Learning in Africa

We spent most of the month of July in Namibia, Zambia and Tanzania with family.  Here are a few things I learned. 1. Washing clothes by hand cleans your fingernails and stretches your hamstrings.  Sometimes, while traveling, washing machines are available.  Sometimes they are not.  In Africa, it seems Westerners are often content to wear… Read More Learning in Africa

A Demolition, and other forms of unplanned entertainment in Europe

It was a dinosaur.  There’s no other way to describe the gnashing, crushing jaws, and the swaying neck that toppled the wall into rubble and sent the roof collapsing.  In minutes, smiling faces were buried under piles of Lisbon ceramic roof tiles, twisted rebar and mangled air conditioners.  We were fascinated, pausing longer than intended… Read More A Demolition, and other forms of unplanned entertainment in Europe

Commitment, Europe’s Bridges and How to Finally Free Your Toddler from the Curse of the Pacifier/Binkie/Dummy

In Europe, bridges don’t look like they used to.  Over the course years, many famous bridges have become weighed down with excess metal in the form of padlocks.  Tradition, hearsay and plain nonsense suggests that two lovers who fix a padlock to a bridge and throw the key in the river will seal their love… Read More Commitment, Europe’s Bridges and How to Finally Free Your Toddler from the Curse of the Pacifier/Binkie/Dummy