• Observations from Abaco: Some Bahama-Brained Notes on Green Turtle Cay

    Observations from Abaco: Some Bahama-Brained Notes on Green Turtle Cay

    On Culture and Tourism GREEN TURTLE CAY doesn’t have a bank or even an ATM, the museum and the health clinic both fail to keep the hours they post, and when I ask if there’s a police force, I learn that it’s comprised of one man — and “he isn’t always here.” But the Green Turtle […]

  • Góra Świętej Anny

    Góra Świętej Anny

    “THERE IS NOTHING HERE,” the young German engineer said through his cigarette, staring off the balcony of the largest house on St. Anne’s Hill, in the small pilgrimage town of Góra Świętej Anny, or St. Annaberg, in Polish Silesia – he was looking out to the A4 autostrada and the white goateed visage of KFC’s […]

  • Teaser: The Duke of Norfolk Live In St. Mary’s Cathedral

    The Duke of Norfolk made a name for himself among Edinburgh folksketeers and pubgoers within a few weeks of starting to gig regularly in Scotland’s capital.  Known for his humility, his finger picking, lyrics about wandering far from his Oklahoma home, and for high-energy performances from The Waverley to Paradise Palms and, recently, EdenFest, the […]

  • Every Starbucks in Edinburgh (A Celestial Cartography)

    Every Starbucks in Edinburgh (A Celestial Cartography)

    I should start by apologizing to my friend and frequent traveling partner, Steve Coffed.  I used to give him grief every time he suggested going into a Starbucks, anywhere in the world.  The coffee, I said, is inconsistent from city to city – and nothing to write home about even at its best.  The atmosphere […]

  • A Month Back in Buffalo, the City Formerly Known as …

    A Month Back in Buffalo, the City Formerly Known as …

    I didn’t miss Buffalo until news of Snowvember crossed the Atlantic, and found its way onto a BBC report.  The autumn blizzard didn’t put Buffalo on the map, but it did give my European friends a better understanding of New York State geography.  For months, each introduction had followed a predictable pattern: European: “So, where […]