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berlin cop-out

January 29, 2009

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So, for about thirty different reasons I decided to go back to copenhagen early, after spending just an afternoon in Berlin. It was a free trip as far as my eurail pass is concerned anyway, so i can still make two round trips by march 15th. While in Berlin, I did see, next to the […]

I have conceived of an idea

January 26, 2009

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It came to me yesterday whilst I was dodging MOing couples in the ancient Iranian section of the Louvre. We’ll see if I stick with it, but here it is: I am going to record two albums (or ep’s or whatever) of covers. One will be of songs I love, which is naturally the way […]

L’Hôtel Vicq D’Azir

January 26, 2009

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On my arrival in Paris I was in a bit of a gloomy mood once again. This is not unusual for me, as you can probably tell. Travel tends to exaggerate my uneven moods, which easily and often swing from pure elation to absolute sourness. This time I’d been booted off a Thalys train for […]

G(h)(e/a)n(t/d)

January 26, 2009

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I love learning things, but I sometimes have trouble remembering that I love learning things, so when traveling, if I am not in a superbly energetic mood, any simple challenge will defeat me, even something like learning to use the pretty simple public transport system of Ghent, Belgium, for which there are plentiful english instructions. […]

the van gogh museum

January 24, 2009

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The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is pretty hard on its namesake. Walking through the chronological display, one is struck by the beauty of a cosy kitchen scene only to find the information card next to it pointing out that Vincent had clumsily painted both the back and the side of that chair over there […]

observe, lament, repeat

January 21, 2009

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After finishing the Best American Travel Writing 2007, it occurs to me that this seems to be the inevitable credo of all travel writers. Visit somewhere unique, describe it with reverence and wonder, lament the fact that it is becoming a) severely commercialized or b) inauthentic or c) extinct, and then on to the next […]

Haard Aan

January 19, 2009

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There are quite a few irritating commercials on Dutch TV that advertise silly cell phone applications (make your phone into an x-ray! scary ringtones! beyoncé!) you can get by texting different phrases to some number. The best one is for an app that simulates a cozy fireplace on your cell phone (how useful), the fun […]