Posts Tagged ‘food’

Weekend spontaneity

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

We went to Marseille! (I just had to blurt it out!) Spurred greatly by Emma’s enthusiasm to take a weekend trip somewhere outside of Lyon (no offense intended to our great French city), we all headed south for 48 hours of delicious warm Mediterranean air. The venture was a great success. Marseille is a beautiful seaside city, and the weather could not have been better. We all abandoned our jackets at some point (as well as most of our remaining layers), and the two Alaskans in our party probably risked a bit of sunburn. (OK, perhaps the Minnesotan did as well.)

Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)

Photo taken in Marseille, France on November 13, 2010.

We ate as much delicious food as we could handle in such a short period of time, and we even stumbled upon a crêperie that would rival my favorite back in Lyon. (In fact, we ate there twice and devoured a collective eight crêpes in the span of 18 hours.) Thank you so much to Emma for kicking our slightly domestic butts into gear and getting us to Marseille!

Marseille, France (Nov 12, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 12, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 12, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 12, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 13, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 14, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 14, 2010)
Marseille, France (Nov 14, 2010)

Photos taken in Marseille, France on November 12-14, 2010.

Boulangeries, pâtisseries, and new friends

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

I know I shouldn’t think about it, but I am already getting sad that in a few weeks, I’ll have to leave France and head back to Minnesota. I know that going back when I am (a bit earlier than Catie) is probably a good idea in the long run, as it will give me some time to focus in on nothing but computer programming and getting potential graduate school applications together, but I am going to miss Lyon. I haven’t been here long, and I know that my experience of the city and culture so far is probably minuscule relative to everything both have to offer, but it was enough to firmly plant a French bug inside of me. I love having the rivers Rhone and Saone so intimately (and quietly) a part of my daily life, and always being able to admire the Fourviere Basilica in the distance no matter where I am, and hardly ever walking thirty feet without tripping over another pâtisserie or boulangerie luring me in with their fresh pastries and baked bread. And on top of all that, I feel like Catie and I were just starting to get to know some new friends here, too.

Ah, the wanderer’s life… I will try not to lament the loss involved in my upcoming displacement, and focus instead on making the most of the time I have left here and getting excited about what is ahead. And maybe I will get another tartelette aux framboises to make myself feel better in the meantime. (Believe me, they are every bit as delicious as they look.)

Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)

Photos taken in Lyon, France on October 19, 2010.

Exploring the back-alley Chittagong markets

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Near the end of November on the day before the big sacrifice of Eid al-Adha Catie, Sarah, and I went out looking for cows that had been decorated for the holiday. Earlier while in a CNG we had seen – amongst many others – one that was absolutely covered with pink glitter and flowers, and Catie obviously needed to go back to see it again and take a picture. We wandered about the New Market area of Chittagong for a while, and although we didn’t come across many cows we did stumble upon a giant hidden labyrinth of back-alley markets filled with all sorts of fruit, vegetables, sugarcane, fabrics, clothes, spices, meat, and an unbelievable number of fish (both dead and alive). We were a little intimidated at first but it was a great part of the city and of course in true Bangladeshi fashion everyone was extremely nice and happy to have us come through.

Closer to the center of New Market I also saw the same blind man I had photographed and written about previously. He was in almost the exact same spot, wearing the same clothes, and had the same bag although it looked he had collected some new things as well. But when you look at the pictures side by side you can see that his appearance has changed considerably. His clothes look older and dirtier, and his beard is longer and his hair mussed up, but he’s also noticeably skinnier. The photos were taken just barely over a month apart; I wonder if he had more trouble getting things to eat in November. And I wonder what he looks like now, another month and a half after the last time I saw him.

Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 23, 2009)

Photo taken in Chittagong, Bangladesh on October 23, 2009.

Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 27, 2009)

Photo taken in Chittagong, Bangladesh on November 27, 2009.

As I’ve been photographing in Bangladesh I’ve been thinking about ways that I could give back to the people I’ve taken images from, and one of the most immediate ways I thought of was trying to find the people again and give them prints of their photos. I’m not sure whether people here would find much value in such a gift. Unfortunately I’m quite sure that this blind man on the street probably wouldn’t for obvious reasons. Perhaps if I could sell his image I could bring him back money from the sale, but who knows how far in the future that might be and if he’ll still be there then, or where that money would end up going after I gave it to him, and if it would be safe if it were a large sum. Perhaps I could give it to him in installments, or in the form of food. Maybe I could bring someone who spoke Bangla to explain myself to him…

I don’t know… I need to continue to give these things more thought. I just want to be sure that I am always giving back to the people that I am taking from.

Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 27, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 27, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 27, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 27, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 27, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 27, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 27, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 27, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 27, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 27, 2009)

Photos taken in Chittagong, Bangladesh on November 27, 2009.

Apartment updates

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

We’ve been busy the last few weeks “decorating” our apartment. It was feeling a little drab and hospitalish so we’ve been trying to think of ways to cosy the place up a bit. We bought a few buckets of paint for starters along with some lamps from the grocery store. The perpetual creative fountain that is Catie Miller also had the idea to make colored sconces for our bare wall light bulbs out of wire and paper mache. She finished her two before my one so she also made three beautiful cards to put on the wall. (And her reward was chocolate cake.)

In the meantime, the men in our building have been busily working away on the elevator. I opened our apartment door one day to find a shower of sparks flying into the hallway a few feet in front of me. Naturally, I grabbed my camera. Update: Apparently the elevator is finally finished as of just a few hours ago!

Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 3, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 3, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 4, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 5, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 5, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 5, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 5, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 15, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 15, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 5, 2009)

Photos taken in Chittagong, Bangladesh between October 3-16, 2009.

Out to eat

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Over the last few weeks we’ve gone out to eat a number of times at various places around Chittagong. This is partly due to the fact that we’re running out of ideas for what to make ourselves at home, and partly because restaurants here – even quite nice ones – are so cheap compared to what we’re used to in the USA.

Chittagong, Bangladesh (Sep 27, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 2, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 2, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 2, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 2, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 5, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Oct 5, 2009)

Photos taken in Chittagong, Bangladesh between September 27 – October 5, 2009.