So, I moved flat last week and was left without internet for a couple of days. Instead of the nail-biting anticipation I had expected before my homehub arrived, I actually enjoyed being disconnected. I am now a gardening, National Geographic-reading, meditating, baking, all-round homebody pro. Just kidding. I’ve gone back to my face-too-close-to-the-screen antics now, but it was nice for a little while to step away from the world wide web. I have to say, I got a lot more done.
Anyway, here is this week’s installment of Cultural Reading (I am aware I missed a week but, like I said, I was living in the dark ages for a short while).
Before I start, though, I’m just going to tell you about my new article on the Huffington Post incase there’s a slim chance you might want to read it. It discusses how ridiculously safe I found Copenhagen and whether Denmark’s capital has found the formula to a safe city. You can read it here. I would love to hear your views if you have been to Copenhagen, or if you have been to a place where you felt ridiculously safe.
This extended essay on one of my favourite sites highlights the dilemma between using advanced Western medicines and age-old traditional village healers to cure babies of various ailments in Uganda. An interesting read for the insight into Ugandan culture and for a moving personal story.
Not so much travel-related, but a fascinating look into the minds of some of the world’s most famous creatives and how they would describe themselves in a limiting 7-words. Would you be able to do this? What would you write?
I have a strange fascination with rock painting and etching; I love that art can give such a deep insight into the past, so this article is right up my street. It actually highlights a documentary that is coming out soon, but it also reveals some eye-opening facts about rock art and its history in Aboriginal Australia.
Another African medicine-related article. It’s that kind of week. This piece, by the Guardian, looks at the struggle African countries have with imported fake drugs and medicines which cause thousands of deaths every year. Except Rwanda. This piece looks the ways in which Rwanda has combated this problem and paved way for improvements in the medicinal world.
So, that’s it for this week. Again, if you want to contribute to next week’s Cultural Reading, leave a comment below or send me a Tweet or find me on Facebook! I welcome all kinds of submissions so don’t be shy!
In the meantime, here are some Cultural Reading posts you might have missed:
- Cultural Reading: Squats, Fairytales, and War Photos
- Cultural Reading: Memory, Work Experience, and Adventure