Marseille, Marseille

April 11, 2018

Marseille, Marseille It was enough with only three days. After that I knew it. I had found her: the city I would live in were I ever to move back to Europe again. Mediterranean, sunny, open to the sea and with a deep-rooted transitory identity. Marseille! Hélène, a journalists...

Paint it coloured

February 22, 2018

Paint it coloured If you follow the road next to the sea, taking you past the Corniche and its strollers, joggers and kids, then past Rouche and the signature chunky rock, onwards past resort hotels with names like Mövenpick and Summerland and Coral Beach, and then through the hapazardly built...

2017 on a plate

January 10, 2018

2017 on a plate The year went a bit like a multi course dinner: one edible thing after the other. And since January is a time for reflection and thinking about the year that passed, why not do that in food? So here goes, the best and most interesting...

Jeddah’s Al Balad

November 10, 2017

Jeddah’s Al Balad ‘Al Balad is a unique place. This architecture cannot be found anywhere else. There are traditional high-rises in Shibam and Sanaa in Yemen also, but they are made from clay.’ Sami Nawar, the head of the municipality in Al Balad, Jeddah’s old town, stands on top of...

Bishkek in the summer heat

July 26, 2017

Bishkek in the summer heat When the Kara-Kirghiz Autonomous Oblast (the name used for the different regions incorporated in the Soviet Union) was established in 1925, Bishkek – at the time called “Pishpek”, then one year later named “Frunze” – became its capital. The city has since been the...

St Lucia in Mannar

April 5, 2017

St Lucia in Mannar On the morning of the 13th, it was December and there was a breeze in the morning, people had already been up and gotten ready, put on new and crisp and clean-washed clothes, perhaps just purchased the day before and not yet worn only tried...