literal reason that I was spending the week on a business trip to Poland. More specifically, to Szczecin (pronounced to rhyme with 'Cha-ching!' (by me, anyway)). For some reason I had envisaged some grim Soviet industrial wasteland, but it was actually very pleasant, leafy, open, 'European'-feeling city.
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