not just a pretty place

travelling beyond beaches, photo ops and flexible principles

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40 years in prison for a miscarriage? Welcome to El Salvador!

There are five countries in the world where abortion is illegal under all circumstances: the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Malta,…

How did India, Pakistan and Bangladesh come into being?

The urge for independence As some #well-travelled experts might remember from the two pages they read about Indian history before…

How Chinese food habits threaten Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a poor country. To a large part, there are no streets but dirt roads. Also, there is…

A short introduction to modern Panama

Panama became independent from Spain in 1821 as part of Gran Colombia – that is, in Union with Colombia, Ecuador…

Why was it a good idea to live in a house on stilts in Benin?

At the time of the Atlantic triangular slave trade, African soon-to-be slaves were mostly captivated by other Africans. These other…

During WWII, 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly moved and to a great extent expropriated.

When things went south with Japan during WWII, some Americans felt that people with Japanese roots could potentially sabotage allied…

My nitty-gritty packing list

It must become general knowledge to the avid reader of my musings that I’m an overly well-travelled person myself. As…

Is it true that Costa Rica doesn’t have an army?

Following my academically undubious field research in Costa Rica, 9 out of 10 tourists visiting the place are impressed with…

50 years ago, Chinese people began to worship mangos

From 1958 onwards, the Communist Party of China implemented a number of reforms in agriculture and industry to become a…

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