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 than their Parisian counterparts. Please enjoy these 12 portraits from Marseille.

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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 USA, Spain, and Switzerland.

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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 hanging from a tree at about five meters from the ground. I picked it up, looked inside – it was empty – and decided to take it home. It had the letters OVS carved on it.

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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 el idioma de Cervantes, pero entenderlo oralmente es realmente difícil.

Estas once fotos captan letreros, avisos, y frescos escritos en romanche (y algunos también en alemán). ¿Cuántos puedes descifrar o entender?

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An essence of Switzerland.

This photo I took while unplugging in Sent, Graubünden captures an essence of Switzerland:

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Swiss Cow Show

A cow show from a country that produces some of the most coveted cheeses in the world! Mais oui! The short film is a glimpse of one show in the French-speaking Canton of Jura, which borders France, and sits in the eponymous mountain range. Enjoy it.

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