Wordless Wednesday: I Can’t Hear You

Street Musicians

Location: Li├Ęge, Belgium

June 12, 2017 at 6:26 pm 2 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Order

Stockholm, Sweden

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Whenever I travel, I make it a point to visit the neighborhood market away from the usual tourist spots. It offers a glimpse of local life and the people living in it.

Above is a picture that I took in Stockholm, Sweden. I marveled at the care and attention that the vendor was giving to his offerings, arranging them in a neat and orderly manner, making them more attractive to prospective buyers.

In a way, it could sum up my impressions of Sweden after visiting it for the first time last summer. The people are well-dressed, polite, modest, and law-abiding with a high sense of order and organization. While they’re open-minded, they also value their privacy and keep to themselves especially in the presence of strangers. As a borderline introvert, these are traits that I find endearing and feel comfortable with. Trust me, I’m going back to this beautiful country again.

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June 9, 2017 at 4:19 pm 4 comments

The Ancestral Home

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 9 June 2017

Sarah Potter

Photo Credit: Sarah Potter

The civil war was finally over. Although pockets of resistance remained, the residents were allowed to return to the village.

Aissa and her widowed mother were excited to see the ancestral home again where happy memories took root. A pair of squawking birds flew over as she opened the door. Aissa looked around and saw wild vines creeping through broken windows. After years of neglect, she found it was still salvageable with most of the damage concentrated in the kitchen area.

“Mama,” Aissa said. “We’re home. Let’s pray to Allah that the rest of the family find their way back.”

June 7, 2017 at 2:57 pm 35 comments

Wordless Wednesday: Remembering the Ravens

Tower of London

Location: Tower of London, England, U.K.

June 5, 2017 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Weekly Photo Challenge: Friend

Two Women in the Park

Location: Plaza Grande, Quito, Ecuador
Although I like taking pictures, I don’t think I’ll pass as a paparazzi. I find pointing the camera at people without their permission as intrusive. In my opinion, even people in public places are entitled to some kind of privacy.

I’m only human, though. Sometimes I have to make an exception.

While roaming around Quito, Ecuador, I saw these two elderly women sitting together in the park and enjoying each other’s company. I couldn’t resist taking their picture. They seemed to exemplify a friendship that has gotten better with age.

The scene made such an impression on me since I consider friendship the coolest thing in the world. As Emily Dickinson said:

To see her is a Picture —
To hear her is a Tune —
To know her an Intemperance
As innocent as June —
To know her not — Affliction —
To own her for a Friend
A warmth as near as if the Sun
Were shining in your Hand.

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June 2, 2017 at 9:33 am 4 comments

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