In Marrakech

We arrived in Marrakech from Zurich. Having been to 60 countries, this was the worst immigration process I’ve ever seen. Over a thousand people in serpentine lines shuffling forward, most with their faces in their iPhones often neglecting to move. The immigration officers were polite, but had the ridiculous paperwork for each person, as if we were petitioning to get into heaven. At least the luggage was waiting for us when we emerged, but then we had to get into …


Fly the Ocean in A Silver Plane

We’ve just flown about 18,000 miles in 10 days, stayed at one of the finest hotels in Johannesburg (or in Africa), then in an exquisite game lodge in the “bush,” and spent four full days leaving from 6 am to 10 am, and again from 4 pm to 7 pm, in a huge Land Rover Defender, driving across broken trails and no trails to see scores of different species and thousands of animals up close. These are the opportunities this …


Out of Africa

The silence is stunning. We are motoring through the South African Veldt and when the engine is turned off you hear only silence. It is broken by an occasional bird’s trill, the bird itself an iridescent, curved-beak glider looking to get lucky. The air is fresh and clean. Some days there are no clouds at all, half a globe overhead of cerulean that meets the mountains and the plains below. The animals don’t smell. Their dung, which is all around, …




New York, New York

I might have had the most perfectly cooked filet mignon in my life last night at the Hunt and Fish Club, then house seats at Carousel, and going backstage after to meet the Tony-nominated star. In other words, another average evening in The City.


Nevis

There are wild donkeys here. And I don’t mean skinny, weak creatures. They are good-looking, healthy, and highly independent. They are smart enough to walk along the verge and not in the middle of the very narrow roads. We saw one on a patch of grass next to the ocean, and couldn’t figure out how it got there. On the way back I saw it on a path in the underbrush which serves the purpose. The Irish start every sentence …