Dear Maria Victoria,

I went bicycling to Mainz tonight from Wiesbaden.  I had crossed over the Rhine River from Hessen to the Palatinate and was heading on northwards past some Swiss ferries. Suddenly, as I went under the Main River railway bridge, I began to hear the music.


Yes, over the hill to my right was Carlos Santana and his band playing in Mainz City’s Volksbuehne.  As large ferries with several levels of cargo freight loaded on them passed by, the sound rising from the amphitheater  bounced back to me on the shore—so I heard in stereo—

“Maria, Maria …”

„See mi y Maria on the corner
Thinking of ways to make it better“

Anyway, it was a fine welcome to another vicarious concert for me in the Rhine-Main region.  I sent my wife Maria „Victoria“ an sms from the next pedestrian bridge, where I was able to stand over the railway and listen to Santana’s band jamming away to all his classics as the sun was setting on the Rhine on a blissful but cool evening.

Soon, I will be flying to see you and visit your homeland, the Philippines.  In the meantime, I pray you can join me and ride on the Rhine before Carlos Santana comes by again and jams, „Maria, Maria“.

God Bless and Te amo (Ich liebe Dich)—Guten Nacht.



Stoda, Kevin , “Dancing Cubana in the Ring Church”,


Stoda, Kevin , “DEAR HESSEN LANDTAG—HELP”, https://eslkevin.wordpress.com/2009/07/17/sehr-geehrte-hessesischen-landtag-und-vorsitzenden-der-petitionen-et-al/

Stoda, Kevin , “German Foreign and Internal Ministries Kept my Wife from Coming to the Elton John Concert tonight”, http://the-teacher.blogspot.com/2009/07/german-foreign-and-internal-ministries.html

Stoda, Kevin ,  “No Malice, just Glueck Wanted”,


Stoda, Kevin , “Where are the Strong German Lawyers?”, https://eslkevin.wordpress.com/2009/06/29/wo-sind-staerke-anwaelte-in-deutschland-who-will-protect-people-who-could-integrate-well-into-german-society-from-being-torn-asunder-by-apparently-arbitrary-and-racist-practices/

About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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