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  • The Iron train

    Mauritania, Northwest Africa’s large desert country, has only one train line. Built by the French after discovering significant iron ore deposits in the middle of the Sahara, it stretches across 700 kilometers from the mining town of Zouerate to the port of Nouadhibou on the Atlantic coast. The trains consist of over 200 carriages, totaling…

  • Nomads?

    Nomads? The nomadic lifestyle in Mongolia is falling into gradual decline. In June 2018, I lived about ten days with a Mongolian family in the province of Bulgan, 300 kilometres west of the capital Ulan-Bator. Beyond the splendid landscapes of the steppe, picturesque scenes of herders shearing the sheep or children playing outside the yurts,…

  • Couchsurfing in Iran

    I’m off to Iran, a country that tends to generate more wariness than curiosity in the West, as the media hardly ever mention it but to discuss the advances of the nuclear deal. I can’t wait to delve into Iranian culture and go beyond those stereotypes. In order to interact as much as possible with…

  • The memory of the Armenian genocide standing the test of time

    Translation in progress