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Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Culture, Travel | 0 comments

Mosquito Paradise

Mosquito Paradise

We thought we were clever to save money by booking an overnight train from Athens to Thessaloniki. The harsh glare of buzzing lights, the sweaty Greek man snoring loudly beside me, and the smell of unwashed bodies added dramatic effect to this adventure I was on with my two friends, E and Oksana. We exchanged amused glances with each other that said we’d laugh about it all later. Credit card denied. Cash only. Combined, the three of us only had enough Euro for one ticket to Istanbul and the closest ATM was down the street. We set out into driving rain, preoccupied by the fact that our backpacks were not waterproof. E proposed we play The Glad Game, a competition to see who could come up with the best reason to be thankful or ‘glad’ about our circumstances. After a few feeble attempts fell flat, we gave in to exhaustion and irritation we felt and returned to buy our train tickets in silence. This train is sold out. The woman directly...

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Posted by on Dec 16, 2012 in Blog, Culture, Photos, Travel | 0 comments

Backgammon in Nicosia, Cyprus

Backgammon in Nicosia, Cyprus

This photo was taken in the Old City of Nicosia, Cyprus, where backgammon is a game the old and young play in their spare time. The title is “East/West” as a reference to the contrast of old and new worlds– the traditional and modern. The poster and calendar display messages in English and one of the men is wearing a popular Western brand but all of the men in the picture are traditional Cypriots playing a game that originated in Persia (Iran) thousands of years ago in the last divided capitol of the world. I had permission to capture this moment on a Sunday afternoon in the Old City Nicosia and I have always enjoyed the subtle contrasts in this photo as well as the clear streams of light filtering in onto the scene. This photo is entered into a contest and you can vote for it by liking or sharing it from BarrelHopping’s website....

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Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Blog, Change, Culture, Travel | 0 comments

In Baghdad Dreaming of Cairo, In Cairo Dreaming of Baghdad: Rumi and the Traveler

In Baghdad Dreaming of Cairo, In Cairo Dreaming of Baghdad: Rumi and the Traveler

Either this deep desire of mine will be found on this journey, or when I get back home! It may be that the satisfaction I need depends on my going away, so that when I’ve gone and come back, I’ll find it at home. I will search for the Friend with all my passion and all my energy, until I learn that I don’t need to search. The real truth of existence is sealed, until after many twists and turns of the road. As in the algebraical method of  “the two errors,” the correct answer comes only after two substitutions, after two mistakes. Then the seeker says, “If I had known the real way it was, I would have stopped all the looking around.” But that knowing depends on the time spent looking! ~Rumi, excerpt from ‘In Baghdad dreaming of Cairo: In Cairo dreaming of Baghdad’ A few nights ago I read this poem by Rumi and it was as if this 13th century Sufi mystic reached through the...

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