Swim review: bad vibes in pretty Tulum

Tulum was my first taste of the famous dream beaches of the “Riviera Maya” in Quintana Roo. The beach certainly was pretty and the water lovely. I stayed in an unambitious concrete hotel in town for MX$500 and rented a bike for $100 to hit the beach. Thinking back, that bike ride was probably the…

Dislikes

State and mafia violence, farcical politics and bad street signage.

Flooded lake resort

Football goal posts, basketball hoop, banana trees, swings sticking out of the water – the shores of Lake Tziscao had been flooded since new year’s day. Later we’d canoe up to some of the lakeside cabins and peer in through the tops of the open doors. Women were standing in the water next to the…

Arusha adventure: Merus, an ex-president and new slang

I had a crazyass day yesterday, going to Arusha AND BACK. We calculated that it was cheaper for us two colleagues to fly to Arusha than to go by bus (taking one day each way) and pay for two hotel nights, three per diems and the random ‘Saturday travel fee’. My office pays crap wages…

Vege-recept! på svenska.

Men det finns ju massor av goda vege-rätter… Här kommer en lång lista! Anpassad till nära och kära i i-länder med större ingrediensutbud i vissa nicher. – Feta i tomatig pastasås eller med grönt. – Grillad halloumi för att få den där salt-knaperheten. – Stekt tofu med lite tuggmotstånd och smak, i stir-fry, ni får…

Book review på svenska: ‘Eating Animals’ (eller: varför jag blev vegetarian)

Jag läste en bok som fick mig att bli vegetarian såhär på gamla dar: ‘Eating Animals’ av Jonathan Safran Foer. Vad handlar det om? Jonathan Safran Foer är en bra författare, hans roman ‘Everything is Illuminated’ var helt superb. Så han gör det lätt att läsa sin faktabok/matbiografi. ‘Eating Animals’ är saklig och anspråkslös, enda…

Yasmin vs Nigel

I love the fact that Frank and Sheila’s twins in ‘Shameless’ are named Nigel and Delia. In the next season Frank refers to them as ‘poor little Gordon and Delia’ and has to be corrected about the names of his children. Hahahaa Anyway, I’m having a slight cookbook debacle myself. Soon after arriving here and…

Weird shit story no. 3: soap and the hereditary unclean

We came to visit a Dalit (Hindu casteless people) NGO, Parittran, outside Khulna (in fact, right next to that stretch of bad road I wrote about). These guys were the only angry ones I met during the visits. They had a burn in their eyes, a grudge, a seething knowledge of all the injustice they…

Money and laundering

Here are the ways to get clean clothes in Dhaka: Send clothes to the laundry with the dudes-who-clean. Comes back after 5-6 days, boiled, beaten and finally, mangled. You can use the shirts for roof tiles. Highly impressive, albeit a bit harsh on the clothes. You then have to remember to cut the little note…