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Only in America: Air Conditioning Madness

McMansions. Deep-fried chocolate. Thousand dollar hospital bills. There are many things that could also make this list of things you come across only in America but today I want to write something very specific (and at once unique to the United States): blasting a room with air conditioner and then bringing in a fireplace to fight the cold…. Read more »

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Flowers, Pretty Flowers

I have been way too busy these past few days…. One day I will have the chance to breathe (and write better blog posts) again. For now, though, the pretty flowers I saw at the LaGuardia Corner Garden near NYU will have to do.  

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Bright Stumps in Indiana

I spent this weekend in Indiana (the visit may definitely seem random if you don’t consider the conference that brought me there) and, on my way into town, saw these pixie-coloured stumps in the middle of a grassy field. I’m not quite sure what they are or who has put them there, but I think… Read more »

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The Rats of New York

I saw the infamous New York subway rat for the first time today; the small guy was scurrying to the nearest corner while I was patiently waiting for the train.   P.S. A normal person would be less thrilled sharing walking space with a rodent, but I was captivated enough to take a blurry picture of the… Read more »

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Philadelphia Diaries

  To get away, I took a weekend bus from New York to Philadelphia. To stay behind (I really like the city’s quaint streets and Federal architecture), I captured city sights with a phone and a eye for all in bloom. The photographic result is below.  

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On Pickled Herring

For an adventure, I tried this open-faced pickled herring sandwich today. It was chewy, salty and very European.  

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Kitties of Brooklyn

I saw this little kitty not far from my own apartment in Brooklyn. I wonder how many people she saw pass her by.  

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No Fishing, Please!

Sometimes your sanity depends entirely on not doing too much questioning. I certainly felt this way when, on an evening visit to Hoboken, I saw people with fishing rods casually catching fish out of the Hudson River. You know, the same Hudson River that is loaded with PCBs and otherwise full of all the polluted… Read more »

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New York Secrets: The Rooftop of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

You can live your life in New York and still not discover all the little nooks that make the city so interesting. My latest discovery: the rooftop of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s free (or, included with the “by donation” museum entry), it’s artsy (look at these table sculptures) and it has one of… Read more »