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Thalys Geography

Because of some unplanned problems with my travel, I spent an hour exploring Antwerp’s new central train station.

It’s spectacular: they took a stunningly beautiful building and somehow made it more beautiful and in many ways more functional.

Due to the renovations, starting Sunday the high speed Thalys train will no longer stop at some […]

Present / Future / Antwerp

Back when I was busy watching Firefly, I noticed that the future lacked Wal-Mart.

And such absence is not limited to just Firefly. Even in Star Trek, whether the Enterprise was visiting a wild frontier outpost or a modern star-base, Wal-Mart was not in evidence. Communities and commerce center on street markets where people competed […]

Shifting Plans

As you may recall, next weekend I planned to be in Berlin, buying (used) underwear.

Well, my plans have changed.

The apartment where I was planning to spend three nights was double booked for first night, and although the owner offered to put me up in a hotel for that night, the idea of having […]