Coming Up for Air

  • The Acropolis in Athens, Greece
    Anthony Badami | August 21st, 2010
    Athens is a sweltering grid of narrow streets and white-stone building stacked haphazardly and inventively upon one another. It is hilly and severely polluted, and this state of affairs is only exacerbated by the over-abundance of motorcycles,...
  • Big Ben and the London Eye at night
    Anthony Badami | August 16th, 2010
    I set out now to relate my last few days of London to you. This leg of my trip has been exhilarating, but often challenging. You arrive at a place with a set of expectations and, more often than not, these expectations are disappointed. But,...
  • The Kuwait Embassy in London
    Anthony Badami | August 3rd, 2010
    Much time was spent relaxing and rejuvenating in the Royal Parks; but one cannot remain complacent and comfortable for so long. Yes, I viewed the nearby sites the next day – Buckingham, Queen's Park, Wellington Arch, Westminster, Kensington, etc. -...
  • St. James Park in London, England
    Anthony Badami | July 25th, 2010
    It was thus that I found some peace. As I write this, I wish I could still be standing on the Blue Bridge in St. James Park. It overlooks a mostly unperturbed watercourse encased by vivid green lawn, disturbed only by the long leafy limbs of...
  • Protest in Trafalgar Square
    Anthony Badami | July 23rd, 2010
    Though he would later resign his position of leadership in favor of a more bellicose faction, Bertrand Russell, the massive and eminent social critic and philosopher, held the presidency of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament during one of its most...
  • Up and Out in London
    Anthony Badami | July 22nd, 2010
    My first sight of London took place twenty-thousand feet above the earth, looking with tired eyes and a sleepy disposition onto a patchy, lush landscape drenched with morning rays. After landing and de-planing, the genial people of London customs...
  • Watch this video
    Anthony Badami | June 14th, 2010
    Hello all! Welcome to my little slice of cyberspace known as "Coming Up for Air," a title taken from a favorite novel of mine. I will be posting more frequently when I set off for my travels in July; but, for now, let me offer a vignette of my...