Manu Joseph writes about people and spaces around Spui, in the tourist hub of Amsterdam. His dry humor is enjoyable as much as his reading of the place interesting. The trams disappear just that way! His is going after happiness as a theme, as I figure from his columns. If it is to bust this whole [...]
The specifics of travel in these times are standard. We know our way through the border controls, airports, transfers and how to arrive at hotels in new cities. In most parts of the world this is straightforward. The discomfort about the unknown begins beyond this point when the guidebook is not taken, travel forums are [...]
‘Why cannot you believe in Jesus’, asked the Congolese passenger sitting by my side. This was during a spurt of conversation that the bus entered into, after a small town or stop had passed. He is heading to Congo, and will change for another bus from Dar Es Salaam, after taking rest for a night [...]
Sauti Sol for tonight.Isukuti and Nairobi… on my mind!
Belief ‘Why cannot you believe in Jesus?’I can! It doesn’t make any difference, this name or something else. 'Do you not want to believe in Jesus?’ he asks. We smile and share peanuts. He turned down my offer of cashewnuts. He is home bound. to Congo. And bought a Masai shawl for someone back home. [...]
16/7/2018 East Africa on a bus. Ends in 52 hours on a bus and traverses over 2000 kilometres of this piece of African continent. This is a different world. Interesting, beautiful, tough and brave.
17/7/2018 Nairobi Two pages from Sabiti Kabushenga’s ‘Yet’. Unusual form and extraordinary spontaneity in this poem. Re-reading every poem in the collection. Volumes of Poets of Africa to leave with.