On 31 October 1517, my birthday as a matter of fact, a disgruntled professor of theology posted 95 theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg. And thus began the Reformation. The Holy Roman Empire was shaken to its core and the Christian Church split in two. Protestantism was born The original door […]
Tomorrow – Friday 13 February 2015 – is World Radio Day; what better time to tell you about Grimeton Radio Station, one of the more curious UNESCO sites I’ve stumbled on in my quest to see, well… many of them. Why would a radio station in Sweden be on the prestigious World Heritage list? […]
Our 11 most popular Instagram photos last month are all from South-East Asia for a change. Let’s delve right in: At the top of the list are two photos of Buddha – or rather, images of the Buddha, both from the ancient Thai capital Ayutthaya. 1. From Watyaichaimongkol Temple, this row of Buddhas is our best liked Instagram in […]
Oasis – it’s such a wonderful word, isn’t it? Like haven, or sanctuary. The proper definition, the Oxford Dictionary tells me, is a fertile spot in a desert, where water is found. And that is just what Al Ain is. An oasis. A garden at the edge of the fabled Empty Quarter, inhabited for more […]
Zanzibar is one of those really wonderful names, isn’t it? Like Samarkand. Or Esfahan. Or Babylon. Every syllable promises adventure. Earlier this year, I took the ferry from Dar es Salaam across to Zanzibar, meaning to a have look around and perhaps stay the night. One week later, I found myself still on the island. […]
Wandering around Jaipur during Diwali, my friend and I came across a colony where the celebrations were in full swing. We, though complete strangers, were invited in to join.
I had 4-5 hours to kill in Masvingo once, waiting for the last bus to Harare. Must have been 16 years ago. So I did what I often do when I’m short on time: I asked a taxi driver if there was anything interesting to see. A slightly dubious practice, I know, and certainly one […]