Tag Archive for ‘beautiful’

The Birds of Istanbul~

The Birds of Istanbul~

Upon first arriving in Istanbul, you are overwhelmed with the sheer amount of visual stimuli and with the unusual that makes the city what it is. Magnificent architecture, unique sounds and smells of its exotic cuisine and spices, the water ways surrounding it, and mostly the birds.

The seagulls and pigeons are everywhere, flying, fishing, communicating loudly and making themselves the stars of the show.

The birds complete the final touches on the spectacular canvas that is the city of Istanbul.

Yearning for my Country~

The lightness of the human spirit~

That part of us that is not bound by time, not weighed down by worry and that is destined for a longer ongoing journey…

Day 70 of 365~

Somewhere in Germany

Wales ~ sprinkled with bits of magic

color lives here

color lives here

how to think

how to think

peace starts from within

peace starts from within

in love with life

in love with life

a world of color

a world of color

Quirky, friendly, magical, puzzling, odd, beautiful, colorful, breathtaking, inspiring, legendary, mystical, smiling faces, enchanting grasslands, buzzing bees, fluttering butterflies, overpowering cliffs over deep ocean waters, reflective beaches

tree in the sky

tree in the sky

… Wales, a land that filled me with awe.

the color of rain~ China

the color of rain-10 the color of rain-5 the color of rain the color of rain-7 the color of rain-6 the color of rain-4 the color of rain-3 the color of rain-2

With rain in China comes color, like fireworks on New Year’s, the umbrellas adorn the streets like confetti, I wait for the rain…

Love you~

I love you

I love you

أحبك “I love you”

Reem is 9 years old. She is a Syrian refugee living in a camp in North Lebanon. I learned today that she lost both her parents in the recent conflicts. The only message written on her hand is : I love you

 

from the heart~ Yunnan

from the heart~ yunnan~ China

from the heart~ yunnan~ China

A woman from the Yi ethnic minority with her traditional square hat laughing with all her heart at the market after my friend showed her her image on the camera screen.

displaced destinies

displaced destinies (a child at a migrant school in Shanghai)

displaced destinies (a child at a migrant school in Shanghai)

Today two good friends and I went for an adventure in a remote Shanghai neighborhood where mostly migrant workers from the provinces live and where their children go to special schools. These are the workers responsible for lifting Shanghai from the ground up to soaring levels with its new high rises and luxury hotels that mushroom at an impressive speed around the jewel of China. The residences are extremely modest and the children struggle to learn as best they can under their current circumstances. On this day the teacher said that they would be celebrating children’s day (normally on June 2nd in China) and strangely enough they pointed out a few of the girls who they consider ‘beautiful’ and explained why they were dressed in party clothes and not the usual school uniform. The declaration of their beauty was done openly in front of all the other students, a concept I found incredibly alien and difficult to understand. “She is the most beautiful girl in the class” the teacher announced loudly, ” and this is why she will be presented on stage today”.

Day 27~ December 27th~ Guilin

The beautiful yao

The beautiful yao~ on the Longji ricefields

The Yao, one of the 54 recognized ethnic minorities in China, number over 2 million and retain today many of their original traditions. Bright colors and silver adorn them and mountains are their preferred settling places. They form part of the colorful mosaic that China is.

Day10~ December 10th~ Guilin

asia the beautiful

asia the beautiful

On this amazing planet of variety, there are dark ones, light ones, short ones, tall ones, massive ones, fragile ones and there are the very delicate ones that live in Asia. The unique trends of each race make them so beautiful to discover and appreciate. Whatever created humans is most definitely not boring!

 

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