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Into Copenhagen!

Jul 1st, 2016 David Berger 2 min read

It was four am, then it was five, and then six. The sun rolled across the horizon and began to climb into the sky. By seven, the bus rolled into the station, and a few minutes later, after a torrent of hot, exhausted bodies purged themselves from the tube of metal, rubber, and plastic, it was time to board. Seven thirty, the bus starts up,…

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The move: Wroclaw to Copenhagen

Jun 20th, 2016 David Berger 3 min read

It was early, or maybe it was late. I guess it’s all a matter of perspective. I’d already packed, I’d been packed for a few days. Just the last essentials sitting on my desk. My laptop out, my notebook and kindle on the charger, my travel adapter and wall to USB adapter plugged in. My orange Escape Osprey pack, a 2001 original, made in Dolores…

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Understanding Zambia: History and Reflections Pt III

Mar 8th, 2016 David Berger 4 min read

In February’s segment I wrote a little bit about the history of Zambia, and I touched on nationalization. I wanted to return to that point in today’s reflection on Zambia. Now, public opinion maintains that Kaunda’s decision to nationalize the copper mines was more political than economic. He was advised on multiple fronts that the nationalization of the mines would not be a good idea…

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Understanding Zambia: History and Reflections Pt. II

Feb 12th, 2016 David Berger 5 min read

In January’s segment on Zambia and Zambian History, I wrote about Zambia’s development as a country under colonial rule, and simplified its path through its transition to independence. In this section I’d like to talk more about the next phase of Zambian History – particularly it’s evolution as a free country, and some of it’s better known projects. The modern free nation of Zambia was…

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Understanding Zambia: Reflections on history

Jan 20th, 2016 David Berger 3 min read

As you know, I often reflect on my time in Zambia, and in the next series of posts I wanted to cover some of the history of Zambia, and to talk about it in context. From her earliest beginnings in prehistory, through the period of the Khosian occupation of the area through to the 4th century, when a new influx of Bantu peoples descended from…

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Flash Backs

Dec 10th, 2015 David Berger 1 min read

2011, November. I was sitting in my Hut, having worked on plastering and liming the burned brick walls. I’d just killed a five foot snake, who had just so happened to come and visit me in my living room. A reward was in order, and a local treat was just the right idea. Inswa (flying termites) Kapenta/Cisense (Dried fingerlings/small fish) Ubwali (Maize flour made into…

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EMGS: Two Months in

Dec 8th, 2015 David Berger 2 min read

Hello! It’s about time to check in for an update. If you’ll remember from my last post, talking about the Erasmus Mundus Global Studies program, each of the primary universities has a focus: Leipzig, London, Roskilde, Vienna, Wroclaw (Our big 5): at the University of Leipzig on comparative analysis of global entanglements both historically and for the present times, focusing on Eastern Europe, Western Europe,…

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The next step: Poland and Denmark

Aug 30th, 2015 David Berger 5 min read

Friends, Family: I have fantastic news to share. Although this last week has been exceptionally stressful, there has been some bright light at the end of the tunnel. On Tuesday of last week, an offer arrived from the Erasmus Mundus Global Studies programme consortium. A couple hours later, as the work day in the U.S. began, I was offered a job with the Dallas Regional…

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Must see’s in Zambia!

Aug 25th, 2015 David Berger 1 min read

A quick, impromptu interview with the intrepid Alex Berger, world traveler and travel blogger about must see’s in Zambia. “During David’s three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in various parts of Zambia he had the opportunity to explore the surrounding region in depth. His trips often took him to remote parts of Zambia and at times into the surrounding countries. In this video he…

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Travel Safety in Africa

Aug 14th, 2015 David Berger 1 min read

David is a veteran traveler with more than 30 countries under his belt. In today’s interview I asked him about how to travel safely on a budget (including hitch hiking) in sub-Saharan Africa. David shares his personal experience, observations, tips and tricks accrued over three years serving as a US Peace Corps Volunteer (his opinions here are his own and do NOT represent the Peace Corps).