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3/3: Documenting the Hamer tribe’s bull jumping ceremony in the Omo Valley. The young jumper finally starts the rite by which he will become a man, a ‘maza’ - ‘the accomplished one’. He will have to jump on the backs of about ten cows in a row, for four times. He will succeed if he completes jumping for at least three times out of four without falling. He is completely naked, symbolically and the only one with long hair; these at the features of the initiation, making the jumper immediately recognisable. The jumper did complete this tough initiation and become a maza. .
To be honest, I was really averse from actually posting this photo!
I’m completely against the suffering of animals, that’s why in my past few years of travelling, I never ride on top of horses, camels or elephants and strictly avoid any use of animals for human entertainment.
So when we came to see the bull jumping ceremony, I was really taken back by what I was seeing. It was a tough and uncomfortable place to be in for many reasons, especially when animals are involved in such a way.
However, I was witnessing something that has been happening here in the Omo Valley for centuries and I was simply here to document what I was seeing. .
This was our first day in the Omo Valley tour but it was also. Pivotal moment for David and I in terms of how we were going to partake in this tour. 
We wanted to dictate what we were going to see and how we were going to be involved in this tour of meeting and interacting with these tribes.
Most tourists come here to take take quick photos, spend five minutes and leave. From this Hamer bull jumping experience, we decided that for next 4 days of the tour, our journey and interaction with these ancient tribes was going to be completely different!
We were not going to do anything that would compromise morals and values. You as a traveller, have a choice and every choice you make impacts the people you meet and places you go to! Always be conscious of that! @exploreo_omovalley_tour .
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#bulljumpingceremony #Omovalley #Omo #omotribe #Tribe #triballife #hamer #hamar #africaportrait #african
3/3: Documenting the Hamer tribe’s bull jumping ceremony in the Omo Valley. The young jumper finally starts the rite by which he will become a man, a ‘maza’ - ‘the accomplished one’. He will have to jump on the backs of about ten cows in a row, for four times. He will succeed if he completes jumping for at least three times out of four without falling. He is completely naked, symbolically and the only one with long hair; these at the features of the initiation, making the jumper immediately recognisable. The jumper did complete this tough initiation and become a maza. . To be honest, I was really averse from actually posting this photo! I’m completely against the suffering of animals, that’s why in my past few years of travelling, I never ride on top of horses, camels or elephants and strictly avoid any use of animals for human entertainment. So when we came to see the bull jumping ceremony, I was really taken back by what I was seeing. It was a tough and uncomfortable place to be in for many reasons, especially when animals are involved in such a way. However, I was witnessing something that has been happening here in the Omo Valley for centuries and I was simply here to document what I was seeing. . This was our first day in the Omo Valley tour but it was also. Pivotal moment for David and I in terms of how we were going to partake in this tour. We wanted to dictate what we were going to see and how we were going to be involved in this tour of meeting and interacting with these tribes. Most tourists come here to take take quick photos, spend five minutes and leave. From this Hamer bull jumping experience, we decided that for next 4 days of the tour, our journey and interaction with these ancient tribes was going to be completely different! We were not going to do anything that would compromise morals and values. You as a traveller, have a choice and every choice you make impacts the people you meet and places you go to! Always be conscious of that! @exploreo_omovalley_tour . . Have you faced any ethical challenges whilst travelling? . . . . . . . . . . . #bulljumpingceremony  #Omovalley  #Omo  #omotribe  #Tribe  #triballife  #hamer  #hamar  #africaportrait  #african 
2/3: The second part of the bull jumping ceremony was a confusing one. As there was so much going on at one time, there were the Hamer women getting whipped by the tribesmen in one corner and then in another there were more Hamer women doing a ceremonial dance and then there were the Hamer men gathering the bulls together in a line in preparation for the jump.
But in the corner, there was this young Hamer boy, he must have been 15 or 16 solemnly watching everything. I knew he had a part in the ceremony, as he was the only one with his face painted.
As the preparations got underway, you could tell that he was tense and visibly nervous...soon after all the Elders surrounded him and started initiating a ritual. To be honest this part was super confusing, as there was much going on and you weren’t really allowed to watch the ritual that the elders were performing on him. But from what I understood, this young boy was the bestman of the jumper and he would basically bless the jumper and wish him good luck. But I could also tell that this boy was thinking about how he would probably have to jump the bulls one day in order to get married and he will have to go through this whole process in the future to become a ‘maza’ an ‘accomplished one’.
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It was so interesting to watch an ancient tradition that has occurred here for thousands of years, however brutal it may be.
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What do you think of the Hamar bull jumping ceremony?
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#bulljumpingceremony #Omovalley #Omo #omotribe #Tribe #triballife #hamer #hamar #africaportrait #african
2/3: The second part of the bull jumping ceremony was a confusing one. As there was so much going on at one time, there were the Hamer women getting whipped by the tribesmen in one corner and then in another there were more Hamer women doing a ceremonial dance and then there were the Hamer men gathering the bulls together in a line in preparation for the jump. But in the corner, there was this young Hamer boy, he must have been 15 or 16 solemnly watching everything. I knew he had a part in the ceremony, as he was the only one with his face painted. As the preparations got underway, you could tell that he was tense and visibly nervous...soon after all the Elders surrounded him and started initiating a ritual. To be honest this part was super confusing, as there was much going on and you weren’t really allowed to watch the ritual that the elders were performing on him. But from what I understood, this young boy was the bestman of the jumper and he would basically bless the jumper and wish him good luck. But I could also tell that this boy was thinking about how he would probably have to jump the bulls one day in order to get married and he will have to go through this whole process in the future to become a ‘maza’ an ‘accomplished one’. . It was so interesting to watch an ancient tradition that has occurred here for thousands of years, however brutal it may be. . What do you think of the Hamar bull jumping ceremony? . . . . . . . . . . . . #bulljumpingceremony  #Omovalley  #Omo  #omotribe  #Tribe  #triballife  #hamer  #hamar  #africaportrait  #african 
1/3: We started our Ethiopian adventure by first visiting the Omo Valley. The Omo Valley is home to several ancient tribes whom have lived a tradition way for centuries. 
