Welcome to a very curious place and a lesser-known national capital: Bandar Seri Begawan. We’re in the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam, the Abode of Peace. I live in a relatively small oil rich country, so it’s always interesting to see how other oil-nations are similar – or different – from my own. Specifically bearing in mind […]
I’ve long been curious about all the little upon-Thames towns (partly due, no doubt, to having seen one too many episodes of Midsomer Murders, or read one too many Daisy Dalrymple mysteries). There’s an array of them: Henley-on-Thames, Staines-upon-Thames, Richmond-upon-Thames, Kingston-upon-Thames…
Wandering around Zanzibar as I arrived, fresh from the Dar ferry on a tropical March afternoon, my first thought – and my last when I left a week later, as it turned out – was that this enchanted African island speaks to all our five senses. Here’s what I mean: sight : the sun setting […]
This Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I’m brought back to my first visit to Berlin, a divided city then. Crossing from West to East Berlin, we had to exchange 25 Mark (about 20 USD) into 25 Ostmark (East Mark). We could not bring East German currency out of the […]
In 1983, Berlin was still marked by war, but a grand city still. Today, it’s even grander. And where Rome has beauty and chaos, Berlin has beauty and order.
Something is different in Catalonia. Independence flags wave from windows and balconies all over the region, long after the national day, 11 September.
Manama, Bahrain, 29 September 2009 It’s 6:30 pm and I’m in Moda Mall at the World Trade Centre, wondering where all the people are. Moda is a huge shopping centre with high-end boutiques. Just from where I now sit, I see Louis Vuitton, Dior, Emporio Armani, Versace and Fendi. And where I sit is in […]