FRISCO — In between fretting about Colorado River flows and reporting on the travails of endangered lynx and sage-grouse, it’s good to get out and see the world. It helps look at issues in a global context — and so many issues these days are global. Of course, not every story is environmental. Sometimes, travel comes down to the simple task of trying to find a Frisbee in Rome … Travel: Around the world with a Frisbee.
Travel doesn’t necessarily require a passport. There are plenty of adventures to be had within a few hundred miles of anywhere, especially when you set out for the remote hinterlands north of the Grand Canyon with what you know is sketchy starter in your engine … Travel: Karma and climate change in the Southwest.
Little things can be the most memorable, like buying a big box of blueberries from a roadside vendor at a dusty, nowhere crossroads in Slovenia, then eating on the train while watching a blazing Adriatic sunset … A Balkan sampler: Blueberries and mopeds in Slovenia.
Spanish archaeologists pinpoint a memorial erected by Augustus Caesar
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Rome has always been a nexus of history, art, culture and politics, and now, Spanish researchers they’ve confirmed the exact location where Julius Caesar was stabbed to death on the Ides of March in 44 BC.
A concrete structure of three meters wide and more than two meters high, placed by order of Augustus (adoptive son and successor of Julius Caesar) to condemn the assassination of his father, was the key for the scientists.
“We always knew that Julius Caesar was killed in the Curia of Pompey on March 15th 44 BC because the classical texts pass on so, but so far no material evidence of this fact, so often depicted in historicist painting and cinema, had been recovered,” said Antonio Monterroso, CSIC researcher from the Institute of History of the Center for Humanities and Social Sciences. Continue reading “New find confirms location of Julius Caesar’s assassination”→
Global game is an ice-breaker — and can help burn off calories from a schnitzel dinner
By Bob Berwyn
It wasn’t until Van Tazzi skidded his moped to a stop a few inches from the top of the Spanish Steps that I started to regret my offer to search Rome’s toy stores for a Frisbee.
It had seemed so important that morning, as we all sat around the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, deciding that we’d seen enough classical sculptures for the day. A Frisbee was what we needed to liven up the breaks between site-seeing, and since I was the only one of our ragged group of backpackers who could speak a passable sentence of Italian, I volunteered.
After several near misses that didn’t faze Van Tazzi in the least, I was breathing deeply, trying to slow my heartbeat. I watched our 15-year-old fixer race into the crowd, chattering as he went, no doubt asking everyone where he might find a “Friz-a-bi.” The flying discs are apparently as rare in Rome as flying pigs. Continue reading “Travel: Around the world with a Frisbee”→