Emergency Landing

Last week when my plane from Prague was about to land at Amsterdam, the captain announced that we would have an emergency landing.  Suddenly, all the flight attendants were out in the isles, briskly walking up and down, making sure every one was buckled really tight, and demonstrating the postures that we passengers should assume when the plan […]

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A Proud Austrian

I went to Vienna in Austria from Zlin in Czech by train.  The Czech train was old looking, like those in movies that depicted the Russia era in the 1920s.  When stopping, its long and loud metal screaching sound made some local passengers habitually press their fingers on their ears. The train attendants, who checked passengers’ tickets, though spoke only a little English, were […]

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The Attractiveness of White Men

I was in Zlin, a small city in the Czech Republic, for 10 days.  I saw about twelve Asians and one black person there.  A city of white people.  I didn’t notice any white man particularly attractive until the day before my departure when I interacted with a young sales man in a store that sold climbing equipment.  On top of his good looks, […]

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The Power of Idea

While waiting for a midnight train at the Oswiecim station, I had a conversation with a fellow Canadian who had also visited the Auschwitz Museum that day.  The visit, he said, did not deliver the powerful shocking impact on him as he had expected.  He didn’t feel as moved as he did when watching a movie.  […]

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