Tag Archives: Kathmandu

riverfronts, the good, the bad and the ugly

Rivers are redeeming features for any city. I’ve lived in quite a few that are mostly or partly defined by their rivers and haven’t come across any for which their riverfront was a total negative. However, what cities do with … Continue reading

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city air

When I look out of my¬†window, this time of year, it’s way too often a grey haze. So Jia Zhangke‘s short video hits home.

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jetting around my expat universe

Last day in Cairo. First day of Ramadan, the city is weirdly quiet. Temps go up to 41 degrees today. But my sentiments are not dominated by my place of residence of the last year and a half as much … Continue reading

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arriving in Cairo on the Nile

Thursday night I landed on Cairo international airport. Expectations always reveal themselves in experience: I was amazed by this facility, huge, modern, no hint of developing country in its finishing. Marjan had described Cairo to me as like Delhi-but-different. Delhi … Continue reading

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I won’t miss eating Kathmandu dust

Any city in a bowl shaped valley has issues with it’s air quality. When I left Kathmandu after my first longer stay there, end of 1993, it was already bad. During the following two decades many things changed. Population quadrupled, … Continue reading

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