Sunday, January 22, 2017

Mexico city from the air. I don't know how someone can look at the air above cities like this around the world and not even wonder a little bit if we are having an impact on the air above us.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

This is tom tom, a dish specific to certain parts of Haiti, particularly Jeremie and the North. Tom tom is commonly made from breadfruit, although it can also be made from maize or cassava, and is ground into a flour and then a thick porridge is mixed which is then eaten with a sauce. After 20 plus years of going to Haiti, I finally had my chance to try tom tom. An exciting culinary moment for me because I had always thought from the descriptions I had heard that it strongly resembled ugali or fou fou eaten throughout Africa. In fact the resemblance was uncanny. And delicious. I think I should become a food anthropologist.


Friday, December 09, 2016

After spending all week talking to nearly everyone about the elections in Haiti, I think things can be summed up in one word: disenchanted. Nothing else to say about that really.

Here's some Christmas lights in Port au Prince to cheer you up.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

26 minutes 34 seconds from parking to gate. slower than usual.

Today's trip is to Haiti. Main activity is a crop yield study although so soon after the election and only a couple months after Hurricane Matthew, there will be a lot to see.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Every election changes a country a little bit. Maybe not much but a little. As a Canadian, I have been following the evolution of the US political situation with considerable but slightly detached interest. However, after spending a week here, and having had a chance to hear from a number of people from a personal level, I feel like I haven't been taking the situation seriously enough. Regardless of who had won the election, I think this represents a major societal shift. I don't know exactly what that means, and I'll continue to watch with interest as our American friends (and we too) figure that out. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Today I think I won the transportation game. object of game is to arrive in a new country and get from one place to another using local transport without getting overcharged, scammed, pickpocketed, groped or anything else. So I visited the Intramuros area of Manila which is the old walled city built by the Spanish 500 years ago. On the way back I grabbed a local taxi which runs a semi regular route which didn't drop me right at my hotel but within 2 minutes walk: 25 pesos or about 50 cents. This compared to the taxi I took from hotel to Intramuros which cost about 5 dollars.

I had read warnings about taxis in Manila so I was a little wary so be careful.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Everywhere there are black and white images of the King honouring his memory. Many people are wearing black or dark colours. TV shows are all about him all day. Buildings are decorated in long swaths of black and white cloth. Even Google Thailand has changed their logo to simple black and white. This period of mourning will apparently continue for 30 days.