of brand identity packages, graphics, logos, promotional materials,
newsletters and magazines for clients such as AARP, the Embassy of
Fiji in Washington, DC, the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington,
DC, Public Broadcasting Service, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, and
Zambia Hope International.
advertisements (ad design and placement) in The Financial Times, The
International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, The Washington
Post, The Washington Post Sunday Magazine, and The Washington Times
for clients such as the governments of Kazakhstan, Greece and
for the Embassy of Fiji in Washington DC, Public Broadcasting
Service, the Republican Party of Ukraine, and Zambia Hope
articles in media outlets such as AdventureDivas.com, MSNBC.com,
Rudy Maxa’s Traveler and The Washington Post Sunday Magazine. Sixty
articles on the economic and political situation in countries in
Europe and Asia for The Washington Times. Profiles based on
interviews with ten presidents and prime ministers from countries as
varied as Iceland and Indonesia, as well as 50 ambassadors in
editor for five guidebooks by Fodor’s, an imprint of Random House
(Fodor’s Sweden 2004, Fodor’s Iceland 2004, Fodor’s Scandinavia
2004, Fodor’s Sweden 2006 and Fodor’s Scandinavia 2006), as well as
two guidebooks on world cities for Scandinavian Airlines’ media
division (Our World, SAS Media 2008 and 2009).
Do This in My Sleep
“It’s going to happen today for sure.”
I had been saying the same thing every day for three weeks. I
didn’t feel too sure,and nothing in my editor’s voice over the
crackly phone line suggested that he felt very sure either.
For three weeks I had been hanging out in Jakarta, waiting for
an interview with Abdurrahman Wahid, the president of Indonesia.
I had spent countless days waiting at the president’s office
only to hear another excuse for why he couldn’t see me that day.
Things We Love About Washington, DC
In the public imagination, Washington, DC might be a city
colored in red and blue—the colors of the Republican and
Democratic parties—but the true color of the city is green.
Across the map, green areas interrupt the city grid, from
well-known greens such as the National Mall, to little parks
tucked away in residential neighborhoods. Stretching the entire
length of Washington, north to south, is the enormous Rock Creek
Park—a seven square kilometer expanse of ungroomed forest.
Hiking trails and bike paths cut through the park, past picnic
areas, tennis courts, stables and a public golf course. The park
runs along a creek, and next to the creek is Rock Creek Parkway,
a shortcut favored by residents where traffic tends to flow
fairly easily in a gridlocked city. On weekends, most of Rock
Creek Parkway is closed off to cars and the park is turned over
to cyclists, rollerbladers, hikers and joggers.
Did you know that Santa lives in Finland and that all those
letters from children all over the world—close to a million of
them every year—addressed to Santa Claus, The North Pole,
actually end up in Rovaniemi, Finland, at the official Santa
Claus Post Office? Santa himself lives down the road, in Santa
Village. There he spends his time supervising toy production and
responding to the massive number of emails he gets every day.
Yes, emails. Santa has gone high tech. This is Finland after
all. In keeping with the times, he now has his own website where
you can keep up on his doings through a webcam.
Just for Fun
Self-described accidental revolutionary Linus Torvalds on
Linux, life and the love of code
Unknown to the masses and hailed as a hero by a devoted
following, Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux operating
system, will never be the household name his Microsoft
counterpart is—in part be due to the way he chose to distribute
his system. Instead of profiting from his creation, he offered
it up for free on the Internet, pioneering the concept of open
source code. What kind of man passes on a fortune and makes his
code available to all for free?
Color your world with programs about the world’s greatest
artists—from the classic masters to up-and-coming talents. Loose
yourself in the world of some of history’s greatest writers as
they explore eternal human themes in comedies, tragedies and
Going to Greece without visiting the islands is like eating a
cake and missing out on the icing, the sprinkles and the
filling. The islands are where you find all the fun. No other
group of islands shows this better than the Cyclades. This
cluster of islands in the Aegean Sea has it all—dazzling white
buildings and blue-domed churches, sandy beaches and
world-famous nightlife, all at a convenient ferry ride from
Athens. If your top priority is sun and fun, head to Mykonos.
Visitors don’t come to Mykonos to go sightseeing. They come for
the beaches and for what goes on after dark.
For Swedish Royals, Millennia of Battles
They’re young, they’re beautiful and they’ve got blue blood
running through their veins. What more could a tabloid wish for?
Swedish tabloids, and their European colleagues, can’t get
enough of Crown Princess Victoria (born 1977), her brother
Prince Carl Philip (born 1979) and sister Princess Madeleine
(born 1982). Especially the princesses are closely monitored
with reports on their workouts (the crown princess’ boyfriend
owns a gym), their diets, favorite designers, love affairs and
even updates on the progress of Princess Madeleine’s summer tan.
Princess “Madde” was voted “The most beautiful woman in the
world” by Spanish gossip magazine “Hola” and no celebrity party
is complete without a few reality show stars and at least one