Oh Sanctissima

Recorded today, for the first Sunday of Advent, a modern variation of “Oh Sanctissima” (Oh Du Fröhliche). Happy Advent!

How phone calls and internet work in Liberia

Living in the Liberian hinterland bears challenges you can’t expect unless you’re there. One example is communication. While the internet connection is pretty stable and strong enough for emails and occasional surfing, you’re totally disconnected from Skype, YouTube and larger file downloads (there are means to overcome that, usually involving fiddling around with a server I run in Germany caching data for me and downloading it over night, but it’s still a hassle). But when it comes to phone calls, things get difficult. Of course, I can choose to make my phone calls from my normal cellphone. But as Germany is not a focus country of Liberia, I don’t profit from the 5ct/min price to the US, UK, Canada, India and China. Instead, I have to pay 40ct/min – which is still ok compared to the opposite direction (roughly 3€/min), but still expensive. Imagine a...

Tiny dogs in my yard

I am sailing…!

We had the opportunity to do a short trip on a Dhau – a sailing boat that probably dates back to the 4th century AD and is widely spread along the Indian ocean. It also was common in the mediterranean sea, but later got replaced by larger types. Although dhaus don’t have a fin, they are deep enough to allow beating – in fact, a nice design and all handmade!  

Strolling along the Indian Ocean

A palm garden in Bagamoyo

Global Corruption Barometer: Liberia

Visiting a vocational school in Kenya