Have you ever wondered what route your emails take, when you send them from your little office in the field to HQ?
If you are working for the UN or a Geneva based organisation and you are using a satellite uplink, then odds are, your emails will go through Raisting, a small village in the south of Germany. This is where “Emerging Markets Communications” (EMC) runs a huge antenna farm, that dwarfs the small chapel that stands in the middle of the enormous satellite dishes.
My parents live close to Raisting, so on my last trip home I took a photo of the installation. It’s funny to think that, for example every email I sent and every webpage I loaded on my computer while I was in Myanmar went through this place. It’s a small world.
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