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Category Archives: Just Trippin’

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

SPACE GRUB EXTRAORDINAIRE

“THIS BOEUF BOURGUIGNON is over the moon!” Well, not quite yet, but it is among the offerings to astronauts now joined up at the International Space Station. Kenneth Chang writes … Continue reading

April 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

LONDON BRIDGE—FALLING TO LAKE HAVASU CITY

GREAT CITIES ARE established on rivers: London’s Thames, Paris’s Seine, Vienna’s Danube, St. Petersburg’s Neva, Prague’s Vltava; the list goes on. Rivers encourage commerce and development. But they also offer … Continue reading

April 22, 2021 · 3 Comments

CHINA’S DIGITAL ECONOMY

LONG LING, A GOVERNMENT official in Beijing, contributed “Diary: At the Temple,” in the London Review of Books, January 21, 2021. A vignette in her article encouraged me to learn … Continue reading

April 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING THE FRENCH TACOS

WHAT DO THE Australian H.S.P., the Tanzanian Chipsi Mayai, and the French Tacos have in common? Their common ingredient is chips in English, chipsi in Swahili, pommes frites in French, … Continue reading

April 15, 2021 · 2 Comments

CELEBRATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF CALIFORNIA’S ROUTE 1 IN 1988

DOROTHY CLENDENIN WASN’T yet Wife Dottie in 1988 when she celebrated the 50th anniversary of California Route 1. She traveled this fabled route down the coast from Monterey to Morro … Continue reading

April 7, 2021 · 4 Comments

CHARING CROSS—LONDON’S CENTREPIECE   PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE FOUND London’s Charing Cross named for a bend in the River Thames and a cross honoring Eleanor, wife of England’s Edward I. We’d like to believe she’d rest … Continue reading

April 5, 2021 · 2 Comments