We first visited the Hamer Tribe with @exploreo_omovalley_tour & that’s when I came across this Hamer woman dressed in her traditional clothes made out of sheep skin, with bells attached at the bottom which makes a noise everytime she moves and adorned in beads and shells.
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Later that evening, we were lucky enough to attend the Hamar bull jumping ceremony. When a young man of the Hamar tribe comes of age, all his female relatives compete to show how much they love him by getting whipped. First they dance and sing around the bulls which have been brought in for jumping. Then periodically the dancing stops and the women present themselves in front of local tribesmen to get whipped by thin pieces of tree branch. The harder they are whipped and the less emotion the women show when getting whipped the more love they are demonstrating for the man. By the end of it the women’s backs and arms are covered in long, bleeding welts. Although it maybe extremely difficult to accept and watch from the outside, this practice does have a strong cultural meaning within the community. If the women are not married yet, they will prove that they’ll be able to endure everything in life. The married ones will increase their prestige of their family, giving support to the jumper. Hamer women are not afraid of pain, it is part of their lives: they are raised to become warrior’s wives. It’s the equivalent of war for men, and Hamer women are warriors. .
When you see the whipping, it’s  shocking and it’s easy to come to a conclusion and I’m sure early colonisers would have seen this and labelled them as ‘savages, violent and primitive’...but David and I spoke about this extensively. When you understand the context, you learn that it’s actually done out of love...the Hamar women show how much they love and care about the jumper and how they want him to be happy by getting married.
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Due to the graphic nature of this event, I didn’t post photos of the whipping. But please watch my InstaStory for those photos!
1/3: We started our Ethiopian adventure by first visiting the Omo Valley. The Omo Valley is home to several ancient tribes whom have lived a tradition way for centuries. We first visited the Hamer Tribe with @exploreo_omovalley_tour & that’s when I came across this Hamer woman dressed in her traditional clothes made out of sheep skin, with bells attached at the bottom which makes a noise everytime she moves and adorned in beads and shells. . Later that evening, we were lucky enough to attend the Hamar bull jumping ceremony. When a young man of the Hamar tribe comes of age, all his female relatives compete to show how much they love him by getting whipped. First they dance and sing around the bulls which have been brought in for jumping. Then periodically the dancing stops and the women present themselves in front of local tribesmen to get whipped by thin pieces of tree branch. The harder they are whipped and the less emotion the women show when getting whipped the more love they are demonstrating for the man. By the end of it the women’s backs and arms are covered in long, bleeding welts. Although it maybe extremely difficult to accept and watch from the outside, this practice does have a strong cultural meaning within the community. If the women are not married yet, they will prove that they’ll be able to endure everything in life. The married ones will increase their prestige of their family, giving support to the jumper. Hamer women are not afraid of pain, it is part of their lives: they are raised to become warrior’s wives. It’s the equivalent of war for men, and Hamer women are warriors. . When you see the whipping, it’s shocking and it’s easy to come to a conclusion and I’m sure early colonisers would have seen this and labelled them as ‘savages, violent and primitive’...but David and I spoke about this extensively. When you understand the context, you learn that it’s actually done out of love...the Hamar women show how much they love and care about the jumper and how they want him to be happy by getting married. . Due to the graphic nature of this event, I didn’t post photos of the whipping. But please watch my InstaStory for those photos!
Boy with Chaka.
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Before I went to Ethiopia, I was thinking about the type of photos that I was going to take.
Most of the time when I’m travelling, I don’t like to stage shots too much & I never look up ‘Instagram spots’, so I usually don’t know what I’ll come across and I just take photos of what I see.
But before this trip, I thought about taking alot of ‘Instagram-styled’ photos- you know the ones I’m talking about...standing in the foreground looking distantly in the sky in every photo. As these are the photos that typically do well on Instagram, even tho you would have seen this same photo hundred times in the same spot, with the same position, twirl, laugh, head tilt, exaggerated smile & laugh.
It almost seems like everyone wants to be ‘original’, but we automatically run to like the photos that we have already seen and creators out there, like to create photos that have already been created and claim that they’re still creative.
Don’t get me wrong, I love some of these Instagram styles photos as well, as I’ve taken some of them in the past and I took some in this trip aswell! As they do look awesome. I just wish Instagrammers take new and interesting photos in these ‘famous Instagram spots’.
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At times I feel like Instagram is getting to such an extreme now that it’s hard to be ‘original’ and it’s just becoming a vacuous space for creativity.
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So there’s no point chasing likes, as in the end your portfolio & art will stand the test of my time, when you know you’ve produced your most honest and best work possible.
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And especially in Ethiopia, I found what my true purpose was and that’s to tell honest stories about the people and lives I came across. .
I met this boy part of the Dassanech Tribe. I saw adults and children, carrying this yellow canister everywhere. I initially thought they were filled with water, but I found out that it was a drink called Chaka, made out of a plant called Sorgum. But the most interesting thing is that, the people here only drink Chaka, they don’t eat any solid foods & that’s enough to sustain them for the whole day! Which is insane..I had a taste of it and it was sour.
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What do you think about creativity on Instagram now?
