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Ryszard Kapuscinski, the great Polish writer on Africa, remarked that in Luanda, Angola, ‘in the course of four hundred years, the Portuguese did not dig a single well for potable water, or illuminate the streets with lanterns.’ The Patriarch of Lisbon announced in 1960 that the colonies needed schools, but only within limits, ‘to teach the natives to write, to read and to count, but not to make them doctors.’ In Guinea-Bissau, even this was considered a step too far: at independence in 1974, only one in fifty Guineans could read and write.
This was Africa at its most exacting. In these ill-starred lands, things that we in the West take for granted – being born without killing yourself or your mother, reaching your first birthday, surviving colds, diarrhoea and other minor illnesses, reading and writing, toilets, switching on a light or turning a tap, eating a regular meal – all these things are privileges few are accorded.
Contentment, however, can breed boredom, and I worried that if I continued along this smooth path the slow creep of middle-age would accelerate. In my mid-thirties I retained an adolescent urge to have a life that was unconventional, unpredictable, romantic. I had a hazy notion that I could fend off stagnation by seeing and doing new things, as if, like a character in a computer game which acquires extra lives each time it completes a task, consuming new experiences would somehow buttress me against time’s onslaught.
indypendenthistory:

Hiram Bingham, The real Indiana Jones, 1911
“Hiram Bingham (1875–1956) was an American academic, explorer and treasure hunter and politician. He obtained a B.A. from Yale University and a PhD from Harvard. Bingham was not a trained archaeologist, yet it was during Bingham’s time as a lecturer – later professor – at Yale that he discovered the largely forgotten Inca city of Machu Picchu. “

Read a great book about him a few months ago:
Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time 

indypendenthistory:

Hiram Bingham, The real Indiana Jones, 1911

“Hiram Bingham (1875–1956) was an American academic, explorer and treasure hunter and politician. He obtained a B.A. from Yale University and a PhD from Harvard. Bingham was not a trained archaeologist, yet it was during Bingham’s time as a lecturer – later professor – at Yale that he discovered the largely forgotten Inca city of Machu Picchu. “

Read a great book about him a few months ago:

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time 

(via mothermakemegoldagain)

Only read 25 books so far this year. Need to up my ante. 

To tread lightly in foreign nations & not try to change them. Sadly governments never seem to get this  - A Winter in Arabia by Freya Stark #books

To tread lightly in foreign nations & not try to change them. Sadly governments never seem to get this - A Winter in Arabia by Freya Stark #books