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Geneva: Thoughts on Relative Fame

January 20, 2017 10:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I’m in Geneva to give a talk at a linguistics conference with an Atelier Saussure-Chomsky (atelier = workshop). A good reason such a conference is held in Geneva is because the Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913) lived and taught here. The American linguist Noam Chomsky is, presumably, included because... read more

What I’m Reading V: Scandinavian Trilogy

January 13, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

My self-styled Scandinavian Trilogy. Reading is an important part of writing. Reading instructs, and reading inspires. I’m rarely without a book.  What are you reading these days? I recently made my own Scandinavian trilogy by reading three books in a row – A Man Called Ove, Blind Goddess and Smilla’s... read more

Mulhouse, France at a Glance

January 6, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Mulhouse (pronounced: moolooze) is near the top of the map in France, a bit north and west of Basel. It is in the historic province of Alsace. Since I was hanging around Basel for a few days, I decided it would be a good idea to do a day-trip to... read more

Factual London – a travel blog

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

Note: I spent the last week of August in Factual London (which I am distinguishing from Fictional London). Visting London gives a sense of the cityscape. London Architecture praises its architecture. Here I offer further observations on my experience in the last international stop on my five-month around-the-world tour. Next... read more

London Architecture – a travel blog

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

Note: I spent the last week of August in London. Visiting London 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

Visiting London – a travel blog

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 … Look Right, Look Left signs are painted on the streets at every corner. Very helpful! These signs have helped me – and likely every foreign traveler – to escape... read more

Balcic 5.0 – a travel blog (Repost)

August 9, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Balcic, Bulgaria. Cover Photo Credit: Boby Dimitrov, via Wikimedia Commons. Authorized for reuse under Creative Commons. Note: This is a repost of the blog post I wrote last year when I was in Balcic, Bulgaria. This is the fifth year in a row I’ve come with my Romanian friends to Balcic (also spelled... read more