I’m a Belgian, living in Paris. I’ve lived in England, Pennsylvania, Mali, Ivory Coast, the Congo (PDRC) and (briefly) Scotland and Belgium. I travel a lot for work and work a lot so I can travel. In my more lucid moments, I look to fill life with extreme, unique, original experiences through the places I go and the people I go there with.
I like to read, and while I have a soft spot for modern science fiction (Iain M. Banks, for example), I also have a half-decent selection of classics from Dickens to Orwell to Wilde, some modern fiction (e.g. Murakami, Rushdie, Amis, etc) and some modern thinkers (Hitchens). I am working on the other half.
The stories and the pictures I collect along the way are like trophies. While there’s more to life than travelling, meeting new people, enjoying the company of friends and getting a little close to the edge from time to time, these are the things that make me happy, and the pictures and stories are the fragments collected along the way.
I write here about the topics I care about. Often this is travel, but more and more I am draw to the subject of current events, especially in an international context. My academic and professional backgrounds cover economics, finance and politics.