If there were ever two countries that are shrouded in mystery it would be these two. But other countries as well have their mysteries, stories, history, and much more. I introduce these two now because it’s been over a year since I started creating my Mirror Reflections series. It all began when I found two … More Mirror Reflections – Bhutan & Russia
Photo by Steve McCurry Life in Sri Lanka It is early in the morning, around 5:30 am, and the sun is about to rise. Though a cool pre-monsoon breeze is blowing, the sun will be beating down mercilessly by midday. The stilt fishermen of Kathaluwa have already assumed their lofty positions, balancing two metres above … More Mirror Reflections – Sri Lanka & Russia
Life in Uzbekistan From Roadside Reports To me, the best way to travel with such a state of mind is by hitchhiking. Over the past few years, I’ve been hitchhiking some 30.000 km across Europe, Africa and Asia. And during these many kilometers on the road, I have started to combine this with the work … More Mirror Reflections – Uzbekistan & Russia
This is a very special Mirror Reflections After 130 countries to visit my blog, China came to visit. Something honestly I wasn’t sure could even happen with how things are regulated there. Welcome to “Life in Russia” Life in China First day in China We left Raleigh this morning right before 8am, had a brief … More Mirror Reflections – China & Russia
Life in Nepal Lately I’ve really been thinking about whether or not I could live in Nepal. Rabindra and I have discussed this recently and it’s something that scares me a fair bit. He has mentioned that we could move to Nepal if we got sick of life here or after our prime years of … More Mirror Reflections – Nepal & Russia
Life in Myanmar Well I’ve been living in Yangon for close to 3 months now and it well and truly feels like home. I’ve made some fabulous friends already and have met lots of wonderful people. Many are here with NGO’s doing humanitarian type work, as the private sector is almost non-existant…at the moment. Many … More Mirror Reflections – Myanmar & Ukraine
Life in Kyrgyzstan A time for reflection Posted on October 26, 2013 My overseas placement and I have had a very interesting relationship. It’s been two and a half months and in that time, I’ve gone from hating everything to loving everything.. and back again many times, sometimes finding some footing in the middle. It’s an … More Mirror Reflections – Kyrgyzstan & Russia
Life in Mongolia The afternoon of the Eagle Festival we had the chance to learn about a sport I’d heard of, but never seen. Khaled Hosseini mentions it in The Kite Runner, and later in our trip, I read its name again in And the Mountains Echoed. It’s a popular sport in Central Asia (don’t … More Mirror Reflections – Mongolia & Russia
Life in Mauritius I’m sure it happens in other like-minded countries (which I won’t mention in case I upset Jean-Pierre from France!). But why am I charged more than a local? We’re not rich. What money we have, we worked hard for, and certainly didn’t make it by cheating people. Even … More Mirror Reflections – Mauritius & Russia
Life in Laos For centuries, Lao and Thai people have reported a strange natural phenomenon that takes place at a certain time each year. Near the night of the full moon, legend has it that the Naga (a sea serpent creature) comes near the surface in the Mekong river near Nong Khai and breathes balls … More Mirror Reflections – Laos & Russia
Life in Singapore The workshop was not just meant for newly relocated families but for anyone who was interested and keen to know more about this beautiful country. Even though I have already been here for over 17 months (that long already? 7 months short of two years!), I haven’t really interacted with the locals … More Mirror Reflections – Singapore & Russia
Life in Korea I am a 24 year old photojournalist teaching English for a year (I arrived on May 23rd) on the small island of Jindo, at South Korea’s southwestern-most tip. I am in a very rural area, so I work at seven public middle schools, as well as teaching the teachers themselves twice a … More Mirror Reflections – South Korea & Russia
Life in Iraq Well its been more than 6 months since I have landed here. So thought about sharing my experience for those of you who might be toying with the idea of coming to this place for $$$$. I work for a large Telco .i.e. Asiacell Iraq. I arrived here with my wife and an 18 months … More Mirror Reflections – Iraq & Russia (Former USSR)
Life in the “Maldives“ One of the Maldives best underwater videographer and photographer’s Shifaz “Shivaz” Mohamed reveals the secrets of the Maldives’ underwater world. He imparts his his experiences photographing the best dive sites in the country. Born on a dhoni, it seems that Shivaz’s destiny as a ‘water baby’ was mapped out … More Mirror Reflections – Maldives & Russia
Life in Bangladesh My family have loved Bangladesh for over 6 years now. We first came to know of it when we became friends with a family who had been living here for well over 15 years at the time. They worked at an NGO project called LAMB which primarily gives health and medical … More Mirror Reflections – Bangladesh & Russia
What is family life like in Afghanistan? Answer: We have a very large family. I live with my parents, second mother, three brothers, two half sisters, two half brothers, and my uncle’s family and his six kids and a wife. My grandmother lives with us, too. So, we have 18 people in our home. And … More Mirror Reflections – Afghanistan & Russia
In Taiwan Xitou is located in the Phoenix hill of Lugu village, and is embraced by mountains from three sides. Its name is derived from the Chinese meaning: the origin of the river (Beishi River). Xitou has plenty of rains, and is cool and moist all the year round. Therefore, it is one of the … More Mirror Reflections – Taiwan & Russia
In the Philippines Fantasy World Philippines is a family entertainment facility, theme amusement and recreation club park. It is located on top of the soft rolling mountain ridge overlooking the clear panoramic views of Taal Lake and Volcano. After its completion, facilities will consist of golf & country club, hotel, condotels and residential houses. The … More Mirror Reflections – Philippines & Russia
Vietnamese life is profoundly influenced by ancestor worship. Children learn at a very early age that they owe everything to their parents and their ancestors. Doing well in school and working hard honours one’s parents and the family name. Respect for parents and ancestors is extended to all elders, whose life experiences are valued. Marriage … More Mirror Reflections – Vietnam & Russia
Watching Chungking Express now is like time travel. Kai Tak airport, certain bars and restaurants, even corridors and escalators exist now only in the memories of those who once used them. Make a movie in Hong Kong, and it’s like making it in someone’s hometown. Imagine a small town of, say, 35,000 people, with only … More Mirror Reflections – Hong Kong & Russia
The Sun rises and sets Both extraordinarily beautiful structures the Taj Mahal and Leaning Suyumbike Tower were built for the love of a woman One took 22 years to build the other on 7 days One wanted to conquer love the other preserve it both uniquely beautiful Something to reflect on.
Beautiful, calm, peaceful 美しい, 落ち着か, 静穏 surrounded by health, enthusiasm and energy 元気 Crazy, interesting, surprising шальной, занятный, удивительный Beautiful красивый Both are very different in many ways yet so similar, something to reflect on.
This picture was taken in Northern Pakistan (not my own) Amazing how similar these two places are. Though you’ve seen this picture before, isn’t it amazing how the landscapes can mirror one another
Stolbchaty Cape Basalt Columns, Kunashir Island, Kurilsky, Zapovednik, Russia This was unexpected, finding that both Russia and the US have very similar formation like this. Mirror reflections of one another, beautiful.