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Category Archives: Just Trippin’

GLUBB PASHA—A SECOND LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

SIR JOHN BAGOT GLUBB was a British soldier who trained and led Transjordan’s Arab Legion between 1939 and 1956. Controversially, the Legion had several victories against Israel in the 1948 … Continue reading

July 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

РУССКИЕ БИТЫ

I’M NOT SURE what prompted my purchase of Barron’s Russian at a Glance, 2001. I had already experienced a significant Russian adventure in 1990, visiting the crumbling Soviet Union, as … Continue reading

July 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

SWISS ADVENTURES

ENJOYING FRANCIS DURBRIDGE’S “Paul Temple and the Geneva Mystery,” I got to thinking about other Swiss adventures. Here are tidbits about a couple of my own Swiss adventures, augmented with … Continue reading

July 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

只是平躺 (JUST LYING FLAT)

INDEED, THERE ARE times when chilling out is the appropriate response. Even in the People’s Republic of China. Details are given in Elsie Chen’s “These Chinese Millennials are ‘Chilling,’ and … Continue reading

July 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

WHAT IF OFFICER FIDO IS A WUSS?

POLICE DOGS HAVE to be capable of a certain level of aggression. How else to command the respect they deserve? So what to do if Fido happens to be a … Continue reading

July 6, 2021 · 2 Comments

AZTEC TIDBITS

WIFE DOTTIE AND I had a brief encounter with Nahautl, the Aztec language, during our first session of Community College Japanese class. As a first example, Sensei-san taught us “Watashi … Continue reading

July 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

JUST DON’T CALL HIM “OPPA

“A VICIOUS CANCER,” said Kim Jong-un, “is corrupting attire, hairstyles, speeches, behaviors.” State media warned that, if unchecked, North Korea would “crumble like a damp wall.”  Image by Bloomberg from … Continue reading

June 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

MERCATOR MISUNDERSTANDINGS

IF FLAT-EARTHERS were correct (they aren’t, by the way), life would be a lot easier for cartographers. As noted here at SimanaitisSays, the two-dimensional plane and three-dimensional sphere are not … Continue reading

June 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

BAVARIA AND THE CONRAD CASE

MUCH OF THE action in vintage radio hero Paul Temple’s Conrad Case takes place in Bavaria. So, despite more than a little anachronism, I turn to my Baedeker’s Southern Germany. … Continue reading

May 6, 2021 · 1 Comment

JAPANESE CONVERSATION STARTERS—AND TERMINATORS

I’VE FORGOTTEN WHERE I acquired my Traveler’s Phrase Book & Dictionary; its price notation suggests it was here in the U.S. Nevertheless, it was published in Japan by Nanun-Do, 1976, … Continue reading

May 4, 2021 · 2 Comments