This week the world's spotlight was on Washington D.C., to watch the second inauguration of President Obama. Freelance journalist -- and former local -- Robert Baird dishes on the best secret spots in the Capital.
The centre of D.C.’s historic black neighbourhood, the U St corridor in the northwest quadrant was the scene of massive celebrations during Barack Obama’s victory in 2008 and again in 2012.
Jan 17, 2013
K Johnson rode through treacherous mountains in Georgia, with constant mini-avalanches and rain pouring down, in search of the town of Vardzia. Too bad there are two Vardzias in Georgia ...
The most useless sign in the world is triangular. It has a red border and a silhouette of a cliff-face with rocks tumbling irrevocably over the edge. Its lo-fi quality is almost cartoony, like something from Spy versus Spy. But its uselessness does not lie in the omission of detail but rather its purpose. How is someone to respond to a sign that warns of rocks falling on your head while you drive?
Jan 10, 2013
After a ten-day boat ride -- that was supposed to take four -- K Johnson arrived in Georgia, the Caucasus country with the best food. As long as you can handle a shot of booze with breakfast ...
Apprehension can be measured by the density of smoke in a room. So it was on our cargo vessel, Greifswald, as it sat motionless in the Black Sea just outside Georgian waters, the room thick with the stuff as everyone smoked and waited.
A storm had cracked and crashed its way over the boat during the previous night, leaving in its wake an interminable calm. The barman who spoke some English was our Minister of Misinformation — always providing an entirely incorrect appraisal of the situation with false projections and a set of impossible scenarios that could not and would not follow. Continue reading “Red Ink Run: moonshine at 9am, welcome to Georgian hospitality”