He’s standing at his front door in a dressing gown as I come down the stairs with the suitcase. I say good morning as I pass, and he nods back, but something’s not right. I’m down a half flight and realizing we probably woke him up, when he shouts after me…
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In the year 1670 Baruch Spinoza published a book called Tractatus Theologico-Politicus. Apparently that was the first time many people in Europe were exposed to the idea that the Bible was not the work of God…
There once was a town where fire was forbidden. Fire was too dangerous, the authorities said. People couldn’t be trusted to use it responsibly. They risked hurting themselves or their loved ones, even the entire town.
They’re brilliant, local, super-friendly. We stay and laugh with them for a few minutes. Then: “Hey, we’re going to a really fun gay bar down the road. Do yez want to join us?”
Business obsessed. Woke up this morning thinking of Facebook ads. On the way to rafting I’m crunching numbers. 6 jeeps, 7 customers in each. €65 a head if they stay overnight. That’s €500 best-case.
Clambered up there for a half hour on little more than a rabbit trail, passing long-abandoned buildings set into the rock and forgotten turrets crumbling into thin air. A route clearly not meant for tourists. Reached the top with scratched limbs and a big grin.