Tuesday, October 23, 2012

First Impressions of Nice, in Pictures & Some Words



Nice is filled with flowers, cacti, pebbles and modern art, but you can easily step off the bus and into the ruins of a Roman capital. There are ferries to Corsica and a waterfall tumbling over the side of a medieval keep. 

I still need to think about the city a bit more politically, because obviously a city so built for leisure and luxury only operates that way for some segments of the population. In the case of Nice, the city has -since the 19th century- essentially been hijacked by wealthy travelers in search of sun, and I can't imagine the impact on locals has been wholly positive. 



But I was only there for two days and the sun and the sea (which really is as fantastically and mysteriously colored as one reads in Scott Fitzgerald novels) and all those palatial buildings and gardens filled with flowers can be a bit too immediately seductive... 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Notes on my PhD (Part 1)

My notes for my PhD currently read (direct quote):

How did Europeans generally perceive Indochina in the 1920s?
Opium opium opium syphilis

This is why I have not posted on this blog for the last few weeks. Everything's been a bit hectic and I need to do more work. But hopefully I'll succeed at that soon, and then I can write something about said work.