Thursday, December 12, 2019

my birthday in dubrovnik: how old do I have to be to become unesco...

There are many reasons to celebrate this week.  After six years of effort, Croatia this week formally concluded the accession negotiations with the European...

malta pajjiz sabih hafna [malta is a wonderful country]

I've been in Malta a few days now, and so far so good.  The weather has been a bit chilly, but nice - in...

a memorial to the 1966 tashkent earthquake

Tashkent, Uzbekistan and Central Asia's largest city (approx. population 3 million) is a relatively new city. Unlike Samarkand and Bukhara, there are no ancient...

sant felip de neri square: spanish civil war scars in barcelona

The Spanish Civil War , was a military revolt against the Republican government of Spain, supported by conservative elements within the country. When an...

sad days for the unesco sites in mali

One person’s religious icon is another person’s reason to scream idolatry. That’s fine, as long as each respects the others belief systems. When that...

the cafe culture of zagreb, croatia

For me, searching for a suitable cafe is a ritual akin to a dog finding a proper place to pee. In this sense, Zagreb,...

silver lake california and williamsburg brooklyn: two ends of a secret hipster worm-hole?

For those of you familiar with the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, you have probably taken the L train from the East Village.   On your...

the pacific island nation of tuvalu has only a few days of water left

Tuvalu is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and Australia, and an independent nation since it achieved independence...

vlog from the shwedagon pagoda, yangon, myanmar

The Shwedagon is a gilded pagoda and stupa 325 ft in height that is located in Yangon, Myanmar. The pagoda lies to the...

palmyra, syria, part three: its wonderful people [and a hookah party]

Staying in Tadmur, the modern town next to the ancient ruins of Palmyra, was quite an experience. I was there in January so the...

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