Head elsewhere

August 8, 2017

Head elsewhere While researching for a session during our upcoming workshop on journalism and migration, I came across lots of great photographers (the topic for the session is how to use photography to change stereotypes and present alternative narratives) and since we’re living in the age of social-visual media,...

Arslanbob – of walnuts, mountains and divinity

July 28, 2017

Arslanbob – of walnuts, mountains and divinity There’s a road leading up from Bazar-Khorgon, a small and dusty town in the Fergana valley, the open lands connecting southern Kyrgyzstan, eastern Uzbekistan and the north of Tajikistan. It leads along a river at first, with houses and small farms on the...

Space ride

July 27, 2017

Space ride When Dubai launched its metro line in 2009, the first cart on each train was painted in gold, and you had to buy a special ticket to enter. The idea was that riding it was an experience, not just a way to get from A to B...

Bishkek in the summer heat

July 26, 2017

Bishkek in the summer heat When the Kara-Kirghiz Autonomous Oblast (the name used for the different regions incorporated in the Soviet Union) was established in 1925, Bishkek – at the time called “Pishpek”, then one year later named “Frunze” – became its capital. The city has since been the...

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Tripoli summer city

July 9, 2017

Tripoli summer city The road that leads through Mina down to the sea, on a heavily hot Saturday afternoon.  

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Mao, Mecca and a tent – the last stops on a fascinating journey through the history of calligraphy

July 6, 2017

An exhibition with works from five contemporary Lebanese artists explores the way private/public ideas take form through the means of calligraphy

A mobile garden befitting a princess

June 10, 2017

A mobile garden befitting a princess There are few better places to hide from a sudden burst of rain than a small, half hidden, temporary garden set up in the corner of a roundabout in the middle of Berlin. Even better if you just bought something to drink and had a...

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10k race in south Lebanon

May 17, 2017

A weekend running event in Sour, the small coastal town in Lebanon's south

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St Lucia in Mannar

April 5, 2017

St Lucia in Mannar On the morning of the 13th, it was December and there was a breeze in the morning, people had already been up and gotten ready, put on new and crisp and clean-washed clothes, perhaps just purchased the day before and not yet worn only tried...

Bridging the gap for India’s madrasa youth

March 28, 2017

A new course at Aligarh Muslim University in northern India lets students from religious madrasas engage with critical thinking and interfaith dialogue to set them on the way to university degrees

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Puttalam, with the very clean bus stand

March 9, 2017

Puttalam, with the very clean bus stand Anyone who has been to a fair number of bus stations in southern Asia – or most other parts of the world as well – can easily close their eyes and imagine an unwelcoming place, hot and dusty and very much somewhere...

Sri Lanka’s Tamil temples

January 17, 2017

Between us and the sky: Sri Lanka’s Tamil temples In the morning, if you still have not woke up by the sound of dissatisfied dogs barking away to pass time, or the ever-repeated Für Elise jingle of Sri Lanka’s mobile bakery trucks, there will no doubt be a morning puja in a...

Anuradhapura – ancient city of Buddha

January 4, 2017

Anuradhapura – ancient city of Buddha In the morning, you wake up early. You hear the silence that is no longer fully silent: somewhere far away, people are chanting. Someone outside the door is wiping the floor; the strokes against the ground remind of others, on other early mornings...

The overgrown Beatles ashram

October 13, 2016

The overgrown Beatles ashram There is a place in Rishikesh, just outside the city on the eastern banks, at the end of a road that leads past brightly coloured ashrams with every morning meditation and orange waistcloths hanging to dry from the balconies. You have to make your way...

Small town story

October 4, 2016

Small town story So I happened to be in Falköping one morning, it was a Saturday around 8.30 or 9, with half an hour to spend. I was going to meet my mum outside the place where she goes for gym classes, which is on the main street leading...