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I is for immigration

Three of my four grandparents were Ukrainian Jews who immigrated to the US around the turn of the last century. The other one was born in the US, but her … Continue reading

April 10, 2013 · 3 Comments

Het komt wel goed, schatje!

There’s a commercial on Dutch TV that I was reminded of recently, in which a young boy is picked up at school by his mother. As he approaches her, he’s … Continue reading

February 8, 2011 · Leave a comment

Cleanliness and Filth

I’m puzzled by Chinese attitudes toward cleanliness. The cities we’ve seen so far: Beijing, Chengde, Datong, Pingyao and where we are now, Hancheng, are dirty, loud, crowded places. People spit … Continue reading

August 9, 2010 · 3 Comments

Impressions of Beijing

I read quite a bit in guidebooks about Beijing before we came here. Much of what we read was true, but a lot of what I’ve seen (and it’s only … Continue reading

August 1, 2010 · 1 Comment

Street Children

Kirundo, Burundi, August 9 There are a lot of street children here. They wander around town, dressed in rags the colour of the earth, and beg for money. So, of … Continue reading

August 9, 2009 · Leave a comment

Twa Pottery

Kirundo, Burundi, August 9 On Friday we were taken to visit a potter, with one of the English teachers, named Claude, as our guide. On the ride there, which turned … Continue reading

August 9, 2009 · Leave a comment

Status in Burundi

Kirundo, Burundi, Tuesday, August 4 Social status seems to be a big issue in Burundi. We were certainly all aware already that there is a big difference between the poorest … Continue reading

August 4, 2009 · Leave a comment

Tough Meat

Kirundo, Birundi, Monday, August 3 I was sick yesterday: stomach cramps at regular intervals, a mild fever, a headache and general aches and pains all over my body. The cause … Continue reading

August 3, 2009 · Leave a comment

The First Day

  Friday, July 24, Bujumbura, Burundi It’s 1:30 in the morning. We just arrived, and I’d really like to go to bed, but I’m waiting for the hotel to bring … Continue reading

July 24, 2009 · Leave a comment

Burundi’s canvas

  I’ve been trolling youtube lately, watching videos of Burundi (like this one), in preparation for my trip there in July. In the videos – if you look past the … Continue reading

April 27, 2009 · Leave a comment