Return to India

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I have returned to India for four months. While I don’t expect it to be as life-changing as my first trip, I hope to have some fun stories to tell. I’ll write in my India Journal.  See you there.


We are about to get in the car and head down to France, Germany and Italy. We will catch a few stages of the Tour de France, and then spend 10 days in Freiburg, where Sarah used to live. We also plan to spend a day or two in my old stomping grounds of Tübingen where they have lots of free space and beautiful gardens for the people to enjoy.

Finally we are heading down to Lake Como in Italy. We are meeting our friend Laura for a week of beautiful walks, and delicious food. On other article, if you need masks for snorkeling and water activities take a look at this.

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Along the way, I will post some pictures here. I also plan to visit some nice wineries and brew pubs and write a few articles for my new project: Drink!

Thoughts on the European Election: the reluctant patriot

The election for the EU parliament wrapped up on Sunday.  The results are in, and have set me to thinking.  Across Europe right-wing parties trounced the left.  Several countries will be sending far-right, immigrant-bashing parties to Brussels.  In Great Britain, Labor came in third, while a radical nationalist party came in second.  Europe has swerved to the right.  Now I find myself in an odd position.

I’ve lived in Europe several times in the past, and always felt the ‘ugly American’.  In general I disagreed with U.S. foreign policy, and always felt a bit awkward when Europeans would confront me with it.  Likewise, I didn’t have answers when people asked why healthcare was so messed up in the U.S.  In general, I looked at the European system,  the soft-spoken politics, and slightly left-of-center governments with envy.

Now the U.S. has elected a black man president.  With the exception of Iceland, who has an openly lesbian Prime Minister, Europe is far behind.  Germany is not on the verge of electing somebody with Turkish parents Chancellor.  Quite the contrary, as the U.S. steers back towards sanity, it seems that the baton of Ausländerhaß will be passed to Europe.

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Michelle Obama caught a lot of flack for saying that she was finally proud of her country.  I understand what she means.  We all grow up with the story of the ‘melting pot’, and the idea that anybody can become president.  Now we went and proved it.  It’s not that I didn’t love my country before. We have some amazing qualities, foremost of all being hope and optimism. But, I guess I felt a bit like the child of an alcoholic.  You love your parent, but just wish he or she would stop drinking.  Well things have changed, and now I suddenly feel like Scout to America’s Atticus Finch.

This seems an odd way to kick off my blog, but there you go.

Pardon Our Dust


It has been 5 years since I updated my site, so I decided to migrate to something more modern.  Despite all my whining years ago about how I wasn’t going to blog:


I don’t really think you are going to learn who I am through a website. Don’t get me wrong, I like myself, it’s just that I don’t know that blathering on about my indie music interests and personal hygiene is either going to enlighten someone or bring them closer to me. Yes, I am using a blog engine, but I don’t plan to live in a glass house just yet.

I guess I’m going to try to keep this up to date.

More on my life soon… In the meantime, check out the revamped India pages.