Thursday was a tipping point. It felt that way when I woke that morning. United States President Donald Trump spoke to the US on Wednesday from the Oval Office to explain the US government’s efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic. On the list of measures was a ban on travelers from Europe’s Schengen Area.
I have a new home. That makes 25 in 35 years. Moving days On September 1, 2017, like so many September Firsts before it, I moved. Not from one US city to another, but from NYC to Madrid. As of today, I have been in Spain for exactly a year and a half. Of the … Continue reading Moving in Madrid
Today, I spoke to an Iraqi man about the lasting effects of the American intervention in his home country. A half hour before meeting him, I spoke with a Catholic priest from Brazil who was studying "Canon Law". Every week, I spend hours talking with people from South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and other nations. … Continue reading The World from a Chair
It's very difficult to keep the line between the past and the present.
Model: Eriana Lawrence Location: Parque del Retiro de Madrid Date: 03/03/18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOyA4ShwouE
Months have roared passed - September, October, November, December, January, February - and I have arrived at the sixth month mark. This moment has traditionally represented a pivotal moment, the halfway point to something new, the vantage point off a mountain's peak from which I could see where I've been and where I was headed … Continue reading Six Months
As an American living abroad, there is almost no sustained conversation with a citizen of a foreign country that doesn't, at some point turn to America's follicularly-avant-garde leader.
A couple weeks ago, I was sitting at one of Madrid's many spectacular cafés with three friends and I asked them that cliché question that everybody hates, but which I think is worth contemplating from time to time: What would your ideal life look like?