Archive for the 'Place' Category

Inca Traillog

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

I spent October 11-14, 2013, hiking the Inca Trail. Here is the story of my experience. DAY 1: Kilometer 82 (9,200′) to Wayllabamba (9,700′) Piled into a bus for a bumpy one-lane-dirt-road ride to our beginning place, Kilometer 82. Our bus driver, who on the day prior had proved himself worthy of lots of bonus […]

The A-Y-P Exposition

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Today the Seattle Public Library released its first online special collection, The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Digital Collection, containing an impressive amount of material relating to the event that took place in Seattle almost 100 years ago in summer 1909. You can check out the Official Guide to the Exposition, or a map of the Exposition grounds […]


Monday, October 6th, 2008

These soldiers in formation were just a few hundred of the countless LEGO minifigs crowding the exhibition hall at last weekend’s BrickCon. But that was just the beginning of an extensive Scandinavian odyssey stretching across two full days. It all started at Seattle Center on Saturday morning, where a long line consisting of a mixture […]

On Cranes and Guns

Monday, March 12th, 2007

Yesterday afternoon, we all (cats included) were a bit concerned about the strong winds whipping through Seattle. Mindful of the 10-story crane next door to my building, and not wishing to experience first-hand a repeat of the Bellevue accident, I kept glancing out the window every time there was a particularly loud gust. It appeared […]

Something to Ponder

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

I don’t know. Take a right at Albuquerque?

Tower of Power

Saturday, December 9th, 2006

This is Smith Tower. Once the tallest building west of the Mississippi, it is now dwarfed by the newer buildings making up Seattle’s contemporary skyline. But Smith Tower still inspires respect, awe and mystery, due in large part to its architectural details, such as the glowing sphere perched atop its spire, a globe whose color […]

Snowy Is Not Just a Dog

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

When it happens, snow in Seattle is quite a mess, because we’re just not equipped to deal with it. For example, although there’s been snow on the ground here in the U-District for two days I haven’t yet seen even a single snow plow on the streets. Luckily there are some positive aspects to the […]

Döner ist Wunderbar

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

Last week I spent a few days exploring Berlin, a unique and amazing city. I think much of the character it exudes stems from the extreme changes it has faced during the past century. The city center was all but destroyed during World War II, then rebuilt separately by the Allies and the Axis according […]

Ethnography in Berlin

Monday, September 18th, 2006

Tonight I went out to an “Indie Pop” show at Berlin’s Mudd Club, a tiny place with the feel of a wine cellar; it was underground, with brick columns interspersed and low, vaulted ceilings. It also featured a pitch dark corridor leading off to who-knows-where (actually, in retrospect, it probably led to the bathrooms). UK […]


Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

This year’s Labor Day weekend extravaganza of musical variety, “ethnic” food, and teenaged girls — that storied Seattle festival known as Bumbershoot — was, surprisingly, not ruined by a series of miscalculations which caused me to skip events that I really did not want to skip. For example, although I heard the final, lingering, feedback-laden […]