Boy with Chaka. . Before I went to Ethiopia, I was thinking about the type of photos that I was going to take. Most of the time when I’m travelling, I don’t like to stage shots too much & I never look up ‘Instagram spots’, so I usually don’t know what I’ll come across and I just take photos of what I see. But before this trip, I thought about taking alot of ‘Instagram-styled’ photos- you know the ones I’m talking about...standing in the foreground looking distantly in the sky in every photo. As these are the photos that typically do well on Instagram, even tho you would have seen this same photo hundred times in the same spot, with the same position, twirl, laugh, head tilt, exaggerated smile & laugh. It almost seems like everyone wants to be ‘original’, but we automatically run to like the photos that we have already seen and creators out there, like to create photos that have already been created and claim that they’re still creative. Don’t get me wrong, I love some of these Instagram styles photos as well, as I’ve taken some of them in the past and I took some in this trip aswell! As they do look awesome. I just wish Instagrammers take new and interesting photos in these ‘famous Instagram spots’. . At times I feel like Instagram is getting to such an extreme now that it’s hard to be ‘original’ and it’s just becoming a vacuous space for creativity. . So there’s no point chasing likes, as in the end your portfolio & art will stand the test of my time, when you know you’ve produced your most honest and best work possible. . And especially in Ethiopia, I found what my true purpose was and that’s to tell honest stories about the people and lives I came across. . I met this boy part of the Dassanech Tribe. I saw adults and children, carrying this yellow canister everywhere. I initially thought they were filled with water, but I found out that it was a drink called Chaka, made out of a plant called Sorgum. But the most interesting thing is that, the people here only drink Chaka, they don’t eat any solid foods & that’s enough to sustain them for the whole day! Which is insane..I had a taste of it and it was sour. . What do you think about creativity on Instagram now?
Watch my current InstaStory to see what’s coming up this month! I’m excited!!! 🔥 .
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Let me declare it right here, right now!
Ethiopians are some of the most photogenic people I’ve come across. .
This country, was just insane for portrait photography. I learnt that from my first day in Ethiopia...way before I even visited the Omo Valley Tribes, who in my opinion are some of the most beautiful people I’ve seen. So I hope you look forward to those portraits in the future.
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And after my first few days itself, I knew that I’ll mainly be focusing on telling the stories of Ethiopian people on this trip. That’s why I was brought here, that was my purpose.
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I met this young girl on my way to the Omo Valley, she was so young and small, but she was carrying a huge bag full of sticks that probably outweighed her and underneath her ripped t-shirt that her father probably gave her, she also carried on her back utter resilience. Resilience and strength to live in this tough unfair world she was born into. To provide for her family from a young age, without questioning it for a second and knowing that she had to do her part in this unfair world.
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Do you realise how lucky you are to even have Instagram?
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#DiscoverAfrica #exploreAfrica  #thisisafrica #sheisnotlost #citizenfemme #speechlessplaces #Africaexploring #travelphotography #portraitphotography #dametraveler #africa_vacations #exploretheworld #iamtb #facesoftheearth
Watch my current InstaStory to see what’s coming up this month! I’m excited!!! 🔥 . . Let me declare it right here, right now! Ethiopians are some of the most photogenic people I’ve come across. . This country, was just insane for portrait photography. I learnt that from my first day in Ethiopia...way before I even visited the Omo Valley Tribes, who in my opinion are some of the most beautiful people I’ve seen. So I hope you look forward to those portraits in the future. . And after my first few days itself, I knew that I’ll mainly be focusing on telling the stories of Ethiopian people on this trip. That’s why I was brought here, that was my purpose. . I met this young girl on my way to the Omo Valley, she was so young and small, but she was carrying a huge bag full of sticks that probably outweighed her and underneath her ripped t-shirt that her father probably gave her, she also carried on her back utter resilience. Resilience and strength to live in this tough unfair world she was born into. To provide for her family from a young age, without questioning it for a second and knowing that she had to do her part in this unfair world. . Do you realise how lucky you are to even have Instagram? . . . . . . . . . . #DiscoverAfrica  #exploreAfrica  #thisisafrica  #sheisnotlost  #citizenfemme  #speechlessplaces  #Africaexploring  #travelphotography  #portraitphotography  #dametraveler  #africa_vacations  #exploretheworld  #iamtb  #facesoftheearth 
The journey to Ethiopia begins...
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Let’s start this series. A few weeks I backpacked around Ethiopia for almost a month.
Let me start of with telling you that travelling around this country, was unlike anywhere I’ve been before.
You might be thinking why did I decide to go to Ethiopia instead of any other country, possibly one you’ve heard of...it’s because I wanted to experience something that was completely different to anything I know.
I’ve travelled around Europe, Asia and South America and I was tired of th backpacker route, it all became too easy and I wanted to go somewhere utterly raw, untouched and filled with adventure!
That’s when I stumbled across Ethiopia and this country provided all of that for me and more.
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Ethiopia is the first proper African country and first predominantly Black Country I’ve been to (in my future posts I’ll explain why this is important).
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So join me over the next month, where I’ll be showing you this incredibly country and everything it has to offer and I guarantee you that by the end, you’ll definitely want to to travel to Ethiopia.
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So Ethiopians are one of the most photogenic people I’ve come across, therefore I revelled in portrait photography here.
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This is my first portrait: Meet Madamo.
We were driving to the Omo Valley region when we came across a Teff Terrace, as soon as Madamo saw us he ran down from top of the hill and proudly showed us one of the plants he was growing. It’s called Moringa, it’s a vegetable that everyone eats.
Madamo was striking, he looked like a warrior and he had these piercing dark eyes that almost seemed like he was looking through your soul. 
The people of Ethiopia are incredibly strong and prideful and Madamo is a clear example of that.
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Have any of you ever been to Ethiopia?!
