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
November 12, 2021 I was here 20 years ago. I don’t think I have mentioned this before but I used to live in Bangkok; I was living and making a living in Thailand. But twenty years is a long time these days. Things change fast, towns and cities grow and transform themselves. I have vague … Continue reading Krabi: memories, consciousness and legal murders; new Mac; new tickets; new surgery; and a tour du Soleil .
October 31st, 2021 Last Sunday we ended our quarantine and moved to a suit that Natalia had found in Airbnb. It was not what we expected; on line the pictures looked nice but the real place was not. Thankfully, the owner and AirbnB agreed to reimburse us the money, so on Friday we moved to … Continue reading Bangkok: settling in; surgery; adDendum
October 23th, 2021 We have been in prison for almost seven days now. They let us go out for one hour in the morning but otherwise we are confined to our cell. They bring us mediocre food three times a day with water or a sugary juice of intense colors. Ethanol is not allowed. … Continue reading Bangkok: prisoner; no alcoholic.
October 11, 2021 We came back to Beirut exactly two weeks ago. We haven’t done much. Work, some cooking at night after weeks of eating out. I started teaching in a classroom (students who are fully vaccinated can attend the class), but not for long. We’re moving to Bangkok next Saturday. The movers come on … Continue reading Beirut: the last days….
September 25, 2021 We’ve changed cities. First time here for Natalia and I; a place I have always wanted to visit. In fact, we had airplane tickets and hotel reservations in March last year that we had to cancel when the virus started spreading and creating havoc. Paris is a beautiful city; Lisbon, I would … Continue reading Lisbone: rivers, rooftops, and streets; wines, single malts and installations; a BD
September 19, 2021 Natalia and I have been in Paris since last Sunday. We rented a small, very small, apartment close to Place de la République. It has a square hallway, a mini kitchen with everything you need to cook and an expresso machine, a living room, a dining room, and a bedroom with a … Continue reading Paris: graves, Iphigénie, art and decadence
September 5, 2021 It wasn’t planned this way but here I am, back in Beirut. The situation has continued to deteriorate, there have been talks about evacuation, and Natalia would have had to deal with it alone. So, on Saturday August 28 Marina, her friend, and I traveled to Washington DC. I stayed over the … Continue reading Beirut: not for long
August 9, Last was an eventful week. On August 05 we celebrated Marina’s 16th birthday. Friends came over at night for a BBQ and stayed until the early morning. Despite the dancing, we probably consumed too many calories and too much ethanol (in the form of wine). Still, the next day Natalia was able to … Continue reading Same – Casa-Blanca: Another BD, another departure, ethanol, back to ANTARES
July 1st I'm drinking coffee outside while I write this. There are a couple of cows across the river eating grass for breakfast under the sun. The sun hasn’t reached this place yet and it’s cold, so I had to wear a jacket. This is not Casa Blanca, I am no longer by the beach … Continue reading Tumbaco – Ecuador: Anthropocene; a BD; a departure; Drunk