I Was Gone But Now I’m Back

April 22, 2009

I’ve been very neglectful of this blog lately. I’ve been in Frankfurt for a week for family reasons and was extremely busy while I was there. I actually started to write a blog entry at one point during the week but never finished it. So my apologies! Anyway, I’m back now and ready to post!

So here’s Frankfurt:

And here’s the euro symbol out in front of the European Central Bank in Willy-Brandt Platz (it’s amazing how many people were photographing each other in front of this – imagine Americans photographing each other in front of a big dollar sign in front of the Fed in DC):

And, finally, here’s Heidelberg, which I very briefly made it down to:

A couple of bullshit off-the-cuff observations about Frankfurt this time around:

— Why can’t we build a public transportation system like that?
— No speed limits on the highway can’t be a good idea.
— I’m pretty certain that pop culture and clothing styles between the US and Europe have converged over the past 25 years.
— I don’t want to live anywhere ever again that’s not on the ocean.
— Why doesn’t Boston have any good Turkish restaurants?
— Frankfurt has become a very diverse city.

On a final note, is it just coincidence that major revelations about US torture come out when I’m abroad, or is there a reason for it? In 2004 when the Abu Ghraib photos came out, I was in Prague. I awoke and came downstairs in the hotel to find the now-famous hooded-electrode guy with outstretched arms on the cover of every newspaper. That was a really fun day to be American. This time the Obama administration released the torture memos that detailed, among other things, how we put people in cages with insects a la Orwell’s 1984.


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