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National Museum

Everyone has an opinion about the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. During the time I’ve been in Cairo I’ve heard “it’s a jumbled mess,” “it’s a national disgrace,” and “you have to go, but you won’t like it.” Of course, I had to see for … Continue reading

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In the meantime zone

We are fond of the St. Athans, a budget hotel near London’s Russell Square. But I thought that this time it would be fun to stay somewhere different so I booked us an Airbnb in Greenwich. I’d only been out here once before, for … Continue reading

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We finally tore ourselves away from Stockholm but we didn’t get far. We took the train to Uppsala, a lovely old city that is home to the oldest university in Scandinavia. Both Carl Linnaeus and Anders Celsius taught there. We … Continue reading

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It must have been a bummer for the sailmakers, smiths, carpenters, barrel-makers, and painters – not to mention the navy and the king – when the great Swedish warship Vasa went down in Stockholm’s harbor 20 minutes into her maiden … Continue reading

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Lucy: “I’m home!”

Lucy’s back in town. AL 288-1, aka Lucy, was discovered in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia in 1974.  The hundreds of little pieces add up to about 40% of the skeleton of a 3.2 million year old female Australopithecus afarensis.  … Continue reading

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The Sarajevo Haggadah

The what? I’ll admit, I had to look it up myself.  The Haggadah is the Jewish text that is read aloud at the Passover Seder table.  It tells the story of Exodus. The earliest copies still in existence are 14th century illuminated manuscripts.  … Continue reading

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Night at the museums

We noticed a couple of museum workers putting together a new display at the Svrzo house last Wednesday.  They said they were preparing for the “noć muzeja .”  Andreas and I didn’t get it right away, but the French lady we were … Continue reading

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The Svrzo House

Andreas has no classes on Wednesdays.  This gives us a chance to do the kinds of touristy things that induce massive eye-rolling when suggested to the teenager.  While the cat’s at school, the mice hit the museums. This Wednesday we had to walk over … Continue reading

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