Author: Kevin Forth


On our way from Sorrento to Florence, one cannot help but notice the ancient Roman structures along the way.  Some are still in good condition and are used for housing or business, while some are only a crumbled pile of stone, protected by law and left…

Sorrento and Capri

It’s difficult to imagine a more appealing seaside than Sorrento and the nearby isle of Capri.  The tall cliffs, blue Mediterranean waters and classic architecture are straight out of a renaissance painting. Capri is surrounded by massive cliffs and clear blue waters.  Quiet streets are dotted…

Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius

The ruins of Pompeii, near modern day Sorrento, are a dramatic reminder of a once-vibrant, modern Roman society that was wiped out when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

The Colosseum

I still cannot comprehend how the Romans (or their slaves) built the Colosseum nearly 2,000 years ago.  It’s massive even by today’s standards, estimated to seat 50,000 to 80,000 spectators.  It’s difficult to capture the size and wonder of this magnificent structure in a photograph.

Arrived in Rome

We arrived in Rome around 9am local time (3 am Detroit time). The Ambasciatori Palace hotel is nice, and in the old section of Rome. Over the next few days we’ll tour the Vatican and will see the Colosseum, among other sites. It’s slow to update…

Waiting For Our Flight

Al Krasnicki dropped us off at the airport with plenty of time to sit around and eat Greek yogurt. Good thing we have our phones to keep us entertained. After take-off, we should get our dinner after an hour. The flight to Rome should take around…

Nicki in Costa Rica

Nicki and some of her med school pals spent February in tropical Costa Rica.  She had to speak Spanish during this time, taking Spanish classes every day and doing medical outreach one per week.  Pura vida!

Update: Dnepr Reverse Lever Modification

With morning temperatures in the single digits I wasn’t up to doing any major work on the Dnepr project today.  Instead, I focused on a small mini-project that I could work on mostly indoors.  For reasons I cannot explain, I never liked the dark mustard-colored plastic…