Fjordman has been traveling in recent weeks, and sends this brief note to explain his extended absence from this space.
I received a couple of comments from people who had not read any essays by me for weeks, and missed them. I take that as a compliment.
My silence was due to the fact that I have been busy traveling for several weeks. I received a generous grant via the think tank The Middle East Forum which allowed me to undertake a journey I have wanted to make for many years but couldn’t do until now: To go from Jerusalem via Athens to Rome, all in a single trip.
I’ve been to Rome several times before, but it is one of those cities that you can never see too many times. I had not been to Israel for almost a decade and was delighted at the opportunity to see Jerusalem and some of the others historical places there again. It was particularly gratifying, however, to visit Greece, where I had never been before, despite having written extensively about ancient Greek history for a number of years. Greece is very interesting, both because it was a center for the emergence of Western civilization and because it is now at the epicenter of the euro crisis and the financial and social meltdown of the modern Western world today. It also has serious problems with illegal immigration from outside of Europe, especially from Africa and the Islamic world.
I will publish several essays about my impressions in the coming weeks and may also write some shorter posts at Gates of Vienna and elsewhere as part of the “Fjordman travel files,” since I have thousands of photos from the many places I visited.
For a complete archive of Fjordman’s writings, see the multi-index listing in the Fjordman Files.