🇵🇦 We went to Panama over Easter and had the loveliest break there. Wonderful and very friendly people, beautiful place, terrific food, and the wildly impressive canal, where I was so lucky as to be invited to actually open a lock gate for a huge container ship heading East from the Pacific. The locks are computerized now. But the old system still functions. Managing the lock was...
A silent, dust-covered Beijing greeted us – four exchange students from Denmark – as the train softly came to a stop at Beijing’s Central Railway Station one mild Indian summer day in September 1981 after an eight-day train journey with the Trans-Siberian railway from Copenhagen Central Station.
Has been a while … Sorry! Glad to be back. Had a lovely New Year break in Denmark. And lots to attend to. I’m already half way through my temporary stint as Incidental New Yorker. Not any way near half way through exploring the city, though.
Winter solstice in NYC and 22 degrees Celsius/72F! I
am so glad that we, the world’s population, have just pledged to truly care for
the climate. And I am eagerly anticipating governments delivering on their pledges
in Paris earlier this month.
🎄Last week I spent a wonderful day and a half in Washington DC, in very good company. We...
The bloodbath in Paris was an attack on humanity. This
attempt to tear apart the fabric of our life briefly left us speechless and
stunned. And while civilians of all convictions and colours en masse are now
gathering forces and doing their utmost to defy Da’esh’s challenge to the
beauty and meaning of life, Western governments are playing the ball right back
in to the very hands of Da’esh...
⭐️ Ai Weiwei has done it again! This man is a true virtuoso at playing the international media. He brilliantly unmasks authorities and hypocrisy by placing a virtual mirror right in their faces and deeds. This time Lego is in the eye of the storm, even a virtual toilet storm, as Ai has posted a picture of Lego...
Mongolia's president Elbegdorj has bestowed upon me Mongolia's Medal of Friendship "in recognition of valuable contribution in the promotion of friendly relations and cooperation between Mongolia and the Kingdom of Denmark.” The ceremony took place in Asia House in Copenhagen with me attending via skype.
Blog post from my stint as Incidental New Yorker, September 9, 2015
It is painful to follow events in Europe from my new
outpost. When I saw a photo the other day in one of my Danish newspapers of a
man on an overpass, literally spitting on Syrian refugees walking
below, just off the ferry in Denmark, I felt acute pain and deep shame.
Because this is not my country – or it isn’t what I believe my...
⭐ Four nights of salubrious sleep, open windows, fresh air, birdsong, quiet, splendid nights. Late afternoon swimming in the lake; loons, hummingbirds, bald headed eagles, quaint fishing villages, coves with glassy water. Seafood, fish, fresh, natural vegetables. Bliss! Okay, so we did leave NYC for a spell. We had a...
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