Category Archives: Philosophy

How to do Adventure – a Guide in 24 Steps

lluniFrom my current base in La Paz in Bolivia, I wanted to climb Chacaltaya. It seemed like a relatively easy mountain above 5000 m, and thus a good opportunity to set a new altitude record without falling into crevasses and battling with yetis. In … Continue reading

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After the Revolution

I am re-posting this article from 2015 because it seems that in Romania, the revolution is indeed never over: – – – This afternoon I had a brief exchange with a friend about the long-term effects of the Romanian revolution, probably … Continue reading

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Bury my heart – wherever

People ask me why I don’t go to a hospital when I am sick, when I get bitten by a bear/anaconda/piranha, when I have strange viruses, when I am bleeding from all orifices or when I have kidney stones (OK, … Continue reading

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The difference between Peru and Bolivia, illustrated in random messages

Whenever I move to a new country, I receive e-mails from people whom I don’t know, welcoming me to their country, offering help and giving advice. That’s nice. As I am about to move back from Peru to Bolivia, I realized … Continue reading

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Sheep

On the plain you see the so-called valley sheep, while the mountain sheep are grazing halfway up on the side of the mountains. Now in winter they are slowly making their way down where they will set up camp close … Continue reading

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Alternative Medicine

When I run out of money, I sometimes have to accept tedious jobs. Last weekend, I was transcribing and translating interviews with patients receiving biopharmaceuticals for what seemed like a very serious disease. Asked about the worst part of the … Continue reading

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How to measure Progress

Apart from the general criticism of the GDP expressed so eloquently here by Robert F Kennedy, I always wonder about the usefulness of international comparisons. I doubt that the GDP numbers for Nigeria are collected/calculated the same way as those for … Continue reading

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