week 41


Mon: Google doing evil invading users privacy and hackers encrypting hard drive disks for ransom are reasons for concern according to the Xenius team.

Tue: La Alhambra gardens and others in the region show the long imprint of Arab and North African cultures in Al-Andalus.

Wed: Saudi Arabian poetess Hissa Hilal is a striking example of the unreasonableness of uncritical maintenance of yesteryear’s traditions.

Thu: Recently renovated Tabriz bazaar and caravanserai in East Azerbaijan province is a must-see for a traveller along the new Silk Road.

Fri: Sequoia tree story of Julia Butterfly’s 700 plus days hanged on its top to protect the Redwoods forest from loggers in northern California makes the specimen a truly immortal arbre.



week 40


Mon: Xenius chases after the elusive wild cat reintroduced in Germany’s preserved areas.

Tue: “Gardens of the Orient” stops in Iran with highlights from the oasis cities of Kashan, Isfahan and, Shiraz.

Wed: The book “pulse of life” presents the all important nutritional value of pulses (mainly legumes).

Thu: A new take on the “silk road”, starting in Venice and going through Edirne, Istanbul and Bursa. A long way to go…

Fri: “Tree histories”  final European example came from France with a millenarian evergreen tree pair by the graveyard of a village church. No doubt the spot was already venerated during shamanic times.

week 39


Mon: Severe septicemia is cause for drastic medical intervention since it is deadly in hours.

Tue: The druids are alive and well around a millenarian oak tree in rural England.

Wed: Insectivores in Sardinia gorge in cheese full of worms.

Thu: Jakarta turns out to be another Mumbai…


week 38


Mon: Xenius ponders the low glycemic index benefits of whole grain flour in bread.

Tue: The Arkadia park gardens in Poland with a purpose built ruined house makes the surrounding greenery truly romantic.

Wed: The insectivore chefs are drifting thru Japan pursuing the eggs and larvae of wasp and hornet bees taken straight from their nests…

Fri: Kuala Lumpur shines with its mixture of malay, indian and chinese communities.


week 37


Mon: Xenius vividly measures how the trunk body temperature can be stable while the extremities can fall below 20C.

Tue: The openness of the Muskau gardens at the border between Germany and Poland as a metaphor for an ideal Europe.

Wed: Insectivores kiddos in Mexico get to overindulge in maggots and Moctezuma’s revenge follows suit.

Thu: The magic city of Muscat has, so far, striked a better balance between modernity and tradition than its neighboring flashy Dubai.

Fri: The cypress tree at the franciscan abbey in the village of Verucchio close to the Adriatic coast of Italy is truly memorable.


week 36


Mon: Xenius visits the Millau viaduct that on the route from Paris to Barcelona crosses over the river Tarn.

Tue: Another impressive green park in the center of a city, the Maksimir gardens of Zagreb.

Wed: The insectivore chefs travel to Australia to gain the Aboriginal knowledge on what underground roots to dig out, and how to crack them open to pick larvae from their interior and grill them.

Thu: Dubai massive and quick urban development gets portrayed as a magic city.

Fri: The humongous plane tree of the Geroplatanos village in Greece is a sight worth the detour.

week 35


Mon: Xenius depicts Homo digitalis as the inevitable cyborg we will all become.

Tue: The Esterhazy gardens as the ultimate sign of good taste separating the nouveau rich from the old money.

Wed: A couple of young chefs try the insect based recipes from east Africa. The termite fat queen did not look very appetizing.

Thu: The magic of Casablanca with its mixture of old quarters and water front corniche makes it a very tempting destination for surfers and non-surfers too.

Fri: A millenarian oleaster tree on Corsica golden coast is reason enough for a trip to the Mediterranean island.