Visit Mexico! The SIGHTS…

Hug a cactus, try some organic moonshine, make a chia pet from local clay, walk in the hills or back streets, spot the best graffiti, gawp at art made by people who knew what to do with a chisel: Here’s some stuff to do when you come! Advertisements

Marimba season

Marimba music is all well and good. But why begin at 5 AM? Accompanied by a heavy artillery of firecrackers? Who got the idea that the Virgin of Guadelupe likes startling booms in the pre-dawn chill? Is it some sort of reference to the use of the Virgin as a symbol of Mexicanity in the…

Likes

Most blog posts on here are about what I like, but here’s some not mentioned before: Public displays of affection – couples (also many over 16) snuggling or making out on street corners Flexibility: if the rule blatantly doesn’t make sense, the person in charge will disregard the rule. Some might say that this is…

“Upps”

As seen on walls: Note the quiff on the eagle. That’s very political.

Fish merchants reading

There was something very reassuring about visiting the Kivukoni fish market last week: everyone was going about their fish business; nobody paid more than glancing attention to the tourists with cameras. Here are some photos of fish sellers catching up on the news while they waited for …deliveries? Clients?

Bakgårdar, bakgator!

I fredags åkte vi buss till Ilala för att kolla var de unga akrobaterna i vår capoeiragrupp tränar. Det var en skön eftermiddag, jag fick sittplats på bussen, det tog bara 20 minuter att åka dit. Killarna hade redan tränat sedan morgonen och deras pyramider och volter var inte riktigt lika innertakshöga som när de…

The democratising daladala

Been feeling ‘at one with the watu’ this past weekend, mainly by taking public transport. Now with the aid industry on holiday (the traffic jam density is inversely correlated with IST holiday times) the roads are pleasantly sparsely trafficked, the weather (no correlation with IST holiday times) is pleasantly warm – at times almost cool!-…

Giant lobster alert (oldschool tech haunts me from 2009)

I dropped my camera last June and never saw it (or my kitchen party photos) again, which has considerably hampered my participation in the compulsive documentation of everyday life. In July I rediscovered the joys of my Minolta and the delayed, yet modest, gratification from seeing your manual film camera prints. So now I’d taken…

Urban safari

AfriRoots’ ‘Dar reality Bike Tour’ was great fun! … and also a lot of watching your front wheel to navigate the mix of jagged coral rock, mud and sewage that is the streets.Aside from the depicted sights, my favourite was the cinema! A dark shed with benches and fans, showing a selection of Hollywood, Bollywood,…

Coping with Ubungo bus station

This time acquiring my long-distance coach ticket to Handeni at Ubungo Bus Station was slightly less adrenalin-pumping than last time. Getting on the bus to Arusha, now that was an experience that made me want to write a long irate section for the travel books to help other travellers avoid the blood pressure risks. We’d…

U2, us too

U2 held a mega-concert in Helsinki last night. I wasn’t there, but went for dinner with a friend and her partner and to check out their new flat afterwards. The dinner followed an intensive and rewarding week of work, not enough sleep, a professional celebration, cava and getting a ride on the back of a…

Samba stumbling

Brazil: my holiday was a city-residential stay in Sao Salvador at first, house-sitting for a friend of Mateo’s… a military police officer would you believe it (but employed in the military academy as school admin staff). Her house was built near the bottom of a narrow valley, by a steep set of stairs leading up…

Sartorial Salvador

I expected the Brazilians to be friendly, multi-ethnic, good-looking, fun-loving and not considering cold beer to really be an alcoholic drink, but I wasn’t expecting them to dress so badly. This was my third trip to Brazil, the second to Salvador. I remember that the first time I'd hoped to go shopping for some cool…