A Good Reason to Travel

The happiest asks directions, even though he knows the way.

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Somewhere in South Africa

A Good Reason to Travel

Climb to the top of the boulder that blocks your way, and enjoy the view from a different perspective.

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Kalahari Desert, South Africa

Shanghai and Air Pollution

17 of the 20 most polluted cities are supposedly in China (source: documentary), which reminded me of the trip taken there in 2005.

Most times, we were chauffeured by our host’s driver, and unpleasant places were avoided. But on a separate trip to Shanghai, I got a clearer view of its environmental problems.

Granted, since that time, some issues might have improved, but on the big scale, Shanghai probably still has the same problems as other industrial cities do.

Cars pollute the air. In subtropical heat, I walked around in sandals during the day. I really had to scrub my feet, blackened by carbon, in the shower each evening.

Many pedestrians just dropped their trash on the spot with a city employee (mostly senior citizens) sweeping up the trash right behind. I remember seeing a young woman dropping a banana peel on the ground. The garbage bin had been in arm’s length.

This is one of my favorite pictures of Shanghai. It was taken around 3 p.m. During the three days we spent there, the polluted mist never seemed to lift its carbon veil.

Shanghai in the afternoon

Frankfurt at Sunset

Even though we live so close to the city of Frankfurt (about 23 km to the city limit, or 35 minutes by U-Bahn), we rarely make it into the city.

Frankfurt City

Unless we have a dinner invitation, which was the case last Sunday, we only come here to pick up guests and family from the Hauptbahnhof and airport.

Frankfurt City

And I do admit, once I am here, I wonder why we don’t visit more often. Frankfurt is a good city.

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