How to Eradicate World Poverty and Homelessness

Everyone expects you to write about poverty if you travel to Africa. How do people live there, having no food and no shelter? How is it, washing your clothes by hand every day? How is it, having to fight a monkey over every precious banana? What does well water taste like? How to get rid…

The gender of your city, or an ode to Istanbul

‘Essentially the great question remains: Who will hold Constantinople?’ Napoleon Some languages express it quite transparently: Moscow (Moskva) is essentially a female city and Saint-Petersburg is a real 18th century gentleman. Russian language distinguishes between grammatical genders, so we can have feminine and masculine cities on the geographical map of Russia… as well as some odd neutral…