Grenada:  sleep disruptions and a short update

March 13, 2022 Washington was cold and I didn’t venture far outside the house. While Marina and Sofia were in school I was working, and at night went out for dinner.  It was good to see them. I didn’t see anybody else, except Richard briefly one afternoon, and was in bed early every night.  Still, … Continue reading Grenada:  sleep disruptions and a short update

Paris:  Morozov, cornered rats, Bulgakov, Don Giovanni, the invisible object, and of course food

March 5, 2022 Morocco was uneventful; not much to write about. When leaving Tunisia I got back my mini drone and upon entrance in Rabat it went unnoticed. When departing though, I was stopped again by security, this time because of the sat phone and yellow brick I’m taking to the boat. After answering several … Continue reading Paris:  Morozov, cornered rats, Bulgakov, Don Giovanni, the invisible object, and of course food

Tunisia:  missing stools, wrong man at the helm, failed spy, move on

February 19, 2022 I’ve been here for two weeks, working. Although I do meet some government counterparts in their offices many meetings are still virtual and I connect from the hotel, the Movenpick in Gammart. So, I spend a lot of time in this hotel writing in the lobby (there is a couch I like … Continue reading Tunisia:  missing stools, wrong man at the helm, failed spy, move on

Bangkok:  new place and elephant;  my hand and Hemingway’s advice; Annihilate; passage Grenada-Panama

February 1st. We moved to our new apartment 7 days ago; it was an uneventful, stress-free move.  Everything we own has found its new place, including paintings that were hung on Wednesday and even Natalia’s shoes and bags.  Over the weekend I also bought some new art:  a beautiful elephant I found in the local … Continue reading Bangkok:  new place and elephant;  my hand and Hemingway’s advice; Annihilate; passage Grenada-Panama

KHo Mook:  routine, cave, gallery of Babel, freezing and solar power for ANTARES

June 23 We have converged to a sort of steady-state here, and only our daily routines give us a sense of time. Coffee soon after sunrise drank while checking e-mails; every other day a run to the other side of the island for a swim and workout (the whole thing takes around one hour); work … Continue reading KHo Mook:  routine, cave, gallery of Babel, freezing and solar power for ANTARES

Ko Muk: escape, Explora, long-tail boats, ants, and ethanol.

January 15, 2022 This morning we woke up to a beautiful sunrise.  From our bed I could see the beach turning white, the sea slowly drifting south, the silhouette of a large canoe its anchor light fading, in the distance an island emerging from darkness and, behind, an arc of the sun. Natalia discovered this … Continue reading Ko Muk: escape, Explora, long-tail boats, ants, and ethanol.

St. Georges – Grenada:  Christmas and New Years with Antares,

December 31st, 2021 Two nights ago I woke up because of a noise I coudn’t recognize; probably water sloshing in the, by then, almost empty water reserve tank. Antares was lurching trying to escape her mooring, the wind was howling, keeping the cabin cool as it flowed through the open hatch of the V berth. … Continue reading St. Georges – Grenada:  Christmas and New Years with Antares,

Chiang Mai:  last facial,  turbulence and an anomaly, BKK-HKT-AUH-IAD

December 6, 2021 I wanted to post this before we fly to DC latter today, Friday. I had started writing last Monday, in Gate 4  at the domestic terminal of Chiang Mai’s airport where we were waiting for our flight back to Bangkok, but couldn’t finish and I had a busy week.   We flew … Continue reading Chiang Mai:  last facial,  turbulence and an anomaly, BKK-HKT-AUH-IAD

Bangkok:  hand; TG duck and a can of foie gras; love; Transat

November 29, 2021 My hand is recovering, slowly.  Ten days after the surgery I can type better but making a fist or holding anything with some mass is still out of the question.  Yesterday I went for a run for the first time since the surgery and did some pull-ups.  It will be a while … Continue reading Bangkok:  hand; TG duck and a can of foie gras; love; Transat