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Moscow, Russia 2016

Posted on December 3rd, 2016 by Viveca

This is part two of the same trip (because I can’t deal with the massive image galleries). If you’re interested, read St. Petersburg, Russia 2016 first. Moscow I loved, loved, loved St. Petersburg. Every day I passed fascinating-looking places that I wished I had more time to explore, but by the time I got to […]

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St. Petersburg, Russia 2016

Posted on October 11th, 2016 by Viveca

St. Petersburg Once again, I decided to use David’s work as an excuse for my phone. He was designing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Rossiya theater in Moscow, and I took it as incentive for my first trip to Russia. The show was scheduled to open October 1, 2016, but David had to be […]

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Philippines 2015

Posted on July 15th, 2015 by Viveca

Jeepney

My paramour David designed the set for the Asian tour of Saturday Night Fever, which means he’s spending three weeks in Manila for load-in. This is his third production in Manila, so he’s been there many times, has friends there, and knows the city, but when he’s working, he’s mostly stuck in the theater all […]

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Fiji 2014

Posted on March 2nd, 2014 by Viveca

Coconut and shard

Note: This is part four of a six-week trip. For the previous installments, please see my posts on New Zealand, Australia, and Vanuatu. If Vanuatu was consistently voted the happiest place on earth, Fiji might be the friendliest. The flight attendants were ebullient. I don’t think I’ve ever before heard a plane announcement asking passengers […]

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Vanuatu 2014

Posted on March 2nd, 2014 by Viveca

Lava, hot

Note: This is part three of a six-week trip. For the previous installments, please see my posts on New Zealand and Australia. When Paul suggested going to Australia, I said, “okay, but if we’re in that neighborhood, I want to go to Vanuatu.” I’d first heard of the tiny 83-island Pacific nation from a friend […]

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Australia 2014

Posted on January 30th, 2014 by Viveca

Kangaroo, Bonorong Wildlife Center, Tasmania, Australia

Note: This is part two of a six-week trip. For the previous installment, please see New Zealand 2014. We picked up a rental car at the airport in Hobart and drove to a house we’re staying at through Airbnb. I’ve been an Airbnb host for three years and am excited by my first time being […]

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New Zealand 2014

Posted on January 28th, 2014 by Viveca

Almost a year after my car got destroyed in a Hurricane Sandy-related incident, I was back in New York and ready to buy a new car, only I didn’t want to have to do any research, make any decisions, or negotiate with anyone about a price. A friend agreed to help me figure it out, […]

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Vietnam 2007

Posted on September 18th, 2012 by Viveca

Red Hmong

Notes, photos, and video from visiting Vietnam in November 2007 with James. We booked a flight to Hanoi, one night in a hotel there, and a flight out of Ho Chi Minh City three weeks later. We figured everything else out as we went. Stopover in Anchorage: The airport is an exotic mix of America/Alaska […]

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Puerto Rico 1999

Posted on April 22nd, 2012 by Viveca

Dry forest

Jon and I went to Puerto Rico in September of 1999. Neither of us really wanted to go. We’d put off planning a vacation for too long, because he didn’t have a job and didn’t know when he’d be moving, but once he committed to moving in October, we decided to get in one good […]

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Poland, Czech Republic 2000

Posted on April 9th, 2012 by Viveca

Warsaw police

July 2000 The first thing everyone asks when I say I went to Poland is always, “why?” My mother was invited to give a talk on “Anality, Masculinity, and South Park, or Why the Devil is Gay” at the International Conference on Literature and Psychology in Bialystok, which is a small, industrial city in northeast […]

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Weighing the options

SIR: St. George, Staten Island

Monday, April 9, 2012 Spring break for the Salisbury (CT) public ...

3: 148th Street/Harlem, Manhattan

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 I read a bit of that Quran, ...

S: Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn

Thursday, August 11, 2011 Boy if I thought Damaso changing his ...

NQ: Astoria/Ditmars Boulevard, Queens

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 It’s been almost five months since our ...

JEZ: Jamaica Center/Parsons Archer, Queens

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 We take the J because we both ...

SIR: Tottenville, Staten Island

Saturday, March 26, 2011 Holy end-of-the-line, Batman, Staten Island is really ...

2: Wakefield/241st Street, The Bronx

Thursday, March 24, 2011 We pull a last-minute switcheroo on our ...

R: Bay Ridge/95th Street, Brooklyn

Sunday, March 20, 2011 Ooph. No beautiful glowing glass art at ...

L: 14th Street/8th Avenue, Manhattan

Friday, March 18, 2011 This trip feels oddly important. It’s the ...

1: South Ferry, Manhattan

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Sometimes, admittedly not as often as I’d ...

L: Rockaway Canarsie, Brooklyn

Sunday, March 13, 2011 After 18 years here, the cultural associations ...

6: Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx

Monday, February 21, 2011 We went to Manhattan. We went to ...

M: Middle Village, Metropolitan Ave., Queens

Saturday, February 19, 2011 Yesterday kids were playing basketball outdoors in ...

A: Inwood-207th Street, Manhattan

Thursday February 3, 2011 The idea had been hanging over my ...