Perfect sky shadow on a plane

Aug 14, 2017 | Picture | Sky | Basel

Yesterday before I boarded the plane, I noticed the sky was just beautiful with an amazing summer sunset. I started to climb the stairs and just before I entered the aircraft I was able to snap this quick shot throught a narrow gap in the door. Sometimes the light, time, station and weather is perfect for a picture like this.

Basel from the air

Jul 16, 2017 | Basel | Picture | Sky

Beautiful sky in BSL

Apr 30, 2017 | Picture | Basel | Europe

Beautiful sky in the basel airport

Another nice spring picture

Mar 29, 2017 | Pictures | Basel | Spring

Another picture I shot last weekend during a sunny Sunday. In the background you can see Pauluskirche. This Reformed Church in Basel was built between 1898 and 1901, in a Neo-Romanesque architectural style.

Spring is here

Mar 27, 2017 | Pictures | Spring | Basel

Yesterday the weather was quite amazing here in Basel. Spring is definitely here already.

Basel Fasnacht 2017 Lanterns

Mar 8, 2017 | Pictures | Basel | Europe

One of the most interesting parts of the Basel Fasnacht is the big latterns that participate on the parade on Monday morning. On tuesday they were exposed in Munsterplatz and this year there were a lot political motives related to politics and the far right trends. One of the most descriptive ones was this one.

Snowy Tree in Basel

Jan 7, 2017 | Basel | Picture | Winter

The last couple of days have been particularly cold in Basel, but a nice gift that you get with those type of days is the Snow. Yesterday I saw this beatiful snowy tree next to the snow on top those leaves.

A 2016 resolution achieved

Jan 1, 2017 | Meta | Chart | Basel

At the end of January last year I mentioned that one of my resolutions was undust my social accounts and to update them on a regular basis and to keep a blog with the most interesting updates I post on those social profiles or to write about anything that comes to my mind. At the beginning my plan was to update the blog every 3 or 4 days and even if I haven’t been able to update it as regularly as I wanted to, still I have been able to keep posting maps, graphs and pictures. As you can see in the the chart above this was particularly true when I started this blog and during the summer time.

What is interesting is that looking back at the post I published during last year I can remember where I was and what has happening in the world. This helps me to create a year in review from my blogging perspective:

  • On the 19th of the December there was a terrorist attack in Berlin: A truck was deliberately driven into the Christmas market beside Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, killing and injuring many visitors. The day after I wrote about the significance of the xmas markets to me and how terrorism was not going to change that.
  • On November I blogged for the third time about how the earth temperature measured by NASA was the highest ever throughout the year. I think I will keep discussing it this year vis-a-vis the Trump presidency and his global warming denial advisors.

    I also wrote on that month how this election had been another Poll Miss, with his completely unexpected victory.
  • In October I had the opportunity to attend for the second time to the Berlin Festival of LIghts and took a couple of pictures during the event this year.
  • At the beginning of October Colombia voted for the plebiscite regarding the peace process with the Farc guerrillas and surprisingly the voters rejected the agreement for a tiny margin. I posted a map showing how the most affected regions voted yes.
  • In September I had the opportunity to visit the Canary Islands for the first time with my girlfriend. I had a great time and I was able to take many pictures during the week I spend there
  • In August I visited the amazing Iceland for the first time and even if it was a short trip I loved this place. I definitively would like to come back again one day:
  • Also in August the RIo Summer Olympics took place and blogged about the Medals Table after a couple of days. Usa, Great Britain and China ended up on the top of the table once the tournament was over.
  • July was the month of the Pokemon GO madness and I posted a chart showing how the wikipedia views of the pokemon article completely spiked during those days. The same month Portugal won the Euro Football Cup for the first time.
  • At the beginning of the month I also posted a chart about the number of black people killed in the US by cops and the reason behind the black lives matter movement on that country.
  • On June we had the opportunity to attend a Coldplay concert with my GF in Berlin and I saw the famous Olympic Stadium from inside. Unfortunately this month also came with a terrorist attack in the Istanbul airport.
  • June was also a very bad month for the European Union with Great Britain voting to leave this institution. I posted a chart with a breakdown because the Exit camp won but London, Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain.. I also wrote on that month an update on the ZIka virus issue affecting my hometown and Brazil
  • In May I wrote how the inflation in Venezuela was going up the roof. Unfortunately the economic situation is still very dire in this South American country.
  • I wrote in April about how the world was becoming Obese with a map showing the percentage of the population with overweight and obesity across the World and I discussed how this problem was particularly bad in the pacific islands.
  • At the end of March I discussed how I had finished my career break in Asia one year ago. Later on during the year I moved this blog to the node.js platform where this blog lives as well and undusted a post about the week I spent in Ko Lanta

    Also in March I have the opportunity to go back to Dublin to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the easter rising.
  • In February I blogged about the Abortion Restriction Laws in the US and how it has become harder and harder in southern states endangering the health of this female population.
  • I also posted in February a Map showing the most dangerous cities in the world in terms of murder rate. Unfortunately most of those are in Latin America.
  • Finally in January I made a post about the Gun Ownership in the US, showing how it's crazy that the country has more guns that people.

So that was very quick summary of what I blogged last year. Looking forward to keep doing it in 2017.

2016 Sunset

Dec 31, 2016 | Basel | Picture | NYE

Finally 2016 is ending. As John Oliver mentioned in the last episode of his last week tonight show, 2016 has been a pretty shitty year. There were so many musical and movie legends passing away (David Bowie, Alan RIckman, Prince, Gene Wilder, Leonard Cohen, Carrie FIsher, Debbie Reynolds and George Michael) and Europe experienced terror in many cities including Nice, Istanbul, Brussels and Berlin.

On the other hand the populists and far right anti-immigrant movements gained a lot of traction in Europe and America. The popular vote brought many unexpected outcomes including the Brexit victory despite the Scottish and Northern Irish opposition, the Colombian plebiscite rejection to the peace agreement reached in Cuba and finally the astonishing Trump victory on the electoral college, even though he lost the popular vote by almost 3 million ballots.

The only silver lining of this year was the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. Let’s hope this doesn’t change in 2017 (cough trump), since that will make it a horrible year as well.

Synagogue in Basel

Dec 8, 2016 | Basel | Europe | Picture

This morning I was talking to my father in law and he mentioned he wanted to check out the Synagogue in Basel. I had no idea there was such a building in the city, but I checked online and discovered there is a neo-Byzantine domed structure indeed, originally constructed in 1868 and enlarged in 1892. Above there is a picture of this Synagogue.

Bowie at the Wall of Fame Mural in Basel

May 29, 2016 | Europe | Basel | Picture

In downtown Basel there is a wall with a mural that shows portraits of rock stars like Janis Joplin, Keith Richert, Mick Jagger and David Bowie, that you can see on this picture.