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Whatchamacallit 60: Wartburg etching.

I acquired this little etching (it is 10 x 10cm; 4×4 inches) shortly after moving to Germany in 2004. Oddly, I did not blog about my trip to the Wartburg.

This was acquired after I realized that I wanted to buy pictures representing the places that I was visiting but before I realized that […]

Whatchamacallit 55: My Panama Feather

I know that I’ve already written about my Panama Hat – today I write about my Panama Feather.

The feather is specific to the Panama Canal – in Spanish, “el canal de Panamá.” It is dated 2017 and appears, to be signed by Jacob Puntana – but I’m not really sure about that name. […]

Whatchamacallit 54: G-Line Glasses Cleaner

I’m a fan of public transit – and expanding rail networks, much like has happened in Denver.

Denver opened its G-Line on April 26, 2019 – and I happened to be in Denver for it. I did not ride it that Friday or Saturday, but Sunday morning I happened to pass by one of […]

Whatchamacallit 52: Samoan Fale

Back in 2015, when I went around the world heading east, I stopped in Samoa – I went there because it was the easiest way to get to American Samoa.

It turns out Samoa is much, much, nicer than American Samoa. I could start to try and dissect the reasons why, but that’s not […]

Whatchamacallit 51: Maker’s Mark Whisky

Back in 2006 I took a memorable trip to Louisville, Kentucky, and New York City, New York – originally meant to be two trips, they became one. Although multiple things went wrong on that trip, I ended up having a good time.

One of the good times was a detour with a friend to […]

Whatchamacallit 50: My Toilet Sign

Last year I went to Barcelona with the goal of figuring out where my Great Aunt drew the drawing that hangs on my wall – the goal was achieved, thanks to one of my friends – which I cannot thank him enough for his hard work!

While there, I picked up the above print […]

Whatchamacallit 46: My Khayelitsha Township Painting

In November 2016, I went around the world heading west – although my first stop was distinctly south: Cape Town.

Cape Town is, hands down, one of my favorite cities on the planet – favorite enough that I could totally imagine buying a summer house there. I’ve never had a bad experience in South […]

Whatchamacallit 45: First World War Centenary Lapel Pin (New Zealand)

I visited Auckland in 2015 twice, both times very briefly: the first stop I had a 7-hour layover, the second stop was 25.5 hours.

Neither were really long: with 7 hours – and an early morning arrival – I headed out of the terminal, into the country, visiting, first, a grocery store and, second, […]

Whatchamacallit 32: Panda eating bamboo

The above photo is of a photo I took at some point between 1999 and 2003 – judging from the fact that the Memphis Zoo claims to have received them in 2003, it must have been 2003 because I moved to Germany in the summer of 2004 and there’s no way I took this […]

Whatchamacallit 30: Hong Kong at Night

As I noted Friday, I do not have much art representing East Asia – essentially this is the only piece on display: Hong Kong at Night by W. Chan.

I acquired this in April 2014, when I visited Hong Kong with a German travel companion. I came away from Hong Kong with the feeling […]