Langebaan Lagoon

Eerie, Caribbean-looking in the middle of much South African dryness, turquoise and surprisingly appealing, the Langebaan Lagoon exists on a parallel dimension. Its waters are cold despite the shallowness and color, cruel reminder of a West Coast location on the frigid Atlantic Benguela current. The lagoon is surrounded by much vegetation, protected and isolated by low…

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Lobster Run

A long time ago, the sailing ship I worked on in the Caribbean would stop bi-weekly in the Tobago Cays, St Vincent and the Grenadines. We avoided Union Island, the largest of nearby inhabited islands, stopped for a day in Mayreau, also inhabited albeit barely, and then sailed next door to the Tobago Cays, isolated…

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Groundhog Day-jà Vu

Punxsutawney Phil did not see its shadow and an early spring is upon us. In a comical twist, other animals are being thrown into the prediction business and Staten Island’s groundhog Chuck is now claiming the 49ers will win the Superbowl. Whatever. Today’s online New York Times City Room section features an article on NYC…

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