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La Casa del Horizonte

(English version and video are below.) Siguiendo el sendero sostenible trazado con La Casa Ausente, el arquitecto Fernando Abruña Charneco presenta su más reciente edificación. La Casa del Horizonte incorpora el sol en la solución energética y se apropia de la luz de la luna llena a través de una terraza lunar. Dialoga con el […]

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The Boat-Eating Sea Dog

There are many stories about the Loch Ness Monster, the Jeti, Bigfoot, Yeran, and many other large mysterious creatures that inhabit our Planet. They are rarely (or never) seen. But on our recent trip to the island of Ratonneau, off the coast of Marseille, we spotted the Boat-Eating Sea Dog. To our surprise no one […]

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The Fattest Car in the World

During our recent visit to Marseille, we discovered the fattest car in the world inside the Vieille Charité in the old Panier quarter of France’s second largest city. Driving it probably will make you feel skinny. See for yourself.

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City Walls

I like city walls, especially those that leave space to the imagination. This one around a tight corner is unique. It looks like a musician left a big horn leaning on the wall, and forgot about it. That’s why the graffiti is perfect. Actually the vertical metal structures are meant to protect the wall from […]

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L’Amour des Trois Oranges et L’Amour du Vin.

Every two years the Troupe de Serreaux-Dessus an ensemble of amateur and semi-professional actors performs a quality theatre show under the summer sky. The stage is set on the backyard of the house of Antoine and Henriette Nicolas, winemakers with over forty years of experience producing good white wine in the hills of Begnins, overlooking […]

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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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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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Mia gets well.

Two weeks ago Mia was bitten by a dog. What seemed like a minor event developed into a life-threatening situation in no time.

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An unforgettable Swiss train ride.

In the land of watches, trains arrive and depart on time. The SBB, the Swiss Train Authority, takes pride in stating that 96% of trains do so. Last Friday, like many weekdays, I left my house at 9:37 and caught the bus across the street at 9:39. I was heading to the studio to edit […]

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