The journey to Ethiopia begins... . Let’s start this series. A few weeks I backpacked around Ethiopia for almost a month. Let me start of with telling you that travelling around this country, was unlike anywhere I’ve been before. You might be thinking why did I decide to go to Ethiopia instead of any other country, possibly one you’ve heard of...it’s because I wanted to experience something that was completely different to anything I know. I’ve travelled around Europe, Asia and South America and I was tired of th backpacker route, it all became too easy and I wanted to go somewhere utterly raw, untouched and filled with adventure! That’s when I stumbled across Ethiopia and this country provided all of that for me and more. . Ethiopia is the first proper African country and first predominantly Black Country I’ve been to (in my future posts I’ll explain why this is important). . So join me over the next month, where I’ll be showing you this incredibly country and everything it has to offer and I guarantee you that by the end, you’ll definitely want to to travel to Ethiopia. . . . So Ethiopians are one of the most photogenic people I’ve come across, therefore I revelled in portrait photography here. . This is my first portrait: Meet Madamo. We were driving to the Omo Valley region when we came across a Teff Terrace, as soon as Madamo saw us he ran down from top of the hill and proudly showed us one of the plants he was growing. It’s called Moringa, it’s a vegetable that everyone eats. Madamo was striking, he looked like a warrior and he had these piercing dark eyes that almost seemed like he was looking through your soul. The people of Ethiopia are incredibly strong and prideful and Madamo is a clear example of that. . Have any of you ever been to Ethiopia?!
After spending a whole week with @philipp.ta & a few days with Silvina, I went to Guimaraes and back to Porto, but during the first few days after leaving my friends, I was just in a weird mood.
Not just the usual emotions that solo travellers face after being alone once again after spending time with great friends. But I did miss those guys a lot!
However, I had this overwhelming feeling in my heart...where I had the realisation of how lucky I was to be living this life.
I had an incredible time travelling through Portugal with two wonderful, kind, smart people that I had met on my past travels. Phillip, came to Portugal just so that he could travel with me, even though he had been to the country before. And Silvina, who hosted and made delicious Portuguese food for a complete stranger & showed me such kindness and warmth, when she didn't have to. 
I had multiple experiences like this with other travellers I had met before, who showed me the same kind of love.
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But in this trip it really hit me hard! It was such an overwhelming feeling, I felt like there was a deep pressure on my chest every time I thought about all the things I experienced on this trip.
And the main thought that was going through my mind was 'Why is this happening to me? Why am I so lucky to have these amazing experiences? Why are these people so kind to me'...and to be honest these thoughts were really had to accept because I felt completely undeserving of this love! 
I felt I didn't give them back enough of what they gave me.
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I remember lying down in a park in Porto, trying to process all of these emotions...and I'm still trying to process them.
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The only answer I found within me was that, I've been told this multiple times..I think my best quality is that I consciously make a strong effort to keep in touch with people I truly care about and make it known how much of an impact they've had on my life or how important they are to me, even if it was only a small encounter with someone or if I might never see them again. Maybe that's why I've been shown this kind of love.
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Have you experienced an overwhelming feeling?
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#Portugal #Porto #VisitPortugal #Backpacker #Backpacking #Storyteller
After spending a whole week with @philipp.ta & a few days with Silvina, I went to Guimaraes and back to Porto, but during the first few days after leaving my friends, I was just in a weird mood. Not just the usual emotions that solo travellers face after being alone once again after spending time with great friends. But I did miss those guys a lot! However, I had this overwhelming feeling in my heart...where I had the realisation of how lucky I was to be living this life. I had an incredible time travelling through Portugal with two wonderful, kind, smart people that I had met on my past travels. Phillip, came to Portugal just so that he could travel with me, even though he had been to the country before. And Silvina, who hosted and made delicious Portuguese food for a complete stranger & showed me such kindness and warmth, when she didn't have to. I had multiple experiences like this with other travellers I had met before, who showed me the same kind of love. . But in this trip it really hit me hard! It was such an overwhelming feeling, I felt like there was a deep pressure on my chest every time I thought about all the things I experienced on this trip. And the main thought that was going through my mind was 'Why is this happening to me? Why am I so lucky to have these amazing experiences? Why are these people so kind to me'...and to be honest these thoughts were really had to accept because I felt completely undeserving of this love! I felt I didn't give them back enough of what they gave me. . I remember lying down in a park in Porto, trying to process all of these emotions...and I'm still trying to process them. . The only answer I found within me was that, I've been told this multiple times..I think my best quality is that I consciously make a strong effort to keep in touch with people I truly care about and make it known how much of an impact they've had on my life or how important they are to me, even if it was only a small encounter with someone or if I might never see them again. Maybe that's why I've been shown this kind of love. . Have you experienced an overwhelming feeling? . . #Portugal  #Porto  #VisitPortugal  #Backpacker  #Backpacking  #Storyteller 
Do you believe that people come into your life for a reason?
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I do believe in this, as I've had numerous experiences where it seemed like more than a coincidence.
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I've had the true fortune of meeting amazing people whilst travelling and I make a strong conscious effort of keeping in touch with people I had a strong connection and whom I care about. .
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Saying that I want to introduce two awesome people whom came into my life!
First is Silvina, I met her when I was living in Copenhagen last summer. I went to a hostel in the weekend, just to meet some people and that's when I met Silvina and her 3 sisters who were taking a break from their life in Portugal.
They taught me so much about Portugal those few days I spent with them and I fell in love with Portuguese culture and music just from hearing them speak about it so passionately. They also had an inimitable bond between them, I had never seen siblings who were so different but still got along so well...they taught me so much about family.

