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The Airport on the Hill
The charm of Saint Barth’s is preserved in part because landing here is far from charming. No mass-tourism 747’s on this runway, that’s for sure. The local guidebooks note that pilots must have special training before they may take a plane into Gustavia. Watch why:
The stronger the wind on a given day, the steeper and faster a pilot’s approach must be. I am grateful for the professionalism of the young woman flying our Winair plane.
Addendum: The 60 frames/second speed of my iPhone 7’s video capture makes the plane’s props look at times as if they are barely turning. Not so.
Addendum: For readers interested in my whale-related adventures (here, here and here), there were no whales visible in Saint Barth’s this week, but each time I went freediving below a depth of 40 feet (where sound is not disrupted by surface turbulence — think of calling to someone on a windy day) at the mouth of the Plage de Gouverneur and the Plage de Grande Saline this past Tuesday and Wednesday, I could clearly hear male humpback whales singing to females in their usual courting ritual (though some scientists dispute that this is what is occurring). Saint Barth’s is on a migration route for humpbacks.
Addendum: There is no truth to the rumor that Phil Hanlon wants to take the wonderful, intimate jewel that is Saint Barth’s today and transform it into a resort for mass tourism by building huge, international hotels and even opening an energy institute. Nobody could be so foolish as to alter something that is small and much loved in order to chase after prestige in emulation of huge vacation destinations.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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