Take a Ride on the Berlin-Wrocław Railway

The Kulturzug (“Culture Train”) is the only direct connection from Berlin to the Polish city of Wrocław, formerly the German city of Breslau, and one with a formidable history behind it, as the route was one of the very first long-distance rail connections in Europe, going all the way back to 1842. I was luckyContinue reading “Take a Ride on the Berlin-Wrocław Railway”

A Kraków Tour

Some scenes from a trip to Kraków, Poland a few years back. Lots of shots of scenes from “Schindler’s List” film locations (including the fascinating and sobering Factory Museum), the former Jewish Kazimierz district we stayed in, and Old Town with the Wawel Cathedral and the tombs of Polish leaders from the Middle Ages intoContinue reading “A Kraków Tour”

A Texas Story

119 years ago on January 10, 1901, on a saltdome hill called Spindletop, the carbon economy with all its complex tradeoffs was born. After Spindletop, liquid fuels became so cheap, and so easily transportable, that the new automotive industry quickly went over to gasoline, navies around the world switched from coal to oil, and railroadsContinue reading “A Texas Story”

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