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…

Didn’t we almost have it all?

The last few posts have dealt a lot with the subject of travelling vs expectations, and finally I managed to circumvent both my prejudices and hopes by not really knowing much at all about Ethiopia. Yes, I have noticed an increased interest from fellow travelling friends to visit Ethiopia, but I haven’t really reflected on…

A country slowly picking up the pieces

When starting to plan this big overlanding adventure of the African continent, it felt like the only real hot potato would be Sudan. I almost jokingly suggested to my travel friend that we had to pass through Sudan since I only wanted to travel by land from Cairo to Cape town, not really thinking it…

Existential hibernation

I must admit, it is hard getting back to writing after taking substantial time off from this blog. And albeit things of course have happened, I still feel like not that much has happened, especially in comparison to what readers of this blog usually get to take part of. Since I crash landed in Sweden…

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…

On the road – a full time job

Travelling over land and sea is a different endeavour compared to quick bip-boping flights which just gets you THERE. With local transportation, minivans, hitch hiking, night trains, walking, shared taxis, cargo ships (all writing of destinations in Cyrillic or Georgian letters…), you just never know exactly when you’re gonna reach your destination, or in many…

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…

Nature and culture comes together above the Polar Circle

Though I have often told friends and other travellers about the far North of my country, the enticing wonders of Northern Lights and the spectacular Midnight Sun, me myself actually never set foot further north than half way up the country. I knew there’s a nature as well as a culture that’s unfortunately too unknown…

An /extra/ordinary place to be

I have now spent almost two weeks bip bopping around the central parts of Iran. Before I came here I was nervous, almost content with the fact that I didn’t have to go if I didn’t really want to. Weighing my options, the possibility of shortening my stay and going back to old familiar roads;…

My age is actually an important number

I think it is too important for too many of us to be important. If I require your time and energy, if I, whoever I am, require you to see me through digital or analogue eyes, I should be important. When everyone else is hiding behind images, posts, re posts and quotes, those who write,…