I’m in the midst of a series of posts that will (hopefully) debunk any myths about travelling to Romania. Sidenote:- if you have a question you would like the answer to, leave a comment here, find me on facebook, send me an email, or tweet me. As a bit of a breather from all things Romania, though, here is the next installment of Cultural Reading.
You might notice that there is a heavy emphasis on visual articles this time around, and that is fully intentional. Sometimes, you know, you just want to look at pictures rather than reading block after block of text. A little treat from me, you could say
Photographer Brian Driscoll has created a series of photographs depicting the men and women who have suffered during the recent uprising and protests in Egypt. The project aims to provide viewers with an understanding of the daily treatment and strife the subjects have to endure.
Pierre Yves-Babelon captures daily life and happenings that take place along the train line that connects Fianarantsoa to the East Coast of Madagascar. The beautiful black and white images give a snapshot insight into the lives of these people who consider the line hugely important.
NYC based photographer Brian Sokol asked numerous people who had made the brave decision to abandon their homes and seek refuge elsewhere what one item they couldn’t leave behind. The result? A series of photographs depicting a variety of cultures which offer an insight into what certain communities place importance on.
There has been much argument over the years about the effect of tourism on heritage, and this article highlights the often tumultuous relationship between the two, using Yangon in China as a case study.
This selection of 40 world maps visualise a whole range of statistics, from water risk around the world (like the map above), to places with the most MacDonald’s. Trust me, you’ll be looking at this list for a long time – fascinating stuff!
Elsewhere on the internet
I also published a blog on the Huffington Post recently. In case you haven’t seen it, you can find it here. It talks about how the brain affects our memory of travel. Fun stuff, eh!
More Cultural Reading
- Stereotypes, Romanian Orphanages, and Documentaries
- Medicine, Rock Paintings, and Colonial Influences