Ukraine Memories

Position: 47°06’33″N 37°56’03″E Almost 11 years ago I drove a Suzuki Swift from the UK to Mongolia with my buddy Tom. In recognition of last week’s horrific events in Ukraine, I’m posting the relevant blogs with the hope they give …

Shorts: Market Day

Position: 41°12’54″N 13°33’54″E Each Wednesday Gaeta hosts a traditional open-air market, a hangover from the days when staple goods weren’t available locally. Like farmer’s markets in America there is plenty of fresh, seasonal fruit and veggies on hand. Unlike America, …

High Test or Unleaded?

Over the years our coffee drinking habits have evolved. Back when most of America couldn’t spell Frappuccino, people drank coffee as an antidote to whatever damaging compounds they’d ingested the night before. Those fortunate enough to travel to Europe discovered …

My Mate Phil

Phil was never happier than when he was solving a problem. Whether that problem was a better method of laying out the instruments for an appendectomy or designing an amnioscope that puts light where the doctor needs it most. His …

1968

Position: 41°47’50″N 87°35’06″W 1968 was an ugly year in America. Here’s what I remember about it: My grandfather died in January. He and my grandmother had come out to Chicago for Christmas. It was perhaps the most extravagant Christmas I …