RSSCategory: Go

La Séparation: Falling Out of Love With Paris

| December 15, 2012 | 1 Comment

How can you tell when a beloved, elegant aunt is starting to lose it? When she starts fussing over trivia? Losing her jewellery? Switching off lights on some neurotic economy drive? Welcome — oooh là là — to Paris 2012. Once upon a time, if you were celebrating a birthday or anniversary or got engaged […]

Continue Reading

I See Dead People; So Can You

| November 13, 2012 | 2 Comments

  I was barely awake when I flipped open my laptop and saw the photo.  I gasped. It was of a dead woman — a nun — in a crystal casket, her face lit from the interior. And the caption read, “At the Mother Cabrini Shrine in NYC.” I emailed my friend asking him where I […]

Continue Reading

One Neighborhood, Five Things — Hell’s Kitchen, NYC

| October 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

Yes, “Hell’s Kitchen.” The area in Manhattan from 34th Street to 59th Street and west of Eighth Avenue, goes by many names: Midtown, Midtown West, West Side, the Theater District, and Hell’s Kitchen. It is not, however, known by its official name, “Clinton,” no matter how many times New York City officials write it on […]

Continue Reading

One Neighborhood, Five Pubs — The Steyne, Dublin 2

| August 1, 2012 | 1 Comment

  My neighborhood doesn’t seem to have a modern name, and like most neighborhoods in Dublin, it is identified by the closest pub. There are probably fifteen pubs within a three-block radius of my apartment. For my own purposes I am going to use the 13th-century name for it, The Steyne, though at that time […]

Continue Reading

Scamography. Vol. 03 — VietNam

| July 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

There are two reasons why VietNam was able to defeat such giants as the Chinese, the French, and later the Americans, and those qualities are still very much alive in the VietNamese people today: blinding persistence and cunning. The Pham Gnu Lao section of SaiGon is a bustling traveler’s ghetto where virtually anything you can […]

Continue Reading

Scamography. Vol. 02 — Egypt

| July 19, 2012 | 2 Comments

I stared at the blank screen pondering which city to feature for the second chapter of Scamography. It’s fertile ground in the world of touts and scam artists and it’s hard to choose: from Parisian gypsies, to Muscovite policemen and Levantine Lotharios, and every place in-between. Then, out of the corner of my eye,  I […]

Continue Reading

One Neighborhood, Five Things — Indre By, Copenhagen

| July 17, 2012 | 2 Comments

The Danish capital of Copenhagen is a mini-metropolis that easily surpasses nearly every city in the world in aspects of livability. The Danes are famous for their food, for their environmental sensitivity, for their open and diverse culture, for their sense of design, and for their continuing pursuit of science. And if all of this […]

Continue Reading

Scamography Vol. 01 – India

| July 6, 2012 | 6 Comments

  Over the years, and across five continents, I have seen many travelers fall prey to the cunning of scam artists. And it should be noted that their targets know no age, nor social strata. I’ve seen it everywhere, from teenagers weeping over empty backpacks on a train in Thailand; to a well-heeled woman in […]

Continue Reading

One Neighborhood, Five Things – Alphabet City, NYC

| June 27, 2012 | 5 Comments

Once considered a feared no man’s land chock-full of gangs, drug dealers, and squatters, Alphabet City has cleaned up its act — more or less — and become a safer place to live and visit. This scrappy little bitch sister of both the Lower East Side and the East Village has finally come into its […]

Continue Reading

The Dutch You Didn’t Know You Knew — ‘Geeks,’ ‘Cookies,’ ‘Coleslaw,’ and More!

| June 24, 2012 | 7 Comments

  I admitted to the counterman in Amsterdam recently how embarrassed I was that I’d only learned a few niceties in the lingua franca for my trip. “Never mind,” he said. “Everyone speaks English here. Anyway, you already know a lot more Dutch than you think you do.” He was right; a few hours — […]

Continue Reading