Beirut: content, candlelights, the sea, pampered, falling apart

May 14, 2020 The return trip to Washington DC last Friday was a fiasco.  The flight from Grenada to Miami was delayed and I would have missed the connection to DC except that flight was also delayed — as were the bags.  I got home at 3am on Saturday.   But it was good to … Continue reading Beirut: content, candlelights, the sea, pampered, falling apart

DC & New York: quality time, gene editing, and the trip to Antares

April, 15 2021 Writing from the train that is taking Sofia and I from New York back to Washington DC.  NY city was very much alive even though most humans on the streets were wearing masks. Unfortunately, or fortunately, the trip was interrupted by Sofia’s soccer practices and we didn’t get to do everything we … Continue reading DC & New York: quality time, gene editing, and the trip to Antares

Beirut: religion and COVID, Phoenician Wall, Rounding the Horn

March 28, 2021 One more week, one more weekend.  Not much to report. Several religious celebrations are taking place, creating the conditions for the virus to spread. Thursday was a holiday here; the Feast of the Annunciation. I didn’t teach.  Today is Sunday of Palms and the streets were brimming with Homo Sapiens. I just … Continue reading Beirut: religion and COVID, Phoenician Wall, Rounding the Horn

Beirut: a pleasant weekend, still no government, progress planning the sailing trip

Mach 22, 2021 It was an uneventful weekend. Saturday we were invited for lunch at a friend’s house to celebrate her birthday. We had home-made Lebanese food, arak, plenty of wine, and multiple desserts. We came back late and Sunday we paid the consequences.  But I did manage to go for a run at the … Continue reading Beirut: a pleasant weekend, still no government, progress planning the sailing trip

El Kfour: escaping reality, a new interpretation of psychosis, got airplane tickets.

March 14, 2020 Yesterday we moved to another bubble where we continue to scape reality.  We left the apartment yesterday, Saturday, morning and drove to El Kfour, a village in the mountains north of Beirut that overlooks the bay of Jounieh.  We are staying at Beit Trad - Guest House. It used to be the … Continue reading El Kfour: escaping reality, a new interpretation of psychosis, got airplane tickets.

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