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 how amazing the public transportation system is. We went to the Kunsthaus to see the work of Alberto Giacometti, the talented Swiss artist who is emblazoned in the 100 Franc note, we walked in the woods near our house, watched Petra spin thread from wool, had a nice dinner with friends, and went up 2128 meters (6981 ft.) to see Mount Pilatus. It was a memorable visit. I adopted his phrase of calling the 100 bill a Giacometti. Enjoy the video and photos. Check out the interactive map to see where Mount Pilatus is located.

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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 Abruña spotted the area in Playa Tamarindo, where the endangered loggerhead turtles feed. After that, I snorkeled every morning, for a week, with a Go Pro camera, to record these beautiful creatures, along with sting rays and the rich coral reef that borders the coastline.
Enjoy the film and the interactive map!

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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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A cinematic crime.

In the cultured and sophisticated city of Zürich there are still movie theaters that stop the film right smack in the middle to sell you popcorn, candy, and ice cream. Unglaublich!

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The revolution was plotted here!

Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, plotted the Russian Revolution from this humble apartment in the medieval city of Zürich.

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Five years of love

We married in Miami on January 6, 2012. A woman took a picture for us. Five years later, we took our own picture on the same spot.

Love can change you and the world!

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…and whatta turkey!

For Thanksgiving, yes Thanksgiving here in our house in Switzerland (Nov. 2016), we accompanied the pies with an organic turkey that weighed slighly less than the pumpkin: 7.2 Kg, almost 16 lbs. This turkey tasted very fresh and with barely any fat. It was delicious. A bit pricey for US standards at $15/lb or Fr32/Kg. We had to order it a week in advance.

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Whatta pumpkin!

Harvested at the beginning of November 2016, this pumpkin from our garden was enough for two pies, stews, and countless soups, some of which are now frozen waiting to be consumed. It weighed 7.8 Kg or 17.16 lbs. ¡Buen provecho!

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Germaphobes, have no fear!

“This bus was cleaned today”, states the blue tag hung by the cleaning crew. Just like in Puerto Rico, Miami, and New York. Right!?

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