Sicily and Malta.2 – Siracusa Wed. & Thu.

Why three nights in Siracusa? That island city’s key treasures and its historical importance in the ancient, storied, Greek world (larger than Athens and Corinth in its time). We (well, mostly I…) like to arrive and have one or two days on our own before joining a guided tour. Siracusa was a perfect choice. We … Continue reading “Sicily and Malta.2 – Siracusa Wed. & Thu.”

North Dakota Fascism – A Wake-Up Call?

Bleakness abounds. Politicians with considerable power turn away. Mammon rules with asymptotically growing crudity, cruelty and excess, even without Trump in “power.” No big surprise that American “democracy” is a crock if one’s eyes are truly open to HRC’s portrayal by Wikileaks. We have learned nothing from the fascism of the past and, ironically, we … Continue reading “North Dakota Fascism – A Wake-Up Call?”

For Our Grandkids

*** Head down. Bum up. A delightful, irreverent, Aussie phrase for unthinking submission to the status quo, blind faith in the “experts.” I got the expression from a great CBC Ideas Podcast called It’s the  Economists, Stupid on the scary B.S. and hubris of this pseudo-science. Sometimes I picture a worker bending over in a field… or something … Continue reading “For Our Grandkids”

Budapest – Magical Beauty and Artistry

Monday, May 4: A dinner cruise! What an intro to Budapest! Insight Vacations had booked us on a boat of our own for a dinner cruise on the Danube on the night we arrived! We arrived in Budapest at 16:15, having left Vienna’s Museum Quarter at 12:40.  It’s a  250 km drive East. We checked … Continue reading “Budapest – Magical Beauty and Artistry”

Our First Nations Peoples – Failed Attempts To Be Us?

If the current Environmental Assessment Act is sufficient to protect all lakes and rivers, why did the government deem it necessary to include a small list of both key and posh waterways in the new Navigation Protection Act for special attention? Even the Oldman River’s process and final ruling was ignored by the Alberta government, … Continue reading “Our First Nations Peoples – Failed Attempts To Be Us?”

Fes

We opted against Insight’s included tour of the Fes medina, opting to hire a personal guide for a full day. This gave us more time there and much freer movement. We decided this before leaving Canada. I found a superb young man, named Younes, through a very helpful woman on Lonely Planet’s forum, who visits … Continue reading “Fes”

Cuba – A Reflection in 2010

February 26th, 2010 We returned on February 12, 2010 from a 17 day holiday in Cuba staying with Cuban families in Habana, Trinidad, Bayamo, Santiago and Baracoa. It was self-planned and wonderful. It has taken me two weeks to mull over the experience before writing about it, other than to put the photos up on … Continue reading “Cuba – A Reflection in 2010”