The Last Rays of Summer

Every year around this time, Otto the Bavarian Zookeeper and I go through the same ritual. We begin to say things like “Well, Otto the Bavarian Zookeeper, this weekend will be our last opportunity to go hiking, so we should make the most of it, eh?” or “So, Otto the Bavarian Zookeeper, how about one […]

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Tiptoe Through the Tulips — A Walk through the Garden Show in Hamburg

I love flowers. Andrew the Whale Whisperer has always told me I take too many pictures of flowers, so why does he ask, “Do you have your camera?” as we’re setting out for the Garden show in Hamburg? Of course I have my camera. It’s cold and almost raining. We have our umbrellas just in […]

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BirthEasterDay in Italy

Christopher Allen on his ::coughs-th:: birthdayMy birthday always falls close to Easter, so we’re always on a trip when the clock strikes 12 and I turn another year younger. This year, it was my great fortune to turn ::coughs:: on Easter. Oddly, one of my many nicknames over my ::coughs:: years was “Bunny” (given to […]

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