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Locked down but not out in Italy

Singing from the balconies! One nice thing about this crisis ... solidarity! “Guess you’re not living like a tourist anymore,” was the funny, truthful and somewhat gut-wrenching message of a friend the day the lockdown in Italy began. Today is day 6. My beloved Italia has been hit hard with the COVID19 epidemic. With the second largest elderly population in the world, the epidemic has meant a disproportionate amount of deaths in the country. So though I haven’t been worried about contracting it myself, this isn’t about me or someone like me who, if contracted it would probably have a sucky couple of weeks and then recover. It is about if someone like me contracted it and then spread it to a person with a complicated health history or an elderly person with a weakened immune system. Eerily orderly: Lines for the grocery store, each person one meter apart In a country with no concept (and no physical room really) for personal space, and in a city with reproachable hygie

Postcard from Matt in Baltimore City!

Why travel to Baltimore?
Most people perhaps don't equate Baltimore with sugar. However, the Domino Sugar Plant is definitely a staple on the Baltimore horizon. One of the oldest companies in the United States, the Domino Sugar Company (as the most recent in the evolution of company names from W. & F.C. Havemeyer Company to American Sugar Refining Company to Amstar Sugar Company) was begun in the 19th Century by William Havemeyer, an English immigrant. The brand name Domino came about in the early 1900's when Henry Havemeyer decided that a trademark name would assure the company greater success, owing to a heightened awareness of the product. The name Domino was chosen because the sugar cubes resembled, take a guess, dominoes.

The company is today owned by British company Tate & Lyle and dabbles more in the artificial sweetener business, however, as Matt mentions, the recognizable plant on Baltimore's skyline is still functional and, according to the Washington Post, even offers tours on the art of sugar making!

If sugar refining doesn't peak your interest, you can instead make your way along Baltimore's Inner Harbor, home of the National Aquarium, Science Center, U.S.S. Constellation (the last existing American Civil War-era naval ship) and Food and Shopping Pavilions. Make sure to stop by another renovated industrial building, now on the Registry of Historic Places, the Power Plant, which today is home to Barnes & Noble, the Hard Rock Cafe and ESPN Zone.  

Where are you?

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