07/28/2012

The White Elephant: The Trouble with Foreign Aid in Africa

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06/23/2012

New feature on the travel blog: the photostream

Last week I published a new feature on my travel blog: the photostream. The photostream shows all public photos in a stream, independently from galleries or blog posts. On the right side of the stream it is possible to filter the images depending on different categories, for example 'Africa', 'Black & White' or 'Landscape'. From time to time I will update the photostream with new images. In the next couple of weeks pictures from Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Ethiopia are following. 

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The fullsize view of the stream opens the pictures in the size of the browser window. The photostream will not replace the galleries. However, I work on an update of the galleries as well. But this will still take several weeks.

Stay tuned!


04/03/2012

Cape Town: Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch and Langa

Cape Town offers a wide range of attractions, sights and activities. One blog post is certainly not enough to describe all attractions, so I limit it to three spots I liked best: Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch and Langa.

Table Mountain is Cape Town's most prominent attraction and a world famous landmark. The top of Table Mountain offers breathtaking views in all directions. The mountain is often cloaked in magical mist and surealistic cloud formations, which have become famous as the 'tablecloth'. Sometimes it seems that the clouds are pouring or streaming like a viscous fluid over the ridge of the mountain. In November 2011 Table Mountain was nominated and announced as one of the 'New 7 Wonders of Nature', which is a campaign to promote the cultural and natural heritage of the earth. For the nomination billions of votes are selected through an international poll.

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Hiking on Table Mountain is very popular, you can reach the top of the mountain either by cableway or by foot. The summit can be reached by foot in a time between 2.5 and 4 hours, depending on the chosen route. The best photo spot to get the typical famous silhouette of the Table Mountain is from Bloubergstrand which is located about 25 km to the north of Cape Town city centre.

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