Maximum contrast on the East River.

Maximum contrast on the East River.



"Harlan Ellison, the science-fiction writer, has often said that there are only two plots in literature: a person goes on a journey; a stranger comes to town."
— Tony Hiss, In Motion: The Experience of Travel


Missing the weekend.

Missing the weekend.



Cherry blossoms in Long Island City.

Cherry blossoms in Long Island City.



"This place is very Paul Brady, but at 70 percent of the price."
— My buddy’s text message review of The Ordinary in Charleston, South Carolina, which I had recommended he try for dinner.


On board the Stad Amsterdam yesterday.

On board the Stad Amsterdam yesterday.



The English Rose, a small inn and restaurant, home to Rincon’s best breakfast. I liked the huevos rancheros.

The English Rose, a small inn and restaurant, home to Rincon’s best breakfast. I liked the huevos rancheros.



These new pillows are so popular that this Boston hotel will start selling them for $75 each.

Yesterday we stopped for lunch at Lechonera Rancho T in Lares, the home of Puerto Rico’s 19th-century rally for independence from Spain. As a machete-wielding butcher chopped up an enormous slow-roasted pig, we ordered two pounds of pork, complete with crackling skin the texture of peanut brittle. We added a pastel, the island’s pig-and-olive-stuffed answer to tamales, a house-stuffed morcilla, rice and peas, yucca salad and roasted potato. Not pictured: enough Medalla beer to wash it all down.

Yesterday we stopped for lunch at Lechonera Rancho T in Lares, the home of Puerto Rico’s 19th-century rally for independence from Spain. As a machete-wielding butcher chopped up an enormous slow-roasted pig, we ordered two pounds of pork, complete with crackling skin the texture of peanut brittle. We added a pastel, the island’s pig-and-olive-stuffed answer to tamales, a house-stuffed morcilla, rice and peas, yucca salad and roasted potato. Not pictured: enough Medalla beer to wash it all down.



Arecibo Observatory this afternoon.

Arecibo Observatory this afternoon.



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