“another body falls into the water” … More New Zealand of my Thirst
Marissa and I arrived in Lisbon with two enormous bags filled with blindness. We dragged them like sacks of bones, dried and daydream-induced, powdery in an afternoon where several sunsets competed for travel manuscripts of old routes. We were lost. We can’t find our hotel in the confusion of an ancient city, washed by the … More Blindness and Bacalhau in Lisbon
Ours was a movement and elegance of sailing in the Aegean Sea of Poseidon’s realm in that spring day. Islands of legends float on this Dodecanese area where Rhodes, Leros, Kos and other islets inhabited by not more than a thousand people live. There we’d passed some small towns, smaller villages then hills barren in … More Patmos and Aegean Sea of our Weariness
“As mortals we should behave as mortals.” – Euripides, Greek playwright Among the many surprises and conveniences about modern life, learning while staring history from a safe distance is one of them. Mortality is a mordant gift. It is man’s most excellent opportunity to learn and grow. We can experience history even in the abstract as a fresh … More Delphi and the Oracle of the Present
Janacek, the bus driver from Bohemia, wanted to understand the city the way his locale grew complexities and evolved from its past. He underestimated Budapest. He tried to stay away from the nerve of this city, Andrassy Avenue. Instead, he brought us to the peripheries of this proud Hungarian city, the Queen of the Danube. With insouciance, he simply reconciled … More Unencumbered Budapest, a Memory Pursued
“And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it…” Luke 19:41 … More A Portrait of My Jerusalem
Intoxication reeks of combustible ethanol on a head-ached opaque late morning. Even with all the force and platitudes dispensed from a historical milieu about the folly of drinking, the eminence of c’est la vie prevails. Even with how much you want to dash out the spoiled offspring of fermentation with obsequious courtesy, the bastard called … More C’est la vie Paris and be drunk!