A wonderful, challenging, and enlightening journey has come to an end. Like every great project, it was made possible by the people who helped me along the way: My family, my friends, Eli, Eli’s family, the artists I read and the artists I met, my hosts, and, of course, the readers of this blog. Many thanks to you all. It will certainly not be my last literary travel project, so stay tuned for alerts from this site.
Long strolls through Parque Chapultepec and vegan lunch at the cafeteria of a Hare Krishna temple – the memories of my first visit to Ciudad de México in 2014 make the city seem relaxed and peaceful. Upon my return, the impression is different. With 9 million inhabitants in the center and 20.4 million inhabitants in the greater urban area, Ciudad de México is the most populous city in North America. It takes the bus almost three hours to get from the first signs of sprawl to Terminal Central del Norte. But not just the size of the city, the language, too, poses more problems than expected. Without a travel companion fluent in Spanish, even simple, everyday interactions are difficult and exhausting. Nevertheless, the kindness of friends and fellow writers makes my stay worthwhile. Literary Landmarks in Ciudad de México weiterlesen
Sometime during the 17-hour-trainride from Portland to San Francisco, the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest turn into the hills covered by yellow and green grasslands and bushes that surround the Bay Area. The Ohlone people, including the Yelamu, are the original inhabitants of the area that is now San Francisco. They were the largest group of Native Americans south of the Coast Salish before European settlement expanded from the East Coast. Now their traces are few and far in between. The time of Spanish colonization and Mexican affiliation, however, is still present in many place and street names. Books, Booths, and Burritos in San Francisco weiterlesen