Silvina kept profusely telling me to come and explore her beautiful country and she's one of the main reasons why I went to Portugal. And in Copenhagen I told her that I will see her again soon and exactly that happened...
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Second person is Philipp. I met him in April 2016 in my hostel, when I spent a few days in Madrid.
We instantly got along well...from meeting him straight away, I had a sense that he was like a younger brother to me! Our views on life were very similar and valued a lot of the same factors!
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So I actually travelled with two almost complete strangers (technically), I had only seen them both for a few days before in a different country and now I was travelling around Portugal with 2 friends who I had met on the road and who didn't know each other. I seriously couldn't believe that we were all together again...it felt crazy!
This is the awesome thing about travelling, you don't need to know someone for long to build a deep connection. These guys truly made this Portugal trip great and I cannot wait to see them again. Love you guys!
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Do you think people come into your life for a reason?
Do you believe that people come into your life for a reason? . I do believe in this, as I've had numerous experiences where it seemed like more than a coincidence. . I've had the true fortune of meeting amazing people whilst travelling and I make a strong conscious effort of keeping in touch with people I had a strong connection and whom I care about. . . Saying that I want to introduce two awesome people whom came into my life! First is Silvina, I met her when I was living in Copenhagen last summer. I went to a hostel in the weekend, just to meet some people and that's when I met Silvina and her 3 sisters who were taking a break from their life in Portugal. They taught me so much about Portugal those few days I spent with them and I fell in love with Portuguese culture and music just from hearing them speak about it so passionately. They also had an inimitable bond between them, I had never seen siblings who were so different but still got along so well...they taught me so much about family. Silvina kept profusely telling me to come and explore her beautiful country and she's one of the main reasons why I went to Portugal. And in Copenhagen I told her that I will see her again soon and exactly that happened... . Second person is Philipp. I met him in April 2016 in my hostel, when I spent a few days in Madrid. We instantly got along well...from meeting him straight away, I had a sense that he was like a younger brother to me! Our views on life were very similar and valued a lot of the same factors! . So I actually travelled with two almost complete strangers (technically), I had only seen them both for a few days before in a different country and now I was travelling around Portugal with 2 friends who I had met on the road and who didn't know each other. I seriously couldn't believe that we were all together again...it felt crazy! This is the awesome thing about travelling, you don't need to know someone for long to build a deep connection. These guys truly made this Portugal trip great and I cannot wait to see them again. Love you guys! . Do you think people come into your life for a reason?
It's officially the last day of the year. 
I can't believe how quickly this year has gone by, it's actually crazy!
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Just over a year ago, I came back to London after quitting my job and travelling around South America. After slowly adjusting to the changes of being back home, I started a new career and luckily got to live and work in Copenhagen for 3 months over the summer. .
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Additionally, throughout the year I subsequently got to travel around the world  too, from starting 2017 in Mexico, to finally going to Cuba- a country I wanted to visit for years, to once again meeting great friends in Northern Portugal and finally getting the chance to spontaneously spend my birthday in Munich during Oktoberfest with some awesome friends. .
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It's been a good year in a lot of aspects, but it has also had it's fair amount of challenges. I truly learnt a lot about myself, especially when it came to some big risks I took this year...they taught me the most about myself. .
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But I think the thing I learnt the most is that I am truly lucky to be living this life and that I am really fortunate to have met some amazing people who have had a huge impact on me and that I should be more grateful for it, rather than letting the small things get to me, which I'm still battling through...
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I don't know how to completely feel now that this year has almost come to an end. It's a mix of happiness and a mix of feeling like I'm lost. And in some ways, I'm ending the year with a lot of questions and in need of some answers. .
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I have a lot of things I want to work on over the next year and can't wait to start that!! .
So let's see what 2018 holds for me...I'm excited cos' I know it's going to be completely different to my expectations. 
What are you looking forward to in 2018?
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Happy New Year guys!
It's officially the last day of the year. I can't believe how quickly this year has gone by, it's actually crazy! . Just over a year ago, I came back to London after quitting my job and travelling around South America. After slowly adjusting to the changes of being back home, I started a new career and luckily got to live and work in Copenhagen for 3 months over the summer. . . Additionally, throughout the year I subsequently got to travel around the world too, from starting 2017 in Mexico, to finally going to Cuba- a country I wanted to visit for years, to once again meeting great friends in Northern Portugal and finally getting the chance to spontaneously spend my birthday in Munich during Oktoberfest with some awesome friends. . . It's been a good year in a lot of aspects, but it has also had it's fair amount of challenges. I truly learnt a lot about myself, especially when it came to some big risks I took this year...they taught me the most about myself. . . But I think the thing I learnt the most is that I am truly lucky to be living this life and that I am really fortunate to have met some amazing people who have had a huge impact on me and that I should be more grateful for it, rather than letting the small things get to me, which I'm still battling through... . I don't know how to completely feel now that this year has almost come to an end. It's a mix of happiness and a mix of feeling like I'm lost. And in some ways, I'm ending the year with a lot of questions and in need of some answers. . . I have a lot of things I want to work on over the next year and can't wait to start that!! . So let's see what 2018 holds for me...I'm excited cos' I know it's going to be completely different to my expectations. What are you looking forward to in 2018? . . Happy New Year guys!
Ripples and waves through lush valleys, gush onto open winding roads.
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The Douro Valley was nothing short of utter beauty, it was everything I expected it to be and more.
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I don't know why but I absolutely love the colour green and green landscapes, it makes me feel so calm and peaceful and that's exactly what I was seeking when I was in the midst of these wine valleys.
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Have I convinced you yet to visit Northern Portugal?
