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It Takes How Long to Find An Apartment in Stockholm?

We found ourselves in central Stockholm surrounded by bikes – but not a single one was a City Bike. Nor was there wifi. AA started hunting for internet. Meanwhile, I stopped a fellow pedestrian. “Oh, the funny-looking bikes. Just go straight and they are either on the left or right,” he told us. And with that […]

Want to Know What It’s Like to Live on Wall Street?

Life on Wall Street is probably not how you imagine it. It’s quiet, messy and, by New York standards at least, somewhat dull. There are more fast-food joints than brunch places here and the stately beauty of the elderly banking edifices are somewhat overwhelmed by the noise of more recent structures. As AA says, “Wall Street […]

Reykjavik, Iceland: Of Lagoons and Fishing Disputes

AA left the Reykjavik airport grumpy. Not a single shop in the arrival hall had allowed him to buy a banana without a valid departure ticket. Hungry and thus primed, AA was not impressed with his first glance of Reykjavik proper, empty in the early morning light. “What are we in North Korea? Is this a […]

Newcastle, Australia: From London to Newcastle—10,544 Miles

I am a fundamentally organized person. ‘Type A’ where the idea of 2,364 unread emails (junk or otherwise) gives me palpitations. Or even one unread email, come to think of it. The point is I couldn’t possibly move across the world without having anywhere to live, a job to start or really any other reason […]

Dublin, Ireland: Connections to Home

St Patrick’s Day was just a few days ago. Sadly, we missed the holiday in Dublin, but New York City put on quite a show. Now St. Patrick’s may normally be just an excuse to cut loose for a bit, but the holiday is also a reminder of how important our Irish ancestors have been […]

Cap Cana, Dominican Republic: You Can’t Escape Politics

AA loves his new GoPro (you may have noticed from the videos included in a few of my recent posts). It is by far his favorite purchase of the past year – much to the delight of my family who now have enough GoPro–related items to last a number of birthdays. AA is cautious of […]

Lake George, New York: Finding Friluftsliv in the Big Apple

My relationship with winter has been an on and off again one, as I imagine it is for most. When I was young in Wilmette, I don’t remember ever feeling the cold. There was just the excitement of the first snowfall and the anxious hope that it would arrive around Christmas when everything was still […]

Chicago, Illinois: Urban Crime, Mayhem and Metropolitan Beauty

My father is from Mississippi and my mother grew up in Chicago, both lived in unforgiving environments. My grandmother (father’s mother) moved to Chicago in the 1960’s when many black folks from the south were relocating north for a better life. It seems that when she arrived here she got very comfortable because she sank […]

Paris, France: Paris is for Jim

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.” William Blake, Marriage of Heaven and Hell. “Indeed, Allah [alone] has knowledge of the Hour and sends down the rain and […]

Costa Rica: The Forest Will Provide

Vines make up 30% of the forest’s mass,” Sergio said, pointing to the canopy below us. We had passed the line between new and old-growth forest, and the wind changed. The breeze grew stronger and the smell of moisture intensified. Relaxing in the verdant air, we continued onward, high above the dry rainforest of Costa […]