Monthly Archives: January 2013

Everything in its Right Place

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Ok. I’m officially worried. Worried because as of last Friday, the last painting – our art work was scattered amongst friends and family when we first left for London-NYC – is on the wall at our new place.  And my … Continue reading

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A Stroll through Old Rangoon

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Downtown Yangon is like an open-air museum; an ode in brick, mortar and cast iron, to the British Empire (and the British Raj, of which Yangon was the Eastern-most point, until Burma became a colonial possession in its own right). … Continue reading

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The Strand Hotel, Yangon

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No. 92 Strand Road Speaking of timelessness… The delicious irony about all the legendary colonial hotels in the region is that change had come often drastically to these grand old dames, in order that they may look as though no … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour VIII – Burmese Days… Yangon, Myanmar

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“…[a]n agreeable life, luncheon at this club or that, drives along trim, wide roads, bridge at this club or that, gin pahits…then back through the night to dress for dinner and out again to dine with this hospitable host or … Continue reading

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187th Street – Act II: Al Amanecer (Overlook Terrace to Henry Hudson Parkway)

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Just past Bennett Avenue, the landscape abruptly shifts.  The narrative has changed from one of struggle to inevitable resolution. A steep flight of stairs appears as if out of nowhere on Overlook Terrace, breaking 187th Street into two.  Walking up … Continue reading

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187th Street – Act I: Paciencia y Fe (Laurel Hill Terrace to Bennett Ave)

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In the musical, In the Heights, the song Paciencia Y Fe is performed by Abuela Claudia, the heart of the community, and also its adopted grandmother.  It is a touching account of her life story, and that of many other … Continue reading

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Manhattan in 12 Sts: 187th Street – In the Heights (More Ways Than One)

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From Ground Zero, we make a superhuman leap across the length of the small island to northern-most Manhattan, where streets once again break free from the tyranny of the grid system, in more ways than one: here also, Manhattan appears … Continue reading

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