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February 14, 2008

Book – The Trouble With Africa: Why Foreign Aid Isn’t Working

Filed under: General — stephane @ 1:24 am

I finally managed to read the book I ordered 2 months ago – The Trouble With Africa: Why Foreign Aid Isn’t Working. I took advantage of sitting for 8h on a KLM MD-11 with miserable flight entertainment to go through it and that was a relatively enjoyable read that I can fairly recommend to Third-Culture-Kids, ex-expats and people interested about this topic.

I could relate some of the content to my own convictions that I developed as a TCK, so I suspect some sections might be incomplete for the casual reader with little background while it may be more obvious with people who have been living in Africa.

The book ends with some recommendation that I find a bit light-hearted, but it is for sure that the current solution of spreading around money with the only benefit of funding the extravagant lifestyle of some presidents and ministers of the said countries is of little value.

February 2, 2008

Vacation to Tanzania

Filed under: Software,Tanzania — stephane @ 8:18 pm

Finally, after multiple problems, it looks like I’m one step closer to vacation. I’ll be going to Tanzania for 2 weeks on Feb. 17. I’ll try to summit Kilimanjaro (5,895m) the first week and the second week will be a safari in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Living in the Netherlands at sea level (or below sea level) is not the best preparation and working in a startup is not either but fingers crossed…

My colleague @ Joost, Allan, is joining me for the trip, so we’ll be doing a private safari just to try to make the most out of it and have all the time we want photography-wise.

We’ll be joining a group for the Kili climb as it’s a bit more fun to be with people.

The preparation was a bit unfortunate as I was initially planning to go for 3 weeks through Nairobi and stay a third week by myself to do another safari in Kenya through Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru. I was in contact with the new owners of the Wildebeest Camp in Nairobi (which are actually taking over Nairobi Backpackers) and had everything sorted out…and the next day after the problems in Kenya started, communication went silent.

After waiting patiently 10 days, I had to restart from zero. So the best option for us was to fly to Moshi (JRO airport) directly. It is unfortunately much more expensive than NBO, especially when you book it so late, the flight price is now outrageously expensive.

I think I’ll try to do another trip to Kenya at the end of this year or next year. I’d like to cumulate that with Uganda to see gorillas.. I went about 20 years ago see them at the border of Congo (ex-Zaire) and Rwanda, while I was living in Burundi and this was an incredible moment. Now I’d like to take pictures of those incredible animals.

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