Photographer's Note

"Too many cooks (spoil the broth)" is a common English expression conveying the idea that when too many people work on the same project, they cannot help but spoil it. Also, I must admit I have never visited Albania. But it gives me pleasure to identify the location of this photo as that attractive mountainous country on the Dalmatian Coast. As a second disclaimer, I apologize for the questionable quality of the photo. I had only a pocket camera with me, poor backlit lighting. And because I viewed the scene through thick glass, I could not use a fill flash. So, it is a slow 1/6 second exposure with a handheld camera.

In October 2013 I was giving a series of talks on the elegant cruise ship Oceania Riviera. The short cruise departed from Rome and made single-day stopovers in Sorrento, Amalfi and Taormina (all in Italy); Zakynthos and Corfu (both in Greece); Dubrovnik (in Croatia) before ending in Venice. October 23 was a rare day at sea, and we were just off the coast of Albania, when I came by this puzzling scene — a small group, all wearing chef's hats, huddled over a large table. They turned out to be passengers participating in a cooking class... hell bent on spoiling the broth.

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