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Seeds and legumes shop in the Terai

Tikapur, Nepal 2019
Tikapur, Nepal 2019
Tikapur, Nepal 2019
Tikapur, Nepal 2019
Tikapur, Nepal 2019

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Candle lights

“The street looks really nice with all these candle lights”, I said.
“The atmosphere suddenly changed as soon as the sun set”, she said. “Just before sunset there were all these people walking quickly towards Boudhanath, to start walking around it and recite their prayers. They all see a bit in a rush. Now that is dark, they are quietly walking in the narrow streets near the pagoda where they stop to light these candles.”

Kathmandu 2019
Kathmandu 2019
Kathmandu 2019
Kathmandu 2019

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And now Kathmandu

I was back in Kathmandu last April. I had not been back for many years. I lived there of a year in 1999-2000 when I started working in international development in food-for-work project funded by the German agency for international cooperation (GTZ at that time). This is why Nepal and Kathmandu are special places for me. The first night I was back, I went for a walk to Thamel to take some street photos. I stayed in Nepal for three weeks for work and will post over the next week or so some of the images I took.

Street vendor, Kathmandu 2019
Corner shop, Kathmandu 2019
Street life, Kathmandu 2019
Thank you, Kathmandu 2019
Shop, Kathmandu 2019

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Onnea Rovaniemi / Happy Birthday Rovaniemi

On our way back from Lapland we had a stopover in Rovaniemi. We had enough time to visit the Arktikum, the science centre and museum about northern nature and culture. In one of the side rooms the museum has a photo exhibition about the 60 years of the city of Rovaniemi. It is a very simple display. One TV screen shows a slideshow of black and white photos about the 60 years of the city. I sat and started to watch it. I took my camera and started to take photos of the photos I was seeing. They are very nice images of everyday life, people and their jobs, sport, music, concerts. A great set of images about the city and its citizens.

You can see the images below. The images are straight out of the camera. The only edit has been the change of format from RAW into JPG. I have not cropped any image nor changed resolution or contrast.

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And now Stockholm

The train was riding smoothly. Not too full. Only few people standing. It was difficult to tell the age of the man sitting few rows from me. he was probably younger than he looked. Scrappy beard. Worn out baseball hat. Oversize jeans. Old jacket. Metal rings to his hands. A bottle of beer half full in his right hand.

The was talking aloud but not anyone in particular. The other passengers let him speak. At one point he put the bottle between his feet and kicked it. The beer started to flow on the floor of the carriage. Passengers lifted their feet and took their bags. He began to speak with a loud voice. Getting angrier. The people next to him stood up and moved away which made him apparently angrier. He pointed his hands towards some of the other passengers and shouted things I could not understand.

All the seats next to him were empty now. Only one person remained sitting. A young girl. Who had taken the earplugs off and began to talk talk to him. He first shouted to her btu stopped almost immediately looking almost surprised that a young teenager would not be scared by his behaviour and anger fit. She spoke with a soft tone. No judgment. No anger. The train stopped. Two security guards appeared and took the man out from the train. He did no resist them. Before leaving the carriage he gave a last look at the young girl who was still sitting alone and was putting the earplugs back on.

Stockholm, Sweden 2019
Stockholm, Sweden 2019
Stockholm, Sweden 2019
Stockholm, Sweden 2019

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Delay

The announcement was clear. The train from Milan that we had to catch was travelling with 55 min delay. Instead of 21:15, we would (maybe) leave by after 22:00. We were in Mantova. We had come from Ferrara and had been travelling for three days. We had walked a lot. Visited great cities. All we wanted was to get home. We had to kill time at an empty station where everything but the toilets was closed.

I started to think about the commuters to/from Milan who have to take this train everyday. Getting back home by 21:15 or 22:00 is really different, especially when you have to get on the train the following morning by 07:00. The kids are probably already sleeping when you get home and may be still asleep when you get up to get to the station in the morning. Then the frustration of the train being late every single day.

I walk to the toilet. A young woman with the cleaning cart is on the platform next to them and is chatting with a staff of the railways. There is no paper. I come out and ask her about paper. She says that the paper is finished. I see some paper on her cart and ask her if I can take it. She says she cannot give it to me as those are the last ones and the company that hires her has no money to buy more. She says that her salary has not been paid for for four months and adds that the railways have not been paying her company for the cleaning services they provide. The chap she is talking to nods as is he was to say: this is how things are in his country.

