– Is this the flag of Poland or Indonesia?
#badgeographyjoke #vexillology #flags #polandstronk #Indonesia
(Tak means yes in Polish and no in Indonesian)
14 Aug 19, On the recent Hong Kong protest:
Originally posted on Twitter
11 Aug 19, On the inadequacy of public transportation in the US:
I just can’t get over the fact that the default mean of transport is the car in the US. On literally every website of a business or organization, when you go to the direction/contact us section, there’s always step-by-step direction for cars but not public transit. Sometimes there’s really no transit options while sometimes they just don’t care. In most of East Asia the default mean of transport is metro, bus, and walking. I’m in St Louis today and I was surprised to find how cheap and easy it is to park your car in the downtown core of a major city in the US. I was also planning to visit the National Museums of Transportation, only to find out that there’s no transit options to get there on Sundays. What an irony. Even in Southern Africa we have better transit options than in most of US. Sure it’s not official or regulated, but at least it works.
Originally posted as a Facebook comment on a post published in the group New Urbanism Memes for Transit-Oriented Teens.
03 Jun 19, On an interesting but useless fact:
The English name for the largest river in SE Asia, Mekong, comes from Thai/Lao Mae Nam Khong, in which the Mae Nam part means river in Thai/Lao, and the Khong part comes from Chinese, meaning river.
So the name Mekong River actually means RiverRiver River…
Originally posted on Twitter
I could not believe there was a frozen section at the grocery stores here. Once again, I was wildly misinformed about what kind of shopping access there would be in eSwatini.
I realized pretty early on that eSwatini was not as isolated as I expected. We were taken to the grocery store after a few days in the country, and my mind was blown. There wasn’t enough time or money to process everything the Matsapha Pick’n’Pay offers, but I knew I would not have to eat rice and beans for every meal every day of my service after that first shopping trip.
Simply stated, you can buy just about anything here, although some things can come at quite the price.
So how does this access affect what you should bring and what you should buy in-country?
What you receive
Every PCV and Response volunteer will receive kitchenware, bedding, a few…
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I had heard of Swaziland before receiving my Peace Corps country placement, but I did not know anything about this tiny kingdom in Southern Africa. You might be traveling to Swaziland for the first time because you know PCV here or maybe you are coming to Bushfire, one of Africa’s largest music festivals, and you probably do not know too much about the kingdom, either. Here’s Bushfire’s survival guide, if you are coming for the music festival.
This weekend will be my first Bushfire, too, but after 11-and-a-half months of living in Swaziland, I have visited many of Swaziland’s top sights and still have a list of places to visit.
There are plenty of places to get away from it all here in Swaziland, which you really might need after a crazy weekend at Bushfire with 40,000 other festival-goers, and fortunately because Swaziland is so small, it does…
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I just recently opened a bank account with Standard Bank Swaziland. I thought Standard Bank would be reliable as it is the largest banking group in Southern Africa, but now I’m a little bit skeptical after seeing it’s website
Yeah someone has just taken the ‘insert as hyperlink’ too literally.
It’s the Lunar New Year today.
It is supposed to be a important day across East and Southeast Asia – although it might not be the case nowadays. I prefer to call it Lunar New Year rather than Chinese New Year, for two reasons. The first one is, obviously, that the holiday is celebrated not only in China but in numerous countries and communities. The second reason is that some people use the initial, CNY, to refer to the holiday, which accidentally is also the code of China’s currency. Annoying.
Anyway, the Lunar New Year is never a significant day here in eSwatini – and also isn’t to me. From the year 2010, I only spent one Lunar New Year in my home. It’s much better and make much more sense to see other parts of the world than to spend hours chatting nonsense with your relatives that you don’t even know who they are. So I tried to stay away from home, and here’s where I was.
2010: on the beach of Bali, Indonesia
2011: in a friend’s house, Sydney, Australia
2012: in a hut in Maasai Mara, Kenya
2013: in a friend’s house in Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
2014: in a guesthouse in Wēnzhōu, China
2015: at a campsite in Christchurch, New Zealand
2016: in my grandparents’ home in Nánníng, China
2017: the only time in the last 10 years that I spent the Lunar New Year in my home in Sūzhōu, China
2018 & 2019: in Mbabane, eSwatini (although it was Swaziland on the Lunar New Year in 2018)
So… yeah, keep moving.
And happy new year if it applies to you.