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 […]