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Stateside in November…

After Cape Town, I headed north and west – flying from Johannesburg to Washington Dulles. Non-stop it is 8,134 miles; one-stop (without getting off the plane) in Accra makes it a mere 59 miles further – but the trip takes a very long time.

Perhaps the only building at Virginia Tech that is made […]

It’s starting again…

Back in 2004 when I moved to Germany, I constantly had to explain George W. Bush and explain why it was he was (re-)elected president. Much of the time my new friends and colleagues sought to understand how such a great country (like America) could vote for such an idiot – Republican behaving badly.

In […]

If I had 100,000 US Dollars…

While visiting my Mom, back in October, I visited my favorite Denver coffee shop – the one where the regulars at their group table haven’t changed in over a decade.

Although the regulars were regular, the fact is the coffee shop appears to have lost its edge, and the baristas working in the morning had […]

Absentminded Adam: Haircut Edition

Wow… I’ve been lackluster with the blog.

Clearly I am now only writing this for myself… and to record memories as they pop up.

I got my haircut today – haircuts are one of my absolute favorite things. There’s nothing quite so awesome as sitting in a chair, relaxing, getting a scalp massage, getting the […]

… on all my credit cards

This past couple of weeks, I’ve been talking to my banks – on both sides of the Atlantic – in order to check up on some details of my life.

And it occurred to me that back in January, when I was in Bloomington, I’d visited my safe deposit box and found all my old […]

Kivgiq – The Messenger Feast (Barrow, Alaska, part 2)

These dancers performed sitting down, as if in a boat. It was exceptionally beautiful.

It’s a little difficult to explain my rational for visiting Alaska in winter – and why in February.

Another amazing performance. I bet my captions get dull, quickly.

I’d go into the rational but it involves rental car pricing […]

A Few Thoughts About Anchorage…

I’ve been a bad blogger. Sorry.

But now a few words about Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, and where I started my adventures in my fiftieth State. I had two stays in the city – three nights, then my trip to Barrow, followed by another two nights in Anchorage.

Anchorage as seen from my 22nd […]

Fall = Pumpkin Spice MADNESS in the USA!

I love the Pumpkin Snaps, I can leave the Pumpkin Spice Popcorn. I’ll try the pasta sauce tonight

If I weren’t lactose intolerant.

Yesterday I popped into a Spouts Market – an American Organic Supermarket chain that is challenging Whole Foods by being affordable.

What immediately caught my eye is the appearance of […]

Where is Adam today? He’s in the USA – GUAM!

I visited the Statue of Liberty, what could be more American than that?

On my way out of the office, one of my colleagues asked me if I was heading to the States – and I said, “no.” – but then I changed my answer: “Yes, I am actually going to the United States […]

Denver is getting it right, but Portland is already there.

There’s a park in this photo.

Written Saturday afternoon, posted today — because I was having too much fun!

As I observed after my time in Denver, I feel that Denver is getting it right. Public Transport is going to have a strong hub in the form of Union Station and a part of […]