Learn the lesson of Rwanda

In April 1994, I was celebrating my tenth birthday. I remember traces from that day quite vividly, since turning ten seemed like a big thing at that point. The most badass present I got was a card with the number 10 glued to it – created out of golden 10 crown coins. The golden 10…

Being lazy never made anything happen

As I previously written here in this blog – I really do appreciate movement. I sort of believe we need to stay in motion to keep sane, and I feel that every time I stop somewhere for too long, I get a throng of stillness sickness, affecting both my body and my mind. That’s of…

No need to make America great again

The US is indeed a strange place. The world’s largest cultural, political and economical influencer, so truly grounded but also so truly abstract. Something we all have one or many opinions about, whether we ever sat foot in the country or not. To me, personally, the country I had the most knowledge about and impressions…

The Grandfather

You know how media only reports on bad things, and hardly never have anything to report that is actually good in the world? Some people maybe have the same tendencies, to only keep in touch when something is needed or when something went wrong, a relationship ended or money is tight. There even used to…

Am I a local, a tourist or a traveller?

China is like a bad romance, a love, hate story with no end. It is so modern and so accomplished in many ways, and then just a rude child in many others. It is a constant, convenient challenge that doesn’t eat me up completely but still keep on entertaining me on a daily basis. I…

Outside/inside

I am getting close to a new travelling record here in China, pretty soon it will be the country I’ve spent more time in than any other country except for Sweden. And strangely, still the one that I cannot wrap my head around. It keeps on luring me, taunting me, fooling me and thankfully amaze…

True love is hard work

I usually fall in love instantly, and maybe also fall out of love just as fast. With travelling, I’m passionate. I get off a train/bus/plane in a country, take a deep breath and the spirit of adventure pierces me, hits me right in the guts, and it’s the same old story again. Another place to…

Chinese Amnesia

This is not a personal blog post about my trivial and adventurous experiences in China, my impressions are surprisingly neutral so far, and I feel it’s more imminent to dig straight in to politics, which I actually avoided for quite a while now. I cross my heart and promise to write something more convivial and…

Endless roads to the edges of the world

To get here we have gone down an uncountable number of roads in vehicles of many different constellations. From slow churning train wagons across the Kazak desert, hitch hiking with a tourist bus in a pouring Georgia, high speed trains in Ukraine, too many people crammed in a marshrutka in Azerbaijan, slid down on our…

Travelling in a world that’s falling apart

I guess most people my generation vividly feel and experience the world changing around us. So much is so very different from a couple of decades ago, and as the world is falling apart, maybe that will actually be the salvation. In just a few years we’ve seen the rise and fall, thank God, of…