The speaker announces the arrival of the delayed train on track 4. We get there. The train slowly approaches the platform looking tired of being constantly late. The doors open after bip: bip, bip, bip. The commuters hurry off on their way to their homes knowing that tomorrow it will probably be the same.

Mantova, Italy 2019
Mantova, Italy 2019
Mantova, Italy 2019
Mantova, Italy 2019
Mantova, Italy 2019
Ferrara, Italy 2019

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Faith

The Pontifical Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica in Padova, dedicated to St. Anthony. Although the Basilica is visited as a place of pilgrimage by people from all over the world, it is not the titular cathedral of the city, a title belonging to the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Mary of Padua. The basilica is known locally as “il Santo”. It is one of the eight international shrines recognized by the Holy See. Construction of the Basilica probably began around 1232, just one year after the death of St. Anthony. It was completed in 1310 although several structural modifications (including the falling of the ambulatory and the construction of a new choir screen) took place between the end of the 14th and the mid-15th century. The Saint, according to his will, had been buried in the small church of Santa Maria Mater Domini, probably dating from the late 12th century and near which a convent was founded by him in 1229. This church was incorporated into the present basilica as the Cappella della Madonna Mora (Chapel of the Dark Madonna). Sant’Antonio is a giant edifice without a precise architectural style. Over the centuries, it has grown under a variety of different influences as shown by the exterior details. (Wikipedia)

San Antonio da Padova, Padova, Italy 2019.
Pilgrims, Padova, Italy 2019.
Ex voto, Padova, Italy 2019.
Ex voto, Padova, Italy 2019.

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Food and wine

Wine bar, Bologna 2019
Wine selection, Bologna 2019
Bakery, Bologna 2019
Aperitivo, Bologna 2019
Parmigiano Reggiano, Bologna 2019

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Graffiti in the streets of Bologna

No more wars, Bologna 2019
Believe, Bologna 2019
Fight with poetry, Bologna 2019
Murales, Bologna 2019
Ciao Lucio, Bologna 2019
Enough, Bologna 2019

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University of Bologna

The University of Bologna is a research university in Bologna. Founded in 1088 by an organised guild of students (hence studiorum), it is the oldest university in the world, as well as one of the leading academic institutions in Italy and Europe. It is one of the most prestigious Italian universities, commonly ranking in the first places of national rankings.

It was the first place of study to use the term universitas for the corporations of students and masters, which came to define the institution (especially its famous law school) located in Bologna. The university’s emblem carries the motto Alma mater studiorum (“nourishing mother of studies”) and the date A.D. 1088, and it has about 86,500 students in its 11 schools.

University Library, Bologna 2019
Ads, Bologna 2019
Have they texted?, Bologna 2019
Gramsci, Bologna 2019

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Now in Bologna

Bologna is the capital and largest city of the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy. It is the seventh most populous city in Italy, at the heart of a metropolitan area of about one million people.

Of Etruscan origin, the city has been a major urban centre for centuries, first under the Etruscans, then under the Romans (Bononia), then again in the Middle Ages, as a free municipality and signoria, when it was among the largest European cities by population. Famous for its towers, churches and lengthy porticoes, Bologna has a well-preserved historical centre, thanks to a careful restoration and conservation policy which began at the end of the 1970s. Home to the oldest university in the world, the University of Bologna, established in AD 1088, the city has a large student population that gives it a cosmopolitan character. In 2000 it was declared European capital of culture and in 2006, a UNESCO “City of Music” and became part of the Creative Cities Network.

Wait a minute, Bologna 2019
Through the piazza, Bologna 2019
Midday walk, Bologna 2019

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Streets of Ferrara

Piazza, Ferrara 2019
Rotonda Foschini, Ferrara 2019
Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara 2019
Old town, Ferrara 2019
Old town, Ferrara 2019

Let’s go to Ferrara

Ferrara is a city in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy. As of 2016 it had 132,009 inhabitants. The town has broad streets and numerous palaces dating from the Renaissance, when it hosted the court of the House of Este. For its beauty and cultural importance, it has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. (Wikipedia)

Railway station, Ferrara 2019
Downtown, Ferrara 2019
Old town, Ferrara 2019
Via Spilimbecco, Ferrara 2019
Rotonda Foschini, Ferrara 2019

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