along the road   fleeting figures

  

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just a glimpse, stay tuned for more to explore  ·  MilesAstray unfolds in retrospect. I was living these stories full time, now I’m penning them down. Head over to the countries page for the latest places/stories.

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a glimpse

 
Man headjumping into Lake Kivu in Rwanda

 

glimpse: EXPLOSIVE DIVE | Lake Kivu on the border of Rwanda and DR Congo is one explosive body of water. As member of an exclusive club of solely three lakes that undergo so called limnic eruptions, it is thought to explode around every 1000 years. Then, the released methane and CO2 kills all life in close proximity by means of asphyxiation as has happened in the 1980s with its Camaroonian equivalents Lake Monoun and Lake Nyos. For now, the millions of lives along the lake are lived ordinarily and swims are a welcome and hazard-free leisure activity.

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glimpse: MARKET THEORY’S REALITY | With his famous Five Forces Framework, Harvard academic Michael Porter gave the business world a tool to determine the competitiveness of an industry. How nice, thanks teach! For a business to enter under favorable conditions, the forces should be weak. Let’s look at retailers in Kigali’s Kimironko market for instance: threat of new entrants – strong; threat of substitutes – strong; bargaining power of customers – strong; bargaining power of suppliers – strong; industry rivalry – strong. Well, it looks like this market isn’t the right fit for you Mr. Aspiring Shoe Vendor. Unless, of course, it’s all you got, and life isn’t just a theory.

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Kigali

Twigs, flowers and barbed wite in Gisenyi, Rwanda

 

Gisenyi   manmade thorn

stories

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countryside

 

 

 

 

 

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places / stories

Countryside / My Bus Window and I

yet to be written

stay tuned

Gisenyi / Congolese Border Misadventure

yet to be written

stay tuned

Kibuye / Living with Explosive Likelihoods

when home is where disaster lurks

 

And those who live there, live lives, not odds. They are accustomed to the normality of any given day that isn’t the one when disaster strikes.

Kigali / Unbelievable Realities

yet to be written

stay tuned

 

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in Africa