Cairo vs Beirut

Cairo and Beirut, these are two great Arab cities that have stayed with me. When I compare the two it is not for the purpose of choosing one over the other, but to highlight the qualities that make them special. I spent around ten days each in these two places. I was in Cairo in March 2013 and […]

What’s wrong with your country?

In the ancient Ethiopian town of Lalibela I once met a German guy. He was short. He had thick shoulder-length blond hair with a fringe half-covering his eyes. He was on a 6-month jeep journey from Hamburg to Cape Town. Rather than coming through Spain, Gibraltar and West Africa, or through Tunisia and Central Africa, he had chosen […]

Ethiopia Memories: Christian Muhammads, Mehmet Scholl, Coffee

In this post I share fun memories from my time living in Ethiopia in 2007-08. — In the West we often think of Muhammad as a Muslim name. In actual fact it’s just a name which originated in the Middle East, and it is not associated with a religion. It was in Ethiopia when I met Christians named […]

Africa Memories: Witchcraft, Whiteman, Spreading the word of Jesus

In this post I share fun memories from my time in Ghana in 2005-06, where I was working for VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas). — In Ghana like in some other parts of Africa people believe in witchcraft. There are camps for women accused to be witches. They are blamed for their kids’ illnesses, their husband’s business […]