Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Walls


Ailsa’s travel theme this week is walls.  Above an Eastern Orthodox monk descends steps beside a wall at the Pechersk Lavra monastery in Kiev, Ukraine.

See more “wall” themes from Ailsa at Where’s my backpack. Continue reading “Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Walls”


IMG_6635_SnapseedThe Japanese Friendship Garden, San-Kei-En, represents a bond of friendship between the peoples of San Diego and Yokohama.  Situated in Balboa Park in San Diego, the garden was named after the San-Kei-En Garden in Yokohama.  Above is a picture of the Zen Garden where seven large rocks imported from Japan serve as meditation points in the raked gravel. Continue reading “San-Kei-En”

Introducing Kede


A week ago Kongo asked for help in naming the newest member of the monkey troop.  Many gentle readers provided some outstanding monkey name suggestions and the decision was difficult.  As Kongo scampered about the country this week between San Diego, Washington, Tampa, and Omaha he pondered all the nominations before settling on Kede (kay-day), suggested by Patrick, Kongo’s youngest who is finishing his doctorate in linguistics at MIT and has become somewhat of an authority on Kinande, one of the Bantu languages of Central Africa where there are indeed a lot of monkeys.  (I’m not making this up).  Read on for a short dissertation on monkey words in Kinande and all the suggested names. Continue reading “Introducing Kede”