With a bit of imagination, one can see this scene as metaphor for old meeting new: modern technology side-by-side with superstition.
The garden of a hotel in/on Mauritius is guarded by the latest video surveillance equipment, while ancient figures watch over the spirits...or the spirits watch over the garden and anyone passing by. Who knows...
I noticed a bit about the extinction of the dodo bird, only because the article mentioned that this bird was last seen on Mauritius. Having just been in that country, the name caught my attention. I am not interested in dodo birds.
That said, this did spark a thought. I am sure that extinction is not nice for any species—I do not look forward to my own. But, I would not be said if pigeons became extinct. They serve no purpose, now that the military no longer needs carrier pigeons for communication, and are irritating: aurally, physically, and visually. And, I am certain that the world’s statues will happy to be rid of them. No one, dead or captured in stone, likes to be dumped on…
Sharp readers will notice that something changed.
The time had come...or I needed something to do (to avoid other projects).
I do not know if this is better, but it is different. The visual is supposed to suggest creativity. Pages should load faster, because there are less layers. The photos need more thought, but these were handy for quick change.
If you do not like this, I will surely change again...some day...
The photos in the slide show below are screen shots on the in-seat television of an Emirates Boeing 777 which display the scene from the out-board camera on the aircraft. This is, basically, the view the pilot has of what's in front of him. The slide show demonstrates the approach and landing at Frankfurt. The weather is not great, so the shots are not as clear as they could be.
The first photo is from about twenty miles out on the glide path to runway 2r left. The airport is the light patch in the centre of the photo. This will become more apparent at the aircraft gets closer.
The light line curving through the middle photos is the A3 autobahn, one of the busiest highways in Europe. The parallel runway, 25 right, is--where else?--on the right.
The terminal is on the right side of the runway. On the left side is the site of the former Rhine Main Airbase, which will soon become Terminal 3 of Frankfurt airport. The space is currently being used for freight operations, private jets, and maintenance hangars.
The last photo is just before the aircraft veers to the right, following the yellow line to a taxi way.
The photo below, shot over Turkey, provides enlightenment to anyone unfamiliar with meteorology.
This is a classic anvil head Cumulonimbus, better known as a thunderhead. If you have ever been caught in a thunder storm (on the ground, of course, because if you have been in an aircraft, you would be alive to read this fine prose), this is what the sky above your head looks like, unless of course it’s an imbedded thunderstorm, which is impossible to photograph (because it’s imbedded).
This is the type of cloud formation feared, and rightly so, by all pilots. These seething giants can toss about and tear apart even to largest and heaviest aircraft. None is immune from its power and ferociousness. There is no better example of how nature always wins in fight, because the fight is never fair and there is nothing humans can do about that lack of fairness and always losing. One can only remain at a safe distance, admire the beauty, and take photographs.
This is about fish (as the title might suggest)...
I have heard that people travel to Mauritius to snorkel and scuba dive because to the abundant sea life. I spotted one decent size fish (it looks better in profile, but the bloody thing turned!) and one school of minnows during my 9 day stay. In the Maldives, fish were abundant every time I peered into the water and more-abundant each time I stuck my face in the water wearing a diving mask.
That said, I enjoyed the best tuna of my life caught in the water off Mauritius. That says a lot, because I have eaten very expensive tuna in Japan and in top Japanese restaurants. Those folks are supposed to know a thing or two about tuna. I hope that they do not discover Mauritius.
Anyway, I spoke with a local man fishing off the beach of the hotel (all beaches are open to the public in Mauritius). I commented on my lack of sightings and asked about his luck. He had had none that day. He explained that fishing had declined and the reefs been shrinking for years. This man has first-hand knowledge of the effects of climate change that US politicians deny. Guess who’s smarter: the one trying to feed his family or the ones bought off by lobbyist?
Why is there no internet site—something like Guestadvisor, instead of Tripadvisor--that provides space for hotels to comment on guests?
Hotels are not able to choose their guests, but they should be able to praise nice ones and warn other hotels of horrible ones. Even better would be if guests could find out who has booked into the same hotel and decide if they want to risk sitting near such people in the hotel restaurant or beside the pool. Hotels can see what kind of people have received a room and treat them accordingly upon check-in…such as putting them in a bad room.
Rating could include polite/arrogant; neat/messy; easily pleased/demanding; thankful/entitled; pleasant to staff/nasty; scrounge amenities/demand more; generous tipper/stingy; steal towels, bathrobe, etc; spend on extras/bring own alcohol; and so on.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.