Ripples and waves through lush valleys, gush onto open winding roads. . The Douro Valley was nothing short of utter beauty, it was everything I expected it to be and more. . I don't know why but I absolutely love the colour green and green landscapes, it makes me feel so calm and peaceful and that's exactly what I was seeking when I was in the midst of these wine valleys. . Have I convinced you yet to visit Northern Portugal?
Carrying on finally with my Portugal series...
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After leaving Porto, @philipp.ta and I went to the town of Braga, there my friend Silvina who I met in Copenhagen couple of months ago, when I lived in the city- picked us up and took us to her town of Vila Real, which was situated in the Douro Valley.
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This day was just filled with spontaneity and utter fun.
Silvina picked us up and first took us to her mums house to cook us some food, then we went to Vila Real, bought some wine and headed to the Douro Valley to watch the sunset over these incredible wine producing valleys. Silvina worked in the wine region, so she knew the exact spot to take us.
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I had seen photos of the Douro Valley before, but it was even more beautiful when I saw it in real life.
So we sat there drinking the some amazing wine and smoking a cigar that I brought back from Cuba and I was hanging out with three people who I had just met on my travels. These guys were technically strangers to me...and that was the craziest part cos' I met all of them on separate trips, but we still came together and were able to enjoy this moment together. This is the beauty of travelling. You're never alone and make incredible connections anywhere.
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This was one of my absolute favourite days in a long time!
I miss it...
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Carrying on finally with my Portugal series... . After leaving Porto, @philipp.ta and I went to the town of Braga, there my friend Silvina who I met in Copenhagen couple of months ago, when I lived in the city- picked us up and took us to her town of Vila Real, which was situated in the Douro Valley. . This day was just filled with spontaneity and utter fun. Silvina picked us up and first took us to her mums house to cook us some food, then we went to Vila Real, bought some wine and headed to the Douro Valley to watch the sunset over these incredible wine producing valleys. Silvina worked in the wine region, so she knew the exact spot to take us. . I had seen photos of the Douro Valley before, but it was even more beautiful when I saw it in real life. So we sat there drinking the some amazing wine and smoking a cigar that I brought back from Cuba and I was hanging out with three people who I had just met on my travels. These guys were technically strangers to me...and that was the craziest part cos' I met all of them on separate trips, but we still came together and were able to enjoy this moment together. This is the beauty of travelling. You're never alone and make incredible connections anywhere. . This was one of my absolute favourite days in a long time! I miss it... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #portugalframes  #portugalcomefeitos  #portugalemperspectiva  #super_portugal  #super_porto  #visitporto  #wonderlustportugal  #topportugalphoto  #topportophoto  #topeuropephoto  #visitporto  #visualgang  #exploreeverything  #alphahype  #exploremore  #nomad  #goldenhour  #traveller  #backpack  #travelphotography  #goldenhour  #portugallovers  #igersportugal  #instapassport  #storyteller  #valley 
What you do vs what you want to do?
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Yesterday, I went to a great exhibition where @jackharries and @aliceaedy exhibited their photography work on the current refugee crisis. Then had a 2 hour talk about the crisis, how photography can highlight these problems to the world, how climate change is going to contribute to this situation and how we can all make a difference. The event was super inspiring. I was in awe as I listened to the panel consisting of photographers, filmmakers, refugees and social activists all coming together to make a change in this world of ours. Have a look at @helprefugeesuk to get involved and learn more.
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As I was listening, all I could think about was how I would love to create photos that will highlight some of the problems we face and try to somehow bring about an effective change and have a positive impact on this world, through my work!
And I could tell that this is truly what I wanted to do...I've thinking about getting into photojournalism for a long time now. Because I want to tell stories about people from around the world.
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It physically hurts me deep inside, that I am not currently doing this and that I am not part of this amazing medium. Especially because I want it so bad!
This is all I think about, cos' I truly want to make the world a better place somehow and if I can do that through combining something I'm passionate about like photography and film-making, then I know I should be chasing that dream.
Rather than just working for the sake of working. 
Therefore, from today I will be taking effective steps to make this dream come true!
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Thank you for listening.
What you do vs what you want to do? . Yesterday, I went to a great exhibition where @jackharries and @aliceaedy exhibited their photography work on the current refugee crisis. Then had a 2 hour talk about the crisis, how photography can highlight these problems to the world, how climate change is going to contribute to this situation and how we can all make a difference. The event was super inspiring. I was in awe as I listened to the panel consisting of photographers, filmmakers, refugees and social activists all coming together to make a change in this world of ours. Have a look at @helprefugeesuk to get involved and learn more. . As I was listening, all I could think about was how I would love to create photos that will highlight some of the problems we face and try to somehow bring about an effective change and have a positive impact on this world, through my work! And I could tell that this is truly what I wanted to do...I've thinking about getting into photojournalism for a long time now. Because I want to tell stories about people from around the world. . It physically hurts me deep inside, that I am not currently doing this and that I am not part of this amazing medium. Especially because I want it so bad! This is all I think about, cos' I truly want to make the world a better place somehow and if I can do that through combining something I'm passionate about like photography and film-making, then I know I should be chasing that dream. Rather than just working for the sake of working. Therefore, from today I will be taking effective steps to make this dream come true! . Thank you for listening.
Sorry for lack of photos lately guys, I've been so busy with work and busy with life and busy with everything else, that I've been too busy to even be busy! Busy?
Ahh shut up, Kish!!
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To be honest, work and life has been pretty hectic lately and I got distracted. But that's not good enough of an excuse not to create, you just have to utilise your time efficiently I guess.
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I feel like these days we just throw around the word 'busy' nonchalantly. Just because you worked 9-5 and then you had to get the train home and then cook for yourself...that doesn't necessarily mean you were busy, that was just your normal day. I feel like we use the word 'busy' as an excuse to kind of be lazy and use this word as a shield to convince yourself and that's why you were not able to do the things that you know you should of been doing.
