A Curmudgeon Back Home

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A Curmudgeon Back Home
Enthusiastically jaded observations and occasional rants by an expatriate.
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  • Eleven-plus - 生日快樂! 2 days ago My little girl is growing up - Amber turned eleven on Saturday:The day began as most Saturdays do, with my daughter going to her swim class, and my using that time to go for a walk in the park behind the gym where Amber was doing laps in the pool:Lithuania is a land of crossesWalking through the...
  • Left in the Cold 1 week ago The Russian Orthodox Church of the Saint Virgin's Apparition (Znamenskaya Tserkov) on the other side of the iced-over NerisRelativity. It's the only explanation for how a day when the temperature is only two degrees above freezing on the Fahrenheit scale (1.1°C) somehow doesn't feel cold. This...
  • The Big Chill 2 weeks ago A touched-up photo of the Neris River taken on Sunday afternoonIt's cold. Not just here but all across Europe, with at least 23 deaths reported due to the weather (see also here and here). How cold is it? On Saturday morning, as I drove my daughter to her weekly swim class, the thermometer on the...
  • Warsaw, Part 2: A jolt of Stalinism 3 weeks ago Soviet-style Communism was ugly on so many levelsThe drive from Kraków to Warsaw was a lot easier than the drive done in reverse three days previously. For one thing it took the four hours or so that Google Maps indicated it would, thanks to there being fewer cars on the road, which resulted in...
  • Kraków, Part 2: Getting sentenced to the salt mines 3 weeks ago Supplicating to the gods of saltOur second full day in Kraków began with a solo exploration of Old Town while the girls stayed behind in our room at Wielopole, absorbed in their respective electronic devices (my only New Year's resolution is to wean my daughter off of things with screens - an...

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Fredfong
09:30 AM January 27, 2015

excellent insight....

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