June 2007

We’ll be here tomorrow:

ATHENS (Reuters) – A heatwave has claimed two lives in Greece and killed six more people in Romania as temperatures soared to 46 degrees Celsius (114.8 Fahrenheit) in parts of southeast Europe.

Turkey and Cyprus also reported deaths blamed on the intense heat, while three people drowned in Bulgaria swimming in unsupervised dams and beaches at the weekend as temperatures climbed well above early summer averages.

Greece, which has seen some of the highest temperatures, is set to record its hottest ever June.

We’ll be here in three weeks:

BUCHAREST, Romania — A bear attacked a group of U.S. tourists on a remote trail in the Carpathian Mountains, killing a woman and injuring two other people, authorities said Sunday.

The group of six tourists chased off the bear when it tried to approach them near a cabin about 75 miles north of Bucharest, but the bear reappeared on a trail and attacked the group around 10 p.m. Saturday.

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Wish you were. Having a wonderful. Berlin has a nice. The buildings are very. The people are quite.

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Love and,


Anything that can be put in a nutshell should remain there.

– Bertrand Russell

The Enfield of India 350cc Bullet was a single-cylinder, four-stroke motorcycle, constructed to the plans of the original 1950s’ model of the British Royal Enfield. Renowned for its idiosyncratic handling as much as for its reliability and durability, the Bullet was a bike that demanded a relationship with its rider. That relationship involved tolerance, patience and understanding on the part of the rider. In exchange, the Bullet provided the kind of soaring, celestial, wind-weaving pleasure that birds must know, punctuated by not infrequent near-death experiences.

– Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram

The Green Man of antiquity is a sculpture or painting of a face leering out of a tree or wall of leaves, that often adorns medieval churches, especially in England and Ireland. He is a “pagan” representative of a culture subjugated by Catholicism: a last gasp, a finger in the eye of the giant that had subsumed the formerly dominant paradigm of Druidism and nature worship. Green Men have been found as far away as India.

In India, amongst the Vishnus and Parvatis and Ganeshas, I saw no Green Men. Nor were they among the other gargoyles and menacing, leering visages that bedeck the various temples of that amazing country. But soon after arriving in Germany I found – without really looking – a troop of Green Men in one place.



Visiting friends in Trier, Germany’s oldest city and a repository of Roman and medieval architecture, we stumbled on multiple Green Men in the Dom in the city’s old square, a massive, ornate colossus of a church that traces its foundation to 250 AD.

Hey Folks,

Still posting about India and Nepal for a bit longer but we’ve been in Europe for almost a month. Some of you know that because you were here with us. We started in Germany, visited Flora and Ulli in Trier and Luxembourg, then split up to head to Greece (Lisa) and Amsterdam (Marc). Marc joined Lauren, Luke, Lavinia, John and Kevin in The Netherlands while Lisa met her sister Laura in Athens for some island-hopping. Then the whole crew, plus Rich and Keira, rendezvoused in Crete … Here are some early pictures, courtesy of Kevin.

More photos of white-sand beaches and goats to follow. Team Cretan has disbanded but its spirit lives on, and the two of us are still going strong. We’re headed for Berlin in a few hours where we’ll meet Marc’s brother Andrew and mother and uncle. From feta cheese and wine to sausage and beer! Woo-hoo!  


JUSTIN-CREDIBLE! Verlander’s no-hitter first for Tigers since 1984

No-hitters come out of nowhere. They just build and build, like nothing else in baseball.

The way that Justin Verlander struck out the first two Milwaukee batters of the game Tuesday night, you could think: That would be no-hit stuff if he could sustain it for nine innings.

(photo by Julian H. Gonzalez, Detroit Free Press)

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