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So how about we throw away this word 'busy' and use it when it's truly necessary, when you literally have no time to do anything else.
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Rant over! More stories coming soon from Portugal, folks. 😉
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Sorry for lack of photos lately guys, I've been so busy with work and busy with life and busy with everything else, that I've been too busy to even be busy! Busy? Ahh shut up, Kish!! . To be honest, work and life has been pretty hectic lately and I got distracted. But that's not good enough of an excuse not to create, you just have to utilise your time efficiently I guess. . I feel like these days we just throw around the word 'busy' nonchalantly. Just because you worked 9-5 and then you had to get the train home and then cook for yourself...that doesn't necessarily mean you were busy, that was just your normal day. I feel like we use the word 'busy' as an excuse to kind of be lazy and use this word as a shield to convince yourself and that's why you were not able to do the things that you know you should of been doing. . So how about we throw away this word 'busy' and use it when it's truly necessary, when you literally have no time to do anything else. . Rant over! More stories coming soon from Portugal, folks. 😉 . . . . . . . . . . #igers_porto  #igersportugal  #igersopo  #igers_opo  #ig_travel  #travelgram  #igers_travel  #travel  #explore  #traveling  #wander  #natgeotravel  #viagem  #tourism  #visitportugal  #visitportoandnorth  #travelbloggers  #travelbug  #porto  #citybreak  #storyteller  #bestdestinations  #europeanbestdestination2017  #travelersnotebook  #portugal  #wanderlust  #travelblog  #traveller  #portugallovers 
First Part: Travelling while Brown.
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When I travel, I'm always the only brown guy within a group of travellers, given you don't see that many people of colour backpacking. 
As a brown guy, my travelling experience is completely different to a white or black person.
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Cos they're on the different sides of the spectrum whereas I'm able to blend in alot more and don’t stand out as much.
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In Asia, everyone is fascinated by white people. Especially in India, the locals always want a photo with my white friends, but not with me as I look exactly like them so I end up having to wait lol.
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In South America, I easily blended in also. Especially in Colombia, where half the time people thought I was Colombian. So I've hardly experienced the 'white/black skin effect' or had people stare at me or be shocked to see me.
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However Myanmar, was the first time I experienced this & I was surprised! Monks wanted a photo with me!
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In Morocco, I had the craziest experience. Given how huge Bollywood is there when I walked around, everyone was shouting 'Namaste' or 'Omg I love India' ignoring my white friends, which was interesting as I experienced the other side.
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Second Part - How brown people are viewed among some travellers and perceived in the Media: 
I'm cautious about what I'm going to say here without sounding narcissistic, but bear with me..
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Many girls have told me, "oh you're the first Indian guy I've been attracted to". In the same way I've heard people say to my friends "Oh you're good looking for a black girl/guy.''..I guess we could take it as a compliment. But it also shows how poorly we're represented in society or in the media. Especially Asian men.
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If you think of a 'good looking guy'..I'm sure an Indian wouldn't pop into your head, as all Asian males you've seen in Western media are traditionally the nerdy IT guys/cornershop owner or taxi driver. So I'm glad actors like Dev Patel/Riz Ahmed/Aziz Ansari are slowly changing this image.
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People should interact with one another with a complete open mind, as everyone is different! And to all the people of colour out there, go out and shatter how people perceive your race, show them what they're missing out on! 😉😛
First Part: Travelling while Brown. . When I travel, I'm always the only brown guy within a group of travellers, given you don't see that many people of colour backpacking. As a brown guy, my travelling experience is completely different to a white or black person. . Cos they're on the different sides of the spectrum whereas I'm able to blend in alot more and don’t stand out as much. . In Asia, everyone is fascinated by white people. Especially in India, the locals always want a photo with my white friends, but not with me as I look exactly like them so I end up having to wait lol. . In South America, I easily blended in also. Especially in Colombia, where half the time people thought I was Colombian. So I've hardly experienced the 'white/black skin effect' or had people stare at me or be shocked to see me. . However Myanmar, was the first time I experienced this & I was surprised! Monks wanted a photo with me! . In Morocco, I had the craziest experience. Given how huge Bollywood is there when I walked around, everyone was shouting 'Namaste' or 'Omg I love India' ignoring my white friends, which was interesting as I experienced the other side. . Second Part - How brown people are viewed among some travellers and perceived in the Media: I'm cautious about what I'm going to say here without sounding narcissistic, but bear with me.. . Many girls have told me, "oh you're the first Indian guy I've been attracted to". In the same way I've heard people say to my friends "Oh you're good looking for a black girl/guy.''..I guess we could take it as a compliment. But it also shows how poorly we're represented in society or in the media. Especially Asian men. . If you think of a 'good looking guy'..I'm sure an Indian wouldn't pop into your head, as all Asian males you've seen in Western media are traditionally the nerdy IT guys/cornershop owner or taxi driver. So I'm glad actors like Dev Patel/Riz Ahmed/Aziz Ansari are slowly changing this image. . People should interact with one another with a complete open mind, as everyone is different! And to all the people of colour out there, go out and shatter how people perceive your race, show them what they're missing out on! 😉😛
End of Day 2: This was our first glimpse of the incredible sunset in Porto, we just made in the knick of time to Ponte Luis I Bridge to watch the sunset. We watched as the Sun slowly submerged below the bridge and disappeared, for it to then explode onto the sky with orange and pink radiance, that illuminated the whole city.
This was the precise moment when I completely fell in love with this city and realised how amazing it was! We sat here for hours watching the sun set and until the sky went pitch black and the city lights switched on. I will never forget that moment!
