10 May 2018 - Algeria (Oran)
I am in Oran which is Algeria's second city after Algiers, and around 400 km from the capital.
There has been a lot of luxury apartment and touristic development here, and there is some major public construction taking place including new roads and the Stadium at Bir El Djir which is being built for the Mediterranean Games (taking place in 2021). There is a much wider choice of hotels here than in Algiers and they are generally better and cheaper.
04 Mar 2018 - Romania (Constanta)
I am in Constanta, a major port and touristic destination on the Black Sea in Romania. My timing for this visit was very bad as I flew into Bucharest as a blizzard was in progress and had to spend three days there because the road to Constanta was closed. On Friday the road was opened and I drove the 260 km to Constanta.
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.
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.