Encounter with a double bass

Travel by stagecoach in 18th-century Austria was far from comfortable. Those lucky enough to get a place inside the coach were forced to spend long hours crammed alongside strangers on hard wooden seats. Other passengers could ride in the baggage pannier or on the roof where they had to hang on for dear life. And then there was the incessant jostling as the coach made its way over the stony roads. Average speeds were no faster than walking, but at least by coach you didn’t have to carry your own luggage.

Nicolai was leaving home for the first time to attend university in Salzburg

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