Category Archives: travel

Pittsburgh: #3

All I have time for this morning, before the meetings begin, is to post photos, which itself is a time-consuming exercise. But read this all, as awesome noms are at the bottom. I met my friend, the reader known as “Hempenstein,” who is a retired biochemist living in Pittsburgh. He just bought a large and […]

Pittsburgh: #2

This covers only half of yesterday, for I had an awesome visit to a historic mansion that one of my friends just bought, and then a wonderful multi-course Hungarian dinner, and one of the guests happened to be a Big Macher in Pittsburgh. But more on that tomorrow. Yesterday morning and afternoon I roamed around […]


I’m in Pittsburgh for the the Pennsylvania State Atheist/Humanist Conference, which begins this evening.  I arrived a bit early to acquaint myself with a city in which I spent much of my youth (my uncles and cousins lived here). As many know, this town, once a gritty, dirty, steel-manufacturing center, has undergone a huge renovation, and […]

Pittsburgh this weekend!

If you’re anywhere around western Pennsylvania this weekend, you can find me at the Pennsylvania State Atheist/Humanist Conference in Pittsburgh, the third time it’s been held (heathenism is spreading, I tell you). The ceremonies begin with a drinks reception on Friday at 7 pm; that and all activities will be at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel […]

Paws and relax on British Airways

We’ll end the week with—hmm. . . what will lift our spirits? How about CATS?? In a remarkably enlightened move, British Airways is tempting ailurophilic customers with a new channel on its long-distance flights. As Yahoo Travel reports: Do you ever go on Youtube only to get caught in an endless web of cat videos? […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

As you may know, Steve Pinker has recently gone to Tasmania, and of course took his digital SLR equipment with him. Here are a few snaps from his travels; you can find the whole collection here. First things first: Tasmanian devil, Sarcophilus harrisii: Common wombat, Vombatus ursinus (young): Blue-tongued skink, Tiliqua nigrolutea: Masked lapwing, Vanellus miles: Tawny frogmouth, Podargus strigoides: […]

Monday: Dobrzyn

Sadly, this is the last report from my trip to Dobrzyn, as I take the afternoon train to Warsaw. We leave in 15 minutes for the station. A typical day begins with me exiting my room at about 7:30 a.m. By that time, Andrzej and Malgorzata have already risen, showered, eaten breakfast, and are hard […]

Dobrzyn: Sunday

Tomorrow afternoon it’s a sad farewell to the quiet village of Dobrzyn and my human and other mammalian friends. The post-Albatross vacation is nearly at an end, and who knows what criticism awaits me on my return? But, for the nonce, I’m enjoying my final days. Here are some photos from yesterday, and I’ll tender […]

Saturday: Dobrzyn

The “heat wave” in Poland seems to have subsided for a while, as it’s cooler and often overcast. Yesterday we ran out of noms, and so made a trip to the local market, a small shop run by a family, and to the big grocery store on the town square. In the little store there’s a […]

Dobrzyn: Thursday

Today was quiet and cooler, and the Princess came in after a night on the tiles. I noticed (after all this time) that her nose is two colors: pink and brick red (with a lining of black on one side). I’m sure you’re keen to see a picture of a cat nose: Cyrus is still […]


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