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Delicate

More sad but tragically uncommon news from the U.S. yesterday; this time 20 elementary school children were among the murdered. Most stunning to me is that I'm…
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A Thousand Fires in Your Belly

When you come right down to it, all you have is yourself. Yourself is a sun with a thousand fires in your belly. The rest is nothing. I first came across that Picasso quote last August in a relatively quiet bridge underpass in Zurich. It was late morning but there wasn't any sun; a slight drizzle resumed its previous incarnation as a…
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Pussy Riot Calypso

Was very nice to see this simple act of Pussy Riot solidarity in a window display in a Zurich shop. In case you missed it, Spiegel had a good interview with…
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Summer: Festivals and Tomatoes

Ailsa of Where's my Backpack invited me to join a photo challenge on the theme of Summer, as in, What Does Summer Mean to You. Thanks so much for the invite - happy to oblige. :) Since moving to Europe eight years ago, and for a couple more before that, summer has meant a whirlwind of business travel, ranging from 3-4 days to upwards of two weeks.…
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August pic(k)s

You may have grown tired of seeing this last month, but I never tired of going there every day for two weeks. This is the Bird's Nest in Beijing, one of my…
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In Search of Katarina Witt at the Musée Olympique

LAUSANNE -- Less than six days ago I was still in Beijing, stuffing my suitcase with Olympic t-shirts and other knickknacks, trying to come down from an exhausting two weeks. This morning I saw stacks of that exact same officially licensed merchandise being sold in the Musee Olympique gift shop for three or four times the price. I didn't come here…
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30 Second Cheap Hotel Advisor – Lausanne

La Croisée Avenue Marc Dufour 15 Lausanne, Switzerland Stayed one night, 10-July 2007 If there's anything cheap in Switzerland, I have yet to find it. So La Croisée, at 110 CHF/night (66 EUR) has to be considered a good deal. A pleasant 10-minute walk from the main station (except if it's pouring rain and unseasonably cold like it was the morning I…
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