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“What if those things that make a planet habitable, that is, conducive to beings like us, also make that planet the best observer platform for making scientific discoveries? “The nature of our planet, the nature of its atmosphere, the location … Continue reading
Rain-swollen rivers did not cause problems for us. Our ark just floated a bit higher than we would have otherwise. But it did cause problems for people living along the shore. When we were docked in Belgrade (at the confluence … Continue reading
The on-board library provided travel books and literature relevant to the area we were passing through. (I read their book of three stories by Mor Jokai, 20th century–just barely–Hungarian novelist). The TV in each room, at least for the … Continue reading
Cornfields, sunflowers and twisters. Looks like the mid-west. (In this case, the twister was caused by the reflection of a curtain between our bus windows.) Here’s how you can tell it’s not Kansas: the fields also contain signs warning of … Continue reading
Passau, Germany is photogenic in a different way from the half-timbering of other towns. Teenagers this time.
Riprap, noun: a foundation or sustaining wall of stones or chunks of concrete thrown together without order (as in deep water); also : a layer of this or similar material on an embankment slope to prevent erosion. Who knew there … Continue reading
I’m going to call mine a “celebration of swans.” Mine were on the Main (pronounced “mine.”) Jerry’s celebration was on the Danube. I saw a black swan, too. Just me. Our bus was crossing a bridge into Nuremberg and below … Continue reading