The ghost casino of Campione d’Italia reminded me of a visit to the New South China Mall in Dongguan, north of Hong Kong. Standing in front of a huge building where absolutely nothing happens and no one else is around feeds curiosity.
Last week I ended up in a tiny Italian exclave in Switzerland. It has a casino that covers about 10% of the entire territory. That casino has gone bankrupt, leaving Campiano d’Italia without reason to exist.
In Urumqi, a Chinese city divided by deadly racial violence and suppression of its muslim Uighur population, an ethnically mixed baseball team is training to win the national championship. Against all odds.