not just a pretty place

travelling beyond beaches, photo ops and flexible principles

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Ghana’s press is comparatively free

Ever since I’ve been sharing my travel research I’m asked to be more positive. Considering I’m writing about politics, history…

Human rights in Tanzania? Going south.

Tanzania is one of the few sub-Saharan countries where the standard #adventurous traveller dares to go – of course, to…

Is Bhutan a heavenly country on the roof of the world?

Most self-respecting travellers eventually stumble upon Bhutan and find it quite a turn-on. The Buddhist mountain country stuck between China…

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…

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