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Home: You can’t go there

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Tripoli, Libya 1961 A street in the souk. A sign lettered in Arabic and Italian juts from a doorway on the right. It says ‘scrivano’ or scribe. Italians were a colonial power in Italy but after Ghaddafi took over, they … Continue reading

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The Arab Street Redux

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Tripoli, Libya 1960 A boy buys bread on the streets of Tripoli. The vendor picks the bread up with a skewer while holding a newspaper in his left hand. He will wrap the young man’s purchase in the newspaper. The fellow on the left seems … Continue reading

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Vintage Libya

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Tripoli, Libya 1961 I met my husband when we were in the Air Force. He was in the Medical Corps and I was in the Nurse Corps. He was on his way to Tripoli, Libya and I was on my … Continue reading

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Glory of the Past

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Syria 2010 The main thoroughfare of the ancient city of Apamea. Notice the huge stones with which the street is paved. Those stones were the paving material for the famed Roman roads. These priceless ruins are being vandalized under cover … Continue reading

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Under the Banyan Tree

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Gujarat, India 2009 The Garacia are low on the caste list, low even for what were formerly called “untouchables” but are now called “dalits“. The Garacia are primarily nomadic but this woman appears to be a farmer. Her colorful dress consists of a … Continue reading

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Chorten

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Ladakh, India We climbed up steep steps to the top of the monastery. I could see the red cloths fluttering in the wind and the chorten’s golden spire gleaming. In the back were the Himalayas hunkering down on the horizon, … Continue reading

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The Chapati Maker

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 Gujarat, India 2009 A Rabari matron rolls out and bakes chapatis. You can see a stack of them to her right. A chapatti is similar to a flour tortilla and it is used as a utensil to scoop up the … Continue reading

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Supplication

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Zhana Monastery 2007 Two Tibetan women prostrate themselves repeatedly as they slowly circle the monastery. Perhaps they are praying for something to happen, perhaps they are thanking the deity for something that did happen or perhaps they are doing penance for … Continue reading

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Tea with the Berbers

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Morocco 1998 When ever a guest arrives, a Moroccan will immediately make tea. If the guests are men, a man will do the honors as this man is doing. If the guests are women or family, the woman of the … Continue reading

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Registan Square

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Samarkand, Uzbekistan 2012 Sher Dor Madrassa, built in the 17th century. The tigers are unique for an Islamic structure as Islam forbids depicting living things in art. The two round towers on each side of the entrance are minarets. They’ve … Continue reading

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