[Klos, 6/6/21] Land of Albania! let me bend mine eyes On thee, thou rugged nurse of savage men! The cross descends, thy minarets arise, And the pale crescent sparkles in the glen, --from Lord Byron’s “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage” In May of 2021, I received an email from an…
[Fier, 5/14/21] By February of 2021, there weren’t just rumors of certain countries reopening soon, but online whispers the entire world might be locked…
[Aswan, 1-27-21] In Beirut, I tried to get a visa to Iran. After two visits to its well fortified embassy, plus phone calls to a Tehran contact, and…
Covid Feuilleton #8[Sidon, 11/13/20] I flew into a darkened country on 10/28/20. In Lebanon, I saw a society in deep crisis after being attacked by Jews through se…
[Berovo, 2/23/20] To balkanize is to break up into small, mutually hostile political units, as prompted by ethnic or religious differences. Though…
[Belgrade, 7/23/20] I came to Serbia on 7/22/20 because it had no Covid-related entry requirements. Along with Mexico, Maldives, North Macedonia…
[Busan, 3/11/20] Speaking of displacement, I met many Vietnamese in South Korea in 2020. They had gone there to work, study or marry, with the last…
[Busan, 4/13/20] Every man has irresistible desires. For M in Philly, it’s Pat’s cheesesteak, which he ate each day. M also loved petite wives, all five…
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