Ever since I went on my first long-distance walk, the Hadrian’s Wall Path in England, I have been wondering: “Why am I only bumping into other white folks?” In most British cities, there was a vibrant and colorful diversity of … Continue reading
Posted in Germany, Military, Romania, Statistics, Travel, UK, USA
Tagged Hadrian's Wall path, hiking, racism, refugees, society, sociology, West Highland Way
I like Bill Bryson and have enjoyed some of his other books, but Neither Here nor There, his account of traveling through Europe from Norway to Istanbul, is disappointing. The book is full of clichés that you already knew about … Continue reading
At 16:00 there would be a basketball game, I had heard. So I was there at 16:00 sharp. There, but alone. No players, no spectators, no ball, no ice-cream vendor whose presence would have been highly desirable in the heat. … Continue reading
I had an appointment at the Georgian Heritage Preservation Council to talk about cultural heritage in the country. But the entrance to the building told me everything I needed to know.
Reading the book Schwarze Erde, I became aware of a village in Ukraine that was calculated and named as the geographical center of Europe in 1887: Dilove. “Really?“ I wondered, not because I would begrudge Dilove the distinction, but because I had … Continue reading
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Tagged Czech Republic, Europos Parkas, geography, Slovakia, Ukraine
“If nights were as long as I love you, dawn would never come.” (Photographed in Podgorica, Montenegro.)
It was the last day of October. It was foggy. It was cold. It was wet. It was gloomy. But these sheep in Žabljak in Montenegro didn’t seem to mind.