Entries from 'arbeit'

back to reality

It was kind of hard to come back and adjust to the reality of life and work over here. We were in particular struck by the news that two aid workers were killed in a drone attack and then even more shocked to find out that a colleague has been kidnapped. We’re hoping and praying…

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fast forward again

The last couple of months have been busy with work and other things, so no time to keep this space up to date. In the meantime, we visited the Oktoberfest, Bjoern has left for Afghanistan, my sister got married and in a couple of days, we are finally off for a well-deserved holiday! Here are…

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a week in Windhoek

In September I attended the UNCCD COP11 in Namibia. It was really nice to be back to Southern Africa and I couldn’t help but feeling a little bit like coming home when I saw the sun rise over the dry hills and thorny bushes of the Kalahari. I stayed with a friend in Windhoek and…

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Through the West African Forest

For a potential project, I travelled to Abidjan and embarked on a journey through the last remaining part of the Upper Guinean Forest in Côte d’Ivoire and neighbouring Liberia. It was quite an adventure and we spent endless days on bumpy roads while exploring the Tai–Grebo–Sapo region. The sheer size of the trees and plants…

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In the Black Forest

I realize that this is slightly late, but I wanted to share some of the photos of a trip to the Black Forest in early June. It was a work trip, so there were a lot of meetings involved, but we also hiked through a “banned forest” to a perfect little lake and came really close…

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three days in Beijing

Working on China-Africa issues means it was only a matter of time before I got to travel to China :) In May, the time had come, and so I flew to Beijing for a few very intense days of meetings and talks. I was positively surprised by how green the area around where I stayed…

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London on the go

I got to attend a conference in London last week and was lucky enough to spend some time over the weekend with good friends. Ever since I lived in the UK, London has been one of my favorite cities and so I was really happy to be back for a few days. Here are a…

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A Week in Cameroon

It was my first time in Central Africa and I flew into Yaoundé. From there we drove down to Douala, passing the famous “pont de fer” and stopping at the banks of the Sanaga River to feast on the biggest plate of crevettes I have ever seen. It was so much we couldn’t even finish…

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capitals of Europe

A few pics from Brussels, where I went for a quick work trip last week. I stayed in a cool new hotel near the infamous Place Lux and went out for a few drinks with new and old colleagues. It’s been a while since my Brussels days but somehow it felt like not too much…

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So war’s in Conakry

So I made it to Conakry in one piece and spent a week there. I stayed at the friendly Residence Cameroun, a short walk from the Departement des Eaux et des Forets of the Environment Ministry, where I spent some time meeting people and discussing ideas. The department is set in a beautiful green garden…

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white gold of the Kalahari

Last week I accompanied a friend to shoot a film about salt. We drove to Upington where we visited the factory and watched the salt being processed and packaged. Then we were shuttled to a large salt pan in the middle of the Kalahari, where we spent the days filming the salt-making process on the…

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travel story published

My trip to Jordan made it into the current issue of lapologa magazine, along with beautiful fashion shots of the creations of this talented guy and a lot of other great stories! Pick up a copy of the magazine in stores now and be part of the conversation! :)  

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the final nights

After an informal dinner with lots of last-minute strategizing, I returned to the ICC on Friday on what was supposed to be the last day of negotiations. Througout the morning, we camped out in front of the meeting room where Ministers from major countries tried to come up with a deal. It was a day…

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Sunset Saturday XXXXI

Here’s a picture of the sun setting over that bridge at the ICC in Durban. COP17 didn’t end on Friday night as discussions were still ongoing, and I left way after sunset on what was supposed to be the last evening. In the end, a solution was agreed upon in the early hours of Sunday…

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a week in Durban

This past week has been quite hectic and I don’t know how many times I have walked over that dreaded bridge to get into the COP17. Below are a few pictures of where I am spending my days. 1, inside the plenary2, the bridge3, SADC exhibition booth4, ICC cafeteria5, in front of the Africa Pavilion

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