These Islands by Danny Couch

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Working from Lyon, France

I recently returned from beautiful Lyon, France, where I worked for a month. It was great to be in France again and I look forward to returning in May. I stayed in a renovated apartment in a 16th century building (in historic Vieux Lyon, a UNESCO world heritage site). It had a unique staircase, which was built without a core.

a rue Lainerie staircase
a rue Lainerie staircase | source: Photo-Seb.net

 

Here are some photos that I took during my stay:

Family Trip to Waikiki

A week ago, I took my parents on a Hawaiian vacation. We stayed in a Honolulu apartment, a block from Waikiki beach. My father is rehabilitating from successful neck surgery.

A few of the highlights from our trip were the visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center and the awesome show “Ha, the Breath of Life,” drinking a delicious non-alcoholic Hakka at Yauatcha, almond-pineapple-coconut croissants at the b. patisserie Waikiki International Market Place, and crepes with fresh local fruit at Arrancio di Mare.

I also enjoyed getting up early and taking my boogie board in the warm ocean water. On Saturday night, I went to the oceanfront Rumfire nightclub at the Sheraton-Waikiki, where the atmosphere was friendly and full of energy.

Here are some photos from our trip:

Meet Modern Russia

Some Americans (and Europeans), especially the political class, need to get over their knee-jerk Russophobia– and should really stop all the hating. I loved my experiences in Russia. The people are very generous and have big hearts.

The US seems to be upset that Russia is taking its rightful place as a global superpower. It makes it more difficult for the US to go around the world doing whatever it wants, whenever it wants, to developing countries (like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya,  Somalia, Panama, Yugoslavia, Yemen, Pakistan, Vietnam, Iran, Chile, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Cambodia, Laos, Cuba, and so on and so on).