The boring meerkat, ubiquitous squirrel and chocolate acorn

Squirrels are America’s meerkat.  The locals don’t bat an eye at them, but the visitor finds them fascinating.  While living in East Africa, meerkats were boring.  Meerkats, meerkats, more meerkats.  At the American zoo, they draw crowds.  I haven’t seen North American squirrels in a zoo in Africa (embarrassing disclaimer: I haven’t been to a… Read More The boring meerkat, ubiquitous squirrel and chocolate acorn

A statue’s view of San Diego – the best panorama

It’s all laid out before you, from left to right.  The submarine base in Point Loma hundreds of feet below.  The bay surrounded by San Diego villages and suburbs.  From this height, one can see the mountains in the distant east and follow them south into Mexico.  The Coronado Bridge in the foreground, which looks… Read More A statue’s view of San Diego – the best panorama

San Diego answers with a community Christmas Market

Last Thursday when I posted about German Christmas markets I admit I was feeling a bit sorry for myself that I couldn’t be there this year.  Traditional food and drink, artisan wares, community gathering.  I was pleasantly surprised three days later by a fest that took place not two blocks from our house and supplied… Read More San Diego answers with a community Christmas Market