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I'm a reporter, editor, photographer and blogger with a lust for travel, art, culture and justice. I've visited 54 countries and counting.
I'm a reporter, editor, photographer and blogger with a lust for travel, art, culture and justice. I've visited 54 countries and counting.

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Earlier this evening at the train station in Pivka, a town in southwestern Slovenia. Most train stations in Slovenia are about as inspiring as this one.

Pivka, Slovenia, 12 July 2017


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One way, the Enchanted Forest Trail covers less than two kilometers of southern Chile’s pristine Queulat National Park. But between its trailhead, set in a lush dense evergreen forest and its terminus on a cliff above a clear and clean turquoise-tinted glacier-fed lagoon, it packs a lot into those 1.1 miles. Its name fits.

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On the Rue de L’Ancienne Comedie, Paris. I wonder if that arm is still there.


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I watched 'Les corps interdits', or ‘Banned Bodies’ last night, the closing production of the 2017 Festival of Migrant Film in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana. It’s an experimental short documentary by French documentary director and producer Jeremie Reichenbach about life in the Calais ‘Jungle’ before the migrant jump-off ground between France the United Kingdom was razed last October.

In the 12-minute piece, Reichenbach shares some of the stories about the brutal conditions that migrants were forced to endure in the Calais encampment, told through the voices of some of the men who passed through there. That’s where the somewhat ‘experimental’ aspect comes in: you never see the men’s faces, but only hear their voices — emotional, brutally honest, poetic, sometimes even profound as they describe the limbo circumstances have led them to. Most of the visuals are black and white photographs of ‘The Jungle’, the muddy swamp-like tent city that was home to more than six thousand refugees and migrants during the peak of the ‘crisis’ in Europe in late 2015. The film’s impact wouldn’t have been nearly as strong had he been there with a camera instead of a microphone only.

‘Banned Bodies’ was one of 15 films, most of them shorts, that I managed to catch at the festival since Friday, and among the most powerful. I’m hoping to post more on those later this week. But first, below is a Q&A with Reichenbach that followed the screening; in it he discusses both the subject matter –the realities of life ‘The Jungle’ and the refugees and migrants he met there– and the making of the film itself. It was an informative discussion that, somewhat ironically, lasts nearly four times as long as the film itself.


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So you’ve got time to kill in Nassau and want to do something besides eat, drink or shop? Here’s your best option: The Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation.

Located in the aptly-named Vendue building –French for ‘sold’– the museum is rightly described as a Bahamian national treasure, an important symbol of how the island nation was established. The building dates to the middle of the 18th century and served as a market place where commodities, human beings included, were auctioned and sold. In short, it’s a facility through which most of the islanders’ ancestors passed.


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The Spectre of Comparison - Philippines Pavilion, 2017 #VeniceBiennale

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James Joyce slept here. At Ljubljana’s train station. Once. For one night. And he got this monument to memorialize the chilly October evening in 1904 he spent in the Slovenian capital. I’ve slept in lots of places –train stations, too– and have yet to receive a plaque. :)

Happy #Bloomsday everybody. I'm off to try to read Ulysses again.


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This is the Ali-Pasha Mosque in Sarajevo, one still of 3,606 images that make up this series of 17 time lapse scenes I shot in Sarajevo six years ago. It’s a fun bit of video with a great soundtrack which I like to reshare on occasion so if you haven’t seen it yet, it’ll make my day if you’d take a couple minutes to check it out. Thanks!


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Among the finest getaways that large urban centers offer to their residents and visitors are its botanical gardens. They’re informative, enlightening, colorful and relaxing. In tropical climes, they’re also necessary, required escapes from the city’s heat and humidity. Like the Jardín Botánico de Medellín, or Botanical Garden of Medellin, a 14-hectare expanse north of the city center.

It’s not large by any means, but it packs a punch into those 35 acres. It’s home to more than one thousand species and 4,500 flowers, and known regionally for an important orchid collection housed in a 65-foot high wooden mesh-like structure dubbed the Orchideorama, which itself plays host to the occasional film, lecture or yoga jam session.

There’s a pond, cactus garden and butterfly house, too, and the home to one the best coffees I’ve ever had at botanical garden. That’s saying something, because I’ve been to quite a few.



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Four female generations of a family watch and make noise during an anti-government demonstration in the Ecuadorian capital two year ago.

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