week 21


Mon: Are humans growing taller and taller? It looks like H. sapiens has hit a plateau at around 1.82 meters, much like in lifespan at around 115 years.

Tue: The gardens at villa Borghese in Rome delight in their appeal for nature no matter the season. Why is it so hard for city planners to get it right? Blame it on money.

Wed: The finnish viking starts his “Le caucase en 30 jours” trip in Sochi. Too bad he missed the walk along the hanging bridge over the Akhshtyrskoe gorge in the Mzymta river valley on the way to Krasnaya Polyana.

Thu: Mark Twain’s trip to Germany in the late 1860s gives a perspective on how a traveler influences the stereotype that his home society will construct about his host culture. Moral of the story: Do travel yourself!

Fri: Judy Garland’s career travails, just like those of Marlene Dietrich or Edith Piaf, show the high price paid for a life in the entertainment business.



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