Back in Beirut: lock-down, vaccines, and climate change

February 28, 2021 We arrived to Beirut on February 15, late afternoon, after a very long and tedious trip from Ecuador with scales in Atlanta and Paris. The city remains under lockdown; most businesses are closed and to go out one needs to get a permit from a government web site, indicating when you are … Continue reading Back in Beirut: lock-down, vaccines, and climate change

Casa Blanca: Missing opportunities for the local economy

January 28, 2021 We are still here in Casa Blanca and will likely stay put for another two weeks.  Beirut remains under a lockdown, apparently the most stringent in the world.  We are in the mist of the rainy season. The skies are gray and heavy, the days humid and hot, and there are plenty … Continue reading Casa Blanca: Missing opportunities for the local economy

TG, Arm, Shouf Biosohere (Cedar Forest), Deir El Qamar, Mast, Fiestas de Quito

December 6, 2020 We had a fine Thanksgiving with a few friends who came over for lunch (the lockdown started at 5pm so we couldn’t do dinner).  I was in charge of the Turkey, gravy, the stuffing and the selection of wines.  This time I cooked the stuffing separately, in a casserole. I filled the turkey, … Continue reading TG, Arm, Shouf Biosohere (Cedar Forest), Deir El Qamar, Mast, Fiestas de Quito

Beirut: A new place, a new beginning, the start of the race, update

November 8, 2020 The last several weeks, particularly after October 12, have been very difficult; a struggle.  And not because of the situation in the country, not because of the explosion and personal losses. I will only say that relationships are sometimes complicated and require infinite patience and perseverance to make them work.   Things … Continue reading Beirut: A new place, a new beginning, the start of the race, update