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25.8.10

BH.net: Spain's San Sebastian, the isle of Elba, Lake Como, Australia's Northern Territory, and a poem that travels across the globe

Some updates on our recent content, and new contributors...

San Sebastian, Spain
1. From Corderos and Cheese to Alubias and Artisans: A Day in the Basque Country with San Sebastian Food by Emily Monaco, writer & foodie who takes a "gastronomic adventure" of the Northern Spanish countryside:
We're shown the rest of the facilities, from where the sheep are milked to where the milk is mixed with rennet to where the actual rounds of cheese are formed. I'm hit with a wave of pungency as she opens a door for us to peer at rows upon rows of cheese, still sitting through the aging process. As we wander through the rooms, she offhandedly tells us about life here during the other seasons, how in the summertime, they head an hour and a half into the mountains by car and then twenty more minutes by foot or horse to where the lambs graze—it's not reachable any other way. I can hardly fathom that to them, this is normal, and as we wind back down towards the house, where she lives with her husband and baby Maggie, who has been surprisingly quiet and pleasant through the whole ordeal, I think about how much I would like this expanse of sky and grass and cheese to be my "normal.
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Elba, Italy
2. Teaching on the Island of Elba by Linnea West, teacher of English; learner of Italian:
If a person is familiar with the island of Elba at all, it is probably because Napoleon was exiled there in 1814. In fact his luxurious pink villa remains there, furnished in high Regency style and overlooking the Mediterranean. That was all I knew about the location of my first job teaching English; the detail kept ricocheting through my head along with the palindrome "Able I was, ere I saw Elba" as I boarded the ferry at Piombino along with a few other camp employees and a gaggle of Italian preteens.
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5. Mesmeric Como, Travel Delicacy by Jamie L. Chicoine, capturing the brilliance of this famous Y-shaped lake and playground for European aristocrats (as well as American celebrities):
entrancing moon glow, bouncing off the lake’s wind stirred serrated waves, brilliantly welcoming the visitors to the hidden Italian keepsake, as the locals refer to as lago di como. the pristine gem of escape, luxury and breath; away from the high glamour, crisp lime martini mojito refreshments and designer modish branding gatherings.
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universal; Arabia; Australia; Denmark; France; Italy; Japan; Persia; Switzerland; Tibet

3. Around the World by Ivan Jenson, worldly poet & artist:
and it will be
soft as French fabric
and Tibetan tapestry
and we will all
run barefoot on
Persian rugs
and the magic carpets of
Arabia
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Northern Territory, Australia
4. The Red Earth by Sahar Delijani, who comes to terms with the harshness of both this desert landscape and the state of its indigenous people:
Frightened, I embrace myself and try not to think of the murderous nature around me. I run from the bus to the safety of my hotel room, take a long shower, turn on the television, pour myself a glass of chilling white wine. I do everything necessary to push the desert to the edges, forget about its existence. But I know it is out there, breathing slowly, taking its time, creeping into my bed at night. Civilization has never seemed so fleeting.
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