Mediterranean south bank

So i have written about Europe being the mediterranean northern bank on this blog before. When i flew to South Africa last week i actually had a chance to have a look at the Mediterranean south bank for the first time: Tripoli as seen from the window of LH572 en route to Johannesburg.…

On the state of the dollar

Scene: South African Airways flight SA265 from Johannesburg to Munich somewhere over Zimbabwe: me: mam do you have any leftover meals? flight attendant: chicken or pasta? me: chicken please flight attendant: 10 dollar (US) me: i only have euros flight attendant: then i’ll take five…

Robots in the streets

We also do not have any robots left on our streets and little traffic so we don’t have the kind of traffic jams I saw in Jo’burg during a power cut. [Zimbabwean journalist writing on how to deal with frequent blackouts in the Sunday Independent] No, this is not from the future, nor is not a status update from iraq and no, there are also no industrial assembly robots lining Jan Smits avenue in Jo’burg. I can also ensure you that the streets are not filled with aibo’s, roomba’s or other useless e…

Run when you hear the sirens coming

(I suggest to listen to Dizzee Rascals ‘sirens’ while reading this post). so I am in Johannesburg (or some elite gated community called ‘Sandhurst‘ that tries hard not to be part of the rest of the urban fabric) for less than two hours and I am already not used to a lot of things: Physically i am totally not used to run up and down hills. it’s something we just don’t do in Holland (because of the general flatness of the place). Even worse i am not used to running up hills in the mid day summer h…