Author Archives: Rubén

Three cinemagraphic moments in Marseille

The Mediterranean Sea, the mistral winds, and its history make Marseille a sensorially captivating city. Petra and I spent the last two weeks of May exploring many of its arrondissements. We even sailed to Frioul Island, the shy sister of the Chateau d’If Island, where the Count of Montecristo spent 14 years as a prisoner […]

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Frauenstreik – huelga de mujeres – womens’s strike -Zürich

Last Friday June 14, 2019, thousands of people – mostly women – held demonstrations throughout Switzerland demanding equal pay, equal treatment, and denouncing gender violence.

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Portraits of Marseille

Marseille, the second largest city of France, is a melting pot of cultures, races, and traditions. Many Parisians deride it as a dirty city, “where Africa begins”. Obviously a racist comment. To me it is a vibrant, dirty, noisy, sunny, colorful, warm city, washed by the wonderful Mediteranean Sea, with people who are generally friendlier […]

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The Skinniest House in the World

During our recent visit to Marseille, we discovered the skinniest house in the world, designed by Erwin Wurm. It is located inside the Vieille Charité in the old Panier quarter of France’s second largest city. Make room and enjoy the photos.

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Héctor Abruña: a new member of the National Academy of Sciences

On April 27th 2019, I had the honor to see my brother Héctor Abruña being inducted into the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington DC.

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Japanese Cherry No. 5

Take 1 minute of your day to enjoy the view of a Prunus serrulata or Japanese Cherry tree. It is in full spring bloom in the middle of a residential complex nearby, oblivious to traffic noise, waltzing to the tune of the slight wind. It will calm and re-center you like a yoga Asana. Namaste.

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Ich bin ein Schweizer: Part 2

On January 28, 2019, I received my Swiss passport, but on March 28, along with over a thousand other new citizens, I celebrated it. Mayor Corine Mauch had extended an invitation to all new Swiss citizens residing in the city of Zürich to join her in a celebration. I am now the citizen of the […]

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Is it spring yet? (Encore)

About two years ago, the forest, which is practically our backyard, went through a managed deforestation process.* Hundreds of trees were cut. While walking with Mia along the forest, as we often do in the afternoons, I saw a bird house sitting on the fresh stump of a pine tree. Normally it would have been […]

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Sent, Graubünden

Petra, Mia, and I spent a week in the village of Sent in Canton Graubünden, cross-country skiing and trekking. It is a beautiful spot in the southeastern Swiss Alps. I captured many images of the village and its mountainous snowy surroundings. Enjoy them!

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¿Conoces el romanche?

Cada vez que visito el cantón montañoso de los Grisones deseo aprender el romanche, uno de los cuatro idiomas nacionales de Suiza. El romanche también conocido como retorromanche es una lengua romance (latín) y por ende se asemeja al castellano y al italiano. Entenderlo en su forma escrita es relativamente fácil para los que hablamos […]

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