When I went to get the mail this morning, I noticed an official-looking letter in my mailbox. It said 'Quick 'n Quiet Notary Service' on the back, and it was addressed to me. Curious about the content I quickly opened the letter:
Dear Mr. ..., We regret to inform you that Mr. Jones has passed away April 15th this year. Since you are included in his will we kindly request you to visit our office at 20 Main Street, San Francisco, CA to collect your belongings. Kind Regards, John Doe Quick 'n Quiet Notary Service
Mr. Jones, my old music teacher! Although I hadn't seen him in years, it still came as a shock. We got along well, but I didn't expect him to include me in his will.
Of course I went to the notary's office to pick up the stuff Mr. Jones left me, expecting maybe one of his musical instruments or music books. However, there was only a small note with some text and some lines consisting of either numbers or letters:
I know that you always liked to solve puzzles, so here I have one last puzzle for you. You have to solve it in order to know where you can find what I have left you. Good luck!
So now I'm sitting here, trying to figure out what the note and the seemingly random sequences of numbers and letters mean. Can you help me? Where should I go to find what Mr. Jones left me?
It has been two days now since I received the strange note, and unfortunately I'm still stuck. I have been thinking about the time I took his music lessons though. He used to tell me about all of his trips around the world. Every time he told me where he was going it didn't really make sense to me, but when he told me the story behind that particular place it wasn't that strange after all...
I still have no idea where to go, and I really want to know! I remembered another thing about Mr. Jones though. Every time he returned from one of his trips we would practice a new song, and he would tell me all kinds of funny stories about the artist. He always ended those lessons with saying 'And remember: When you go to a country, you always have to visit the capital'. Even when he hadn't gone to a capital himself! Strange man...