Blindness and Bacalhau in Lisbon

Marissa and I arrived in Lisbon with two enormous bags filled with blindness. We dragged them like sacks of bones, dried and daydream-induced, powdery in an afternoon where several sunsets competed for travel manuscripts of old routes. We were lost. We can’t find our hotel in the confusion of an ancient city, washed by the … More Blindness and Bacalhau in Lisbon

Delphi and the Oracle of the Present

“As mortals we should behave as mortals.” – Euripides, Greek playwright Among the many surprises and conveniences about modern life, learning while staring history from a safe distance is one of them.  Mortality is a mordant gift.  It is man’s most excellent opportunity to learn and grow. We can experience history even in the abstract as a fresh … More Delphi and the Oracle of the Present

Unencumbered Budapest, a Memory Pursued

Janacek, the bus driver from Bohemia, wanted to understand the city the way his locale grew complexities and evolved from its past.  He underestimated Budapest.  He tried to stay away from the nerve of this city, Andrassy Avenue.   Instead, he brought us to the peripheries of this proud Hungarian city, the Queen of the Danube.   With insouciance,  he simply reconciled … More Unencumbered Budapest, a Memory Pursued