A Post-Contagion Escape to the Countryside


Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio’s classic book “The Decameron,” completed by the author shortly after the 14th century Black Death, seven young women and three young men escape the bubonic plague and seclude themselves in a countryside villa outside Florence. There they narrate a hundred tales to occupy their self-quarantine. The book concludes with the group […]

Indian Capital Makes a Gradual, Uneasy Comeback


NEW DELHI – Signs are being spruced up and prayers performed as shops in the Indian capital open their shutters after two months with the gradual easing of a stringent lockdown. Markets were allowed to reopen recently after the government signaled economic activity must resume, even as the fight against the COVID -19 pandemic continues. […]

Europeans Soak up The Sun But Virus Travel Rules a Mishmash


BERLIN, GERMANY – Europeans and Americans soaked up the sun where they could, taking advantage of the first holiday weekend since coronavirus restrictions were eased, while European governments grappled with how and when to safely let in foreign travelers to salvage the vital summer tourist season. Yet even as social distancing rules spread families and […]