CST Bombay

October 31, 2012

Right in the centre of South Bombay, in the midst of charming but cramped old buildings and green parks where kids play cricket, sits a huge building: CST, often called “the most beautiful train station in the world”. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, which is the full name of this...

Stories from Tadmur

October 18, 2012

When does a war end? And what about those things that don’t end, that stay unresolved? In Lebanon, more than 20 years after the civil war officially ended, many people continue to live, intimately, with what is not resolved from the war. UMAM, a civil organization researching and documenting...

In between two mountains in the Bekaa

October 16, 2012

If you’re a reader of Denmark’s Politiken or Finland’s Hufvudstadsbladet, you’ll soon read a report I wrote about hashish production in Lebanon. Together with Karim Mostafa (who took these pictures), I visited the hashish-producing village Yammouneh a few weeks back. Half an hour’s drive from the Roman ruins in...

Along the road in the Bekaa

October 10, 2012

Karim and I were driving in the Bekaa when we saw something. On the right side of the road, next to the big, rectangular tents that house Syrian families coming to work in the fields in Lebanon: a clothesline dancing in the wind. There was something with the colorful...

Walking route

October 10, 2012

One of my favourite walks in Beirut is the one that takes you from Hamra to Ashrafieh through Sanayeh, Zarif, Zoukak el Blat, Patriarchiye and Basta. These areas are lovely: they’re residential but still busy in a very nice way. You will find many of Beirut’s remaining old houses...

Beirut paint-up

October 8, 2012

Stairways hold an important place in Beirut’s urban landscape. They connect one street to another, and small hills to the street level. Usually, they’re concrete grey and blend, but lately some of them have turned bright orange, pink and green. The colorful make-over is courtesy of a team that...