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fire drill friday

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indistinguishable from magic

Returning from a family get-together in Toronto, my father, my brother J and I stopped at the Ontario Science Centre. We had been to the Royal Ontario Museum the day before. The ROM did not disappoint our memories. The OSC … Continue reading

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Dublin in a nutshell

A friend who has been living in Ireland explains it to me: “I’ve been here long enough to see the rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger. The fall started in September 2008 when the first banks failed. Those in … Continue reading

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the frankenpassport

August 26, 1996 – August 26, 2006   Basic pre-bar code US passport with the usual eight pages of travel instructions in front including reminders not to go to Cuba, Libya or North Korea, and to phone home regularly. Being … Continue reading

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Back home. Cannot believe that I spent yesterday in Bucharest, in fact mostly enjoyed it once I got outside the train station. Bucharest actually has a large number of beautiful buildings, not all of which could have belonged to the … Continue reading

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I’m in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria at the Egg School, aka syntax camp. The school is being held at American University of Bulgaria, formerly the local communist party headquarters, now a fully functioning campus with a baseball team, gay and lesbian task … Continue reading

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In 1995, I wrote in my journal, “Budapesters love dogs. They don’t pick up after them.” This has not changed. In other respects,¬†though, Budapest has been tarted up beyond recognition. And without becoming a tourist theme park like Prague. It’s … Continue reading

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“My father, a man without any means, a student, before 1914, travelled the whole of Europe with a University of Vienna student canteen card, and there was only one bizarre country called the Russian Empire which had something called a … Continue reading

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