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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  • Let's Easter! 2 weeks ago High on a bluff overlooking the Neris RiverIt's Easter weekend. And that's about it. When I was a kid, I was happy to hunt for Easter eggs and decapitate chocolate bunnies, but now there is little significance to the occasion, other than it was on Easter Sunday last year when my mother died. My...
  • Can't Buy Me Money, Money, Money 3 weeks ago Spring is always welcome, but the soon-to-return foliage will hinder most of the winter views like thisJust when you think you've seen it all in Vilnius, you stumble upon something new. For my daughter and I on the weekend before Easter this meant visiting the Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania,...
  • Vilnius Go Bragh 2 months ago Happy St. Patrick's Day! Amber was surprised to learn that her ancestry from her father's side of the family includes quite a bit of Irish blood to go along with the English and Scottish sera (and god only knows what else). She wanted to know if there was any Welsh as well, but the answer is none...
  • The Big Freeze 2 months ago If you've been following the news recently, you're probably aware that Europe has been hit hard by a blast of Siberian cold air (see here, here and here). In Sweden, it's being described as the "Snow Cannon". The British are calling it "The Beast from the East". In the Netherlands, it's being...
  • When in Naples, do as the Neapolitans 3 months ago A cast of one of the unfortunate victims of the CE 79 eruptionDecades ago, when I was in college, I took a class on Pompeii that went towards satisfying my general education requirements. The idea behind the course was to present the everyday lives of Roman citizens as reconstructed from what was...

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Fredfong
09:30 AM January 27, 2015

excellent insight....

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