TIME AND PLACE

It’s now a few years later and I’m finally posting photos from, in some ways, the two most historically important countries on the trip. But first a rainy bus ride in 2011 to...

(2016: This is an apology for the scattered quality of these final pieces from Eastern and Southern Europe. Since these posts are going into a 2011 Time and Place book, I’m...

If I am not on a holiday or vacation or a fact-finding mission or a study trip what in the hell am I doing? Perhaps I am on a walkabout. The...

Arrived in Odessa, Ukraine about 10pm. Taxi from bus station dropped me off on a dark corner. I entered the tiny shabby lobby where a line of “loving” couples and bewildered...

 Mini-bus Bucharest to Chisinau, Moldova takes about 8 hours. Countryside rolls by. Nap. Talked a little to the only English speakers on the bus—a Moldovan Mormon educator who supervises English teachers...

I visit countries the way we visit towns on a typical U.S. road trip or the way we investigate the neighborhoods of our own cities. I am walking and then walking...

At the Trianon Hotel, Bucharest, Romania and it is just as claimed. If you can get through that first exhausted collapse after 24 hours from home to hotel in a cheap,...

 Scholars, intellectuals, thinkers— I used to believe that if only I tried hard enough I could become one of them. But, alas, I only made it as far as reader and here’s how we...

If only there had been a video camera present—I would have gone viral on YouTube. Imagine. I am exiting my car, heel catches, I plunge to the concrete—along with the gallon...

The idea is…if I work very very hard at writing interesting blogs and take many strange and wonderful photos for your viewing pleasure, surely someone among you will find a way...