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The Undercover Gardener

To lighten the heavy load that so many dear people are carrying in Puerto Rico and the USA, I share this video shot at the beginning of the wonderful summer of 2017.

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Home-made dolmadaki

I was a fan of dolma for many years, but stopped eating them because I found them so acidic they sometimes provoked reflux. That’s because I had only eaten the canned or pre-packaged versions from stores and restaurants. “Known since antiquity, dolmadaki or dolma are grape leaves wrapped around a filling. They are common in […]

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Dios en Nápoles / God in Naples

En nuestro reciente viaje a Italia, pude constatar la presencia de Dios en Nápoles. In our recent trip to Italy, I witnessed God’s presence in Naples.

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The oldest nuclear plant in the world.

Living only 31 Km from the oldest nuclear plant is not comforting. It is an inconvenient truth that the Beznau AKW is so close to us. Greenpeace informs citizens in my area using street signs in a very clever way. The sign says “the oldest atomic power plant in the world is only 31 Km […]

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A street named after me

After almost 5 years of living in Schwamendingen, Zürich, Switzerland, the neighborhood council surprised me by naming the street that runs behing our building complex after me. I was speechless. Needless to say, I am humbled by their gesture. Of course I had to take a picture of the street sign.

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3 minutes late

96 % of the Swiss trains arrive on time. 2 % arrive 3 minutes or fewer late. 2 % arrive more than 3 minutes late. So when people see this sign, as I did a little while ago, (“ca. 3′ später” means it is about 3 minutes late) they generally lose their cool. How is […]

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Through the eyes of my brother

Recently my brother Tito visited us. He was in Basel for a conference at the University and stayed with us overnight in Zürich. Through his eyes I witnessed once again what I did almost 5 years ago when I first moved here: how things work well, how superbly organized and clean the cities are, and […]

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Loggerhead turtles in Culebra, Puerto Rico

We welcomed the New Year in Culebra, one of the islands of the Puerto Rican archipelago. It is best known for Playa Flamenco, one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. Lesser known is Playa Tamarindo and its well preserved and protected coral reef that hosts thousands of marine species. Sara and Daniel […]

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Displaced racism

On a recent trip to Italy we encountered this vintage poster in a restaurant. Imagine it in a restaurant, say, somewhere in Miami!

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Love Life.

A highly successful AIDS campaign breaks sexual and racial barriers. Usually displayed in triptychs, the posters are seen across the city of Zürich.

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