Posts in category ”Travel”

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Odd lifeforms in the Californian deserts

Odd lifeforms in the Californian deserts

Deserts are a magical place where you can find things that you wouldn’t expect. They are also areas that attract a certain kind of people, who are able to endure and even thrive in the open wastes.

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Bombay beach and beyond

Bombay beach and beyond

The desert wastes of eastern California is a strange anomaly. There are few places so distant from the American Dream, yet so alluring at the same time.

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Listening for cosmic signals at VLA in New Mexico

Listening for cosmic signals at VLA in New Mexico

As we drove across the flat plains of San Agustin, we could see for miles in every direction. Then the antennas of Very Large Array started to appear one by one.

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Having pie in Pie Town

Having pie in Pie Town

New Mexico is truly the land of wonders. Or should I say bonkers? There is something strange, bizarre or wonderful around every corner. After taking a shortcut along dirt roads with cattle guards we arrived at our destination, the aptly named Pie Town.

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Presidential election in Utah

Presidential election in Utah

I’m currently in the small town of Kanab, Utah. Tonight is the presidential election and Obama squares off against Romney. The state of Utah is pro-Romney as expected, and there was much about it on the local radio.

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Driving through Death Valley

Driving through Death Valley

As I drove into Death Valley in the dark hours before sunrise, I silently pondered why the area got its name. It’s one of the hottest places on the planet and the record temperature of 56 degrees Celsius was measured here in 1913.

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The silver screen memory of Los Angeles

The silver screen memory of Los Angeles

It feels good to be back in Los Angeles, the city of angels, devils and Hank Moody. Even though I started the morning by dipping my pale toes in the Pacific at Malibu, I’m not doing Venice this time around.

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Halloween ten years later

Halloween ten years later

Tonight the annual Halloween parade was planned to roam through Greenwich Village in New York as usual, but it has been cancelled due to the emergency situation in wake of hurricane Sandy. I guess somewhere Jack Skellington cries out in agony.

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The footsteps of Mozart in Vienna

The footsteps of Mozart in Vienna

The city of Vienna is closely associated with Mozart. When he was six, Mozart played his first royal concert at Schönbrunn palace in the presence of Austria’s ruler, Maria Theresa and the royal family in 1762.

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Alive in Bratislava

Alive in Bratislava

When the kids in the movie Eurotrip arrived in Bratislava, they frightfully whispered “Dear sweet mother of god, we’re in eastern Europe”. Well, I’m in Bratislava today and for the record, it’s nothing like the that scene. No angry dogs, severed hands or dodgy characters.

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