The strange death of Europe*

Champs-Elysées, Paris, Saturday March 16th. (c) Marie Magnin/Hans Lucas. I was born in the Far-East, raised in Africa (the South?), went to Grad school in the US (The West? The North?). I’ve lived in (South) America for 30 years this coming December. In my compass-mad life, I have always looked back at Western Europe (ironically…

In search of the lost Buddha

Siem Reap, June 23, 1866. “Garnier is seriously ill. Caught the fevers again. Not doing too good myself. It has taken us longer than expected from Phnomh-Penh. The river, the jungle, the unbearable heat… are taking their toll on the expedition. Carné and Delaporte seem to be all right. They take this expedition as an…

Pot-pourri 60 minus 1

“Show me the way to the next whisky bar”… Butte-aux-cailles, Paris, 2018. Scotty is still fishing in Elizabethan Scotland. He claims the trouts were bigger at that time. I told him not to mess with Elizabeth. The first. Spock and Uhura are on a date in Aldebaran. Spock? A date? That leaves Mr. Sulu and…

A morning walk, Bogotá

“The mother of Light”. There is an electricity plant a block and a half away from my mother-in-law’s. The walls had just been painted afresh. I’ve seen this particular artist in my previous – and exciting – street art safari in Bogotá. I will look for the other mural for comparison. “What’s on the menu?”.…