An Italian holiday, cont’d…

Andiamo. Let’s go. “Andiamo” is possibly the first Italian word I ever learnt… Italian is a bit of a mystery to me. Never took a single class. Never lived in Italy. My parents had a few Italian friends in West Africa. I remember Ambassador Sciascia. Who spoke perfect French. Did I pick Italian in the…

Trotsky. The museum

Lev Davidovitch Bronstein (1879-1940), “nom de guerre” Trotsky, was a Soviet revolutionary, the founder of the Red Army, assassinated by orders of Stalin in 1940. His museum in Mexico city is privately run by his descendants, grandson and great-granddaughters. (Photo: (c)ourtesy the Trostky museum, Mexico city. The back of Trostky’s last house is, strangely enough,…

An African childhood. Part 5*

My sister and I spent most of our childhood in Africa, West and East, from 1959 to 1971 with a brief interlude in Amsterdam. What you learn as a child stays with you always. Above: munching elephant in Uganda, Murchison Falls, source of the Nile, 1969. White rhinos, Uganda, 1969. The term “white” is a…

A morning walk, Yucat√°n

Pete the pelican, Akumal, Yucat√°n peninsula. Dic. 2019. A stairway to heaven. Cob√°, Yucat√°n. (Note: Technically the eastern part of Yucat√°n became a full-fledged state, called Quintana Roo, in 1974. Canc√ļn, Tulum, are in “Quintana Roo”. Yet, geographically, historically and culturally it still is Yucat√°n, the land of the Maya. Cob√°, near Tulum, is one…

FRIENDX

I saw him for the first time in Anzures. He had grey hair. Green eyes. Barely gave me a passing glance. He was coming from Leibnitz Street, crossing Gutenberg Street. I say “street”. It is more wood than street now with all the grass and trees that have grown through the asphalt. He was jogging…

World street art tour. Cont’d.

Paris, m√©tro Nationale. 13th arrondissement. 2019. Many buildings have been painted over. A unique display of immense street art. A great initiative from City Hall. Just noticed the artist’s name. Inti is a Chilean artist born in Valparaiso whose work can be seen from Chile to Colombia (I’ll pay more attention on my next trip)…

A morning walk, Singapore

Sir Stamford Raffles (1786-1821). National Singapore Museum. Raffles founded the city and harbour of Singapore in the early 1800’s, negotiating a deal with the local Sultan. The strategy was to create a British stronghold to balance the Dutch domination of Indonesia. Raffles was born on a ship off the coast of Jamaica. A “colonial” of…

Travellers 3.14159

Ms. Fox and Catwoman. Tlalpan, Mexico city. Travellers 79 & 80. Welcome to the 21st. Like your hair. Traveller 81. Line 1, Paris. Like your shoes. Same Time-Space continuum. Traveller not identified. “Uhura? Could you adjust the cameras a tad? Thank you.” “Yes, Captain. Roger that.” Second thoughts? Montmartre, 2019. Travellers 61 & 62. “Shema…

An Italian holiday*

Vacanze Romane. A Roman holiday. An enchanting film by William Wyler, with the adorable Audrey Hepburn and charming Gregory Peck. Okay. Three adjectives in a single sentence is way too much, but so be it. This post is for our Italian friends who were the first to take the blow in the West. An Italian…