Dawn In Luxor, but with a difference

Tuesday, 7 June, 2016

Dawn In Luxor, by Seattle based hip-hop act Shabazz Palaces. This dawn in Luxor is not quite the same as the dawns in Luxor I experienced when I was in Egypt. In our wisdom we had chosen to travel there in June, one of the hottest months of the year.

Since it was too hot to be outside much after 11 o’clock in the morning, we would wake before sunrise, hire some bikes, and catch the worker’s ferry across the Nile, just as the sun was rising. From there we would make our way along to the Valley of the Queens, the burial place of the Pharaohs’ wives.

There was usually only time to see two or three tombs each morning, before we had to make our way back to the ferry, for the ten o’clock crossing. By then temperatures were easily in the high thirties, celsius. There was one upshot, there were, if we were lucky, only a dozen other visitors at the site.

If nothing else, travelling during the off-peak season had its advantages.

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OneBeat Istanbul, a musical collaboration in Turkey’s largest city

Monday, 6 June, 2016

OneBeat Istanbul is a collaboration between Turkish and US musicians, in partnership with the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Highlights of the project are included in this video clip, together with some glimpses of Turkey’s largest city.

In the spring of 2016 we worked with a group of Kurdish, Syrian and Turkish musicians in the city of Istanbul. Based out of a decommissioned energy plant in the centre of the city and over the course of 2 weeks, we organised public street studios, music workshops with youth groups, we worked with institutions helping blind children and those fleeing conflict, and recorded new music in a variety of spaces around the city; all culminating in a final showcase.

Çok güzel!

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Portugal is now the go-to country for digital nomads

Monday, 6 June, 2016

I once went to Portugal for two weeks, and ended up staying two months. If I had not planned to meet friends in the Sinai, I might have looked into staying on longer. Word that the country is now a haven for digital nomads, and other location independent workers, has me thinking of an extended return visit. If only that were feasible…

Nestled on the south-western edge of Europe, Portugal has more rugged landscapes, empty beaches, mountainside vineyards, ancient cities, and fairytale castles than you can shake a stick at. It was awarded the Entrepreneurial Region of the Year just last year. Alongside its relaxed pace of life, relatively low cost of living and great internet connectivity, it’s no surprise then that Portugal is becoming a European hub for Startups, digital nomads, and location independent workers.

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A road trip through the quiet south of the United States

Friday, 3 June, 2016

I still dream, but I am not restless anymore… Last Exit to Elsewhere, a short film by Dan Sadgrove, who drove more than eight thousand kilometres, across the southern part of the US, and I quote, through small towns and empty highways. This is something I’d love to do.

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Let’s go to Siberia and surf the Arctic ocean

Thursday, 2 June, 2016

Care for a spot of surfing? In Siberia? In the Arctic ocean? It’s not for the faint-hearted, to put it mildly, but otherwise, what an experience.

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Aotearoa, a short film by Ludovic Gibert

Thursday, 2 June, 2016

French filmmaker Ludovic Gibert recently spent three weeks travelling around New Zealand, and the short film, Aotearoa, is result of this trip.

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Let your sleep patterns determine your citizenship

Friday, 27 May, 2016

Are you living in one country, but feeling an affinity for another? Your sleep patterns may back up the assertion, possibly. I’m in Australia, but appear to have the sleep patterns of a Spanish woman. Curious. Portugal is a country I very much like, not that there’s anything wrong with neighbouring Spain of course, so maybe that has something to do with it?

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You’ll see more of Mongolia if travelling by bike and packraft

Thursday, 26 May, 2016

One way to see Mongolia, with bikes and packrafts. Possibly not the most comfortable way to move around, but you’d certainly see more than if you travelled by bus or train.

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A glimpse of Bangladesh

Friday, 20 May, 2016

Eyes Wide Open, glimpses of a recent visit by European filmmaker Vitùc to Bangladesh, who is working on a documentary titled “Voice of Bangladesh”.

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Let your smart shoes lead the way in an unknown city

Friday, 20 May, 2016

What a great way to find your way around a new, unknown city. Smart shoes will guide your movements through the streets, by vibrating when it is time to make a left or right turn.

I’ve never seen this neighborhood before, yet without so much as a glimpse at a map, I know exactly where to go and how to get there. The smart shoes on my feet know where I am headed, and vibrate when I must turn left or right. It is liberating. No more consulting a guidebook or my phone, no more asking strangers for directions. I simply enjoy the city.

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