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Basel, Switzerland at a Glance

January 3, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Title Image: A view of Basel’s Old Town from the Rhine River Happy New Year! And New Year 2017 has me in Switzerland – first stop Basel. I’m giving a talk at a linguistics conference in Geneva in a few days so I thought I’d expand my excursion a bit.... read more

Durham, NC – A Foodie Town

October 21, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Title Image: Food Truck Rodeo, Farmer’s Market, Central Park, Durham NC – even food truck food in Durham is delicious Fifteen years ago Durham did not have a restaurant culture, and the downtown was dead. There was only the now-closed Magnolia Grill, which had opened in 1986 on Ninth Street... read more

Charlotte, North Carolina

October 4, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Toward the end of September Charlotte, NC captured negative national attention for being the latest city rocked by protests in the wake of the shooting death of an African-American man at the hands of the police. Two days after the incidents I went to Charlotte to visit family, and I... read more

Duke University: Under Construction

September 30, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Title Photo: Duke’s West Campus, seen from the dorm quads In April, when I left Durham, North Carolina for my around-the-world trip, I was not expecting to return to Duke University in September and find it one of the more surprising places I’ve been in the past few months. And... read more

London #3

September 9, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Note: I spent the last week of August in London. London #1 gives a sense of the cityscape. London #2 praises its architecture. Here I offer further observations on my experience in the last international stop on my five-month around-the-world tour. Brexit. You can’t spend an hour in London without... read more

London #2

September 6, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Note: I spent the last week of August in London. London #1 gives a sense of the cityscape. In this post I’ll delve into London Architecture.  Georgian (1714-1830). When I visit London, I stay in Bloomsbury, an area chock full of Georgian architecture. The hotel where I stay, the Grange White... read more

The Bad, The Annoying and The ???

September 2, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The following stories lead to travel tips. Around New Year’s 2010 I went to Brazil. At the Manaus airport in Amazonas State, I was looking up at the information board to find my flight home. I was going to São Paulo where I was to get my connecting plane back... read more

London #1

August 30, 2016 7:42 am Published by 3 Comments

London is my last stop on my around-the-world journey that began five months ago. You know you’re in London when …

Ten Things To Know About Bulgaria

August 12, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I’m now in Bulgaria, at Balcic (also spelled Balchik), a resort town on the Black Sea. We’re staying at the Regina Maria Hotel with our balcony hardly 30 yards from water’s edge. See my blog: Bulgaria 5.0 This is the sixth time I’ve been here, and it’s high time I’ve... read more