07 Feb 2018 - Ecuador (Quito)
My surveying career has reached another high point as I am currently in Quito the capital of Ecuador and the second highest capital city in the world (behind La Paz, Bolivia) at 2,850 m or well over 9,000 ft. Quito’s other geographical claim to fame is that it is the capital city closest to the equator.
I have to admit that the glamour of the trip is somewhat dampened by the 14 hour journey to get here, the six hour time difference and the fact that the altitude translates to there being one third less oxygen in the air. The altitude can take a toll on some people in terms of headaches and sickness but other than feeling out of breath walking up staircases I am happily unaffected.
23 Jan 2018 - DRC (Kinshasa)
I am in Kinshasa staying at the Cercle Elais which is a central and older-style hotel in Gombe. It sits on a large and lush site and is also a sports centre, with an Olympic-size outdoor pool with diving boards. I have stayed here a couple of times now and it is my favourite spot in Kinshasa.
In the residential sector of the real estate market, prices rose dramatically in areas which are regarded as good and safe between 2013 to 2015. However, since 2015 prices have stabilised and rental growth stalled.
31 Oct 2017 - Azerbaijan (Baku)
During my recent trip to Baku I reviewed the office market where up until circa 2013 there was a limited supply of Grade A office property with good health and safety provision and the CBD of Baku was centred on and around a single office/hotel complex – Landmark Building.
19 Oct 2017 - Bangladesh (Dhaka)
I have flown from Thailand to Dhaka in Bangladesh on Biman, the Bangladesh national airline. The flight is around two and a half hours and was good. I didn’t have time to get a visa in London so I got one on arrival which was relatively straight forward for me as I had an invitation letter, although someone who had turned up as a tourist without any documentation was having problems getting through.