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Marseille, Marseille

April 11, 2018

Marseille, Marseille It was enough with only three days. After that I knew it. I had found her: the city I would live in were I ever to move back to Europe again. Mediterranean, sunny, open to the sea and with a deep-rooted transitory identity. Marseille! Hélène, a journalists...

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Paint it coloured

February 22, 2018

Paint it coloured If you follow the road next to the sea, taking you past the Corniche and its strollers, joggers and kids, then past Rouche and the signature chunky rock, onwards past resort hotels with names like Mövenpick and Summerland and Coral Beach, and then through the hapazardly built...

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2017 on a plate

January 10, 2018

2017 on a plate The year went a bit like a multi course dinner: one edible thing after the other. And since January is a time for reflection and thinking about the year that passed, why not do that in food? So here goes, the best and most interesting...

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Camels are camels are camels

November 27, 2017

Camels are camels are camels While in the country for a couple of weeks, meeting with artisans for the online archive Atharna is building with Middle Eastern crafts, I inevitably crossed paths with many individuals from this long-standing community in the peninsula – camels. That’s typical of course, just like seeing a moose...

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Jeddah – more than the gateway to Mecca

November 21, 2017

Jeddah – more than the gateway to Mecca Port cities, especially those on important travel and trade routes. They are more than cities, more than ports. With all the people coming and going, bringing pieces of home and place with them, they become meeting points and crossroad spaces – inherently rich...

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Jeddah’s Al Balad

November 10, 2017

Jeddah’s Al Balad ‘Al Balad is a unique place. This architecture cannot be found anywhere else. There are traditional high-rises in Shibam and Sanaa in Yemen also, but they are made from clay.’ Sami Nawar, the head of the municipality in Al Balad, Jeddah’s old town, stands on top of...

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...