We never cease to be amazed at just how the Berlin/Brandenburg area excels in providing these historically significant and contemporary points of interest, within easy one day outings.
Morocco Sahara Odyssey
Morocco is a country filled with history, fabulous food, incredible scenery, warm and friendly people and a little bit of mystery.
Casa Pilerne in Goa, India
Marianne de Nazareth
It's a great feeling, for never in all our years of driving down to Goa, in South India, from Bangalore, have we ever arrived, in time, to eat lunch in Panjim, on the same day that we left.
Around the world in 30 days
J West Hardin - Part Two
Shanghai to Helsinki
Our next leg was going to take us through Shanghai airport as transit passengers enroute to Helsinki , Finland.
8 days, 4 ships, 3 concerts and 7 locations –a magical musical tour through the French countryside
Exile in Bogota
I find myself this Easter in Bogota, the capital city of Colombia. It is much quieter here than in Mexico, with none of the passion plays of orgiastic violence which Mexicans seem to celebrate
Thanks for Driving Around
I was taken somewhat aback earlier this month when I overheard some of the fellows in the clubhouse referring to the fact that the earth’s climate was improving due to the traffic congestion on the highways.
Republican Establishment Cleans House
Reince Priebus is on the wagon. The RNC chairman's days of drunken violence and crude behavior are behind him. Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and the faux conservative uprising of 2010 has been duly defeated
The Buffet Rule?
It's national campaign time and the Democrats have joined the crazy. Six months of idiocy from the Republicans was apparently enough. Check that; to understand what is going on in congress with what is officially coined the Paying a Fair Share Act is merely the volley returned for the TEA Party induced mayhem that stalled Capitol Hill during last year's Debt Ceiling Debate.
Back to 1934 (10.04.12 Update)
The Spectre of Civil War
James Skinner on Modern Spain
1934 was the year Spain went completely berserk and divided the country into dozens if not hundreds of political factions of all sorts that eventually led Generalissimo Franco to come back from Morocco a beat the hell out of all of them
A Rational Perspective
Some time ago, a friend who was experiencing a particularly perplexing period in his life due to financial and marital misfortunes, offered the comment that “life is really a crap shoot.”
The Bigger Man
Fly the friendly skies, my ass. Bumpy as a back road. First the security dick with that stupid scanning device, making me open my suitcase, embarrassing the hell out of me...
Phones - and automation
The London Book Fair 2012
China and Digital signal the big changes
A Month of Letters
I had come across a letter writing challenge A Month of Letters set up by American author Mary Robinette Kowal. challenge in February
On the Hemingway Trail
Some years ago, on a trip to Havana, Hemingway's granddaughter Mariel is reported to have said: “Cuba has three icons - Che and Fidel and my grandfather."
Durham’s crooked grey streets, stone castle and slow paced river attract coachloads of tourists every year. Lonely Planet’s ‘Thousand Things to do Before You Die’ book cites Durham as a top destination for visitors to Britain.
The Missing Ritual
Since the beginning of recorded history, and likely long before, humans have given special recognition to important events that occur, often quite predictably, throughout the various stages of the life cycle.