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I will say it now and I will say it forever. I'm a fucking sucker for sunsets! I'm addicted to it, it's my heroin/crack-cocaine/meth all combined into one to give me an insane concoction.
I crave it every single day, I go out of my means to get it at any cost.
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It purely makes me feel alive and humbles me.
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@philipp.ta and I talked about how we want to watch the sunset everyday for the rest of our lives and on this trip, everyday, we hiked up to the highest point and watched the sunset. And it never disappointed us.
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Some people don't understand my love and obsession for it.
But think about it, the sun sets every single day and it's amazing every single time. The energy it protrudes out, runs through my veins and makes me feel calm and invincible at the same time. Reassuring me that every thing will be okay and that I could do anything I want.
The Sun, will forever be my first true love❤️
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End of Day 2: This was our first glimpse of the incredible sunset in Porto, we just made in the knick of time to Ponte Luis I Bridge to watch the sunset. We watched as the Sun slowly submerged below the bridge and disappeared, for it to then explode onto the sky with orange and pink radiance, that illuminated the whole city. This was the precise moment when I completely fell in love with this city and realised how amazing it was! We sat here for hours watching the sun set and until the sky went pitch black and the city lights switched on. I will never forget that moment! . I will say it now and I will say it forever. I'm a fucking sucker for sunsets! I'm addicted to it, it's my heroin/crack-cocaine/meth all combined into one to give me an insane concoction. I crave it every single day, I go out of my means to get it at any cost. . It purely makes me feel alive and humbles me. . @philipp.ta and I talked about how we want to watch the sunset everyday for the rest of our lives and on this trip, everyday, we hiked up to the highest point and watched the sunset. And it never disappointed us. . Some people don't understand my love and obsession for it. But think about it, the sun sets every single day and it's amazing every single time. The energy it protrudes out, runs through my veins and makes me feel calm and invincible at the same time. Reassuring me that every thing will be okay and that I could do anything I want. The Sun, will forever be my first true love❤️ #AnIndianAbroad  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #igers_porto  #igersportugal  #igersopo  #igers_opo  #ig_travel  #travelgram  #igers_travel  #travel  #explore  #traveling  #wander  #natgeotravel  #viagem  #tourism  #visitportugal  #visitportoandnorth  #travelbloggers  #travelbug  #porto  #citybreak  #storyteller  #bestdestinations  #europeanbestdestination2017  #travelersnotebook  #portugal  #wanderlust  #travelblog  #traveller 
My first portrait of a White Gentleman:
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So let me explain...I absolutely love taking portraits, I first started taking portraits of people in India. If you've been to India, you would know that local Indians are photogenic as hell, there are cool personalities everywhere.
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But when I went to Myanmar, that's when I really got into my stride of taking portraits, I found so many fascinating characters everywhere; from the monks to the women from the Pa'O indigenous tribes. I took tons of portraits and two of these were actually selected by @guardian and featured on their newspaper.
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When I'm in a non western country, I find it so easy to walk upto a stranger and ask if I could take their photo.
But I've always said that, I'd find it weird to walk upto a random white guy in London and ask if I could take his photo. It feels awkward and not normal.
One reason is that in the West people value their privacy and their personal space a lot more than other parts of the world.
So I always found it uncomfortable to ask for a portrait here...due to this, I've never actually taken a portrait of a White person aha.
But when we were in Portugal, @philipp.ta and I were walking around and saw this gentleman and thought that he'll make a good subject. So he forced me to go upto him and ask for his photo.
And to my surprise...he actually said yes. This was the result of the photo. He looks like such a boss!
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I simply love how the sunlight goes through the straw hat, and drops little sunlight freckles on his face. #AnIndianAbroad
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My first portrait of a White Gentleman: . So let me explain...I absolutely love taking portraits, I first started taking portraits of people in India. If you've been to India, you would know that local Indians are photogenic as hell, there are cool personalities everywhere. . But when I went to Myanmar, that's when I really got into my stride of taking portraits, I found so many fascinating characters everywhere; from the monks to the women from the Pa'O indigenous tribes. I took tons of portraits and two of these were actually selected by @guardian and featured on their newspaper. . When I'm in a non western country, I find it so easy to walk upto a stranger and ask if I could take their photo. But I've always said that, I'd find it weird to walk upto a random white guy in London and ask if I could take his photo. It feels awkward and not normal. One reason is that in the West people value their privacy and their personal space a lot more than other parts of the world. So I always found it uncomfortable to ask for a portrait here...due to this, I've never actually taken a portrait of a White person aha. But when we were in Portugal, @philipp.ta and I were walking around and saw this gentleman and thought that he'll make a good subject. So he forced me to go upto him and ask for his photo. And to my surprise...he actually said yes. This was the result of the photo. He looks like such a boss! . I simply love how the sunlight goes through the straw hat, and drops little sunlight freckles on his face. #AnIndianAbroad  . . . . . . . . #igers_porto  #igersportugal  #igersopo  #igers_opo  #ig_travel  #travelgram  #igers_travel  #travel  #explore  #traveling  #portraitmood  #natgeotravel  #viagem  #tourism  #visitportugal  #visitportoandnorth  #travelbloggers  #traditional  #porto  #citybreak  #portraits_ig  #bestdestinations  #europeanbestdestination2017  #portraitmood  #portugal  #wanderlust  #portrait_shots  #traveller 
Day 2: Porto had some of the most beautifully tiled churches I've seen. There were many all over the city, but my favourite was the one next to Bilhão station.
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In my previous post, I spoke about the negative parts of social media, where in some ways it disconnects you from reality.
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Here I am going to touch up on some of the positive points of social media and how it has impacted my life.
I've roughly been on Instagram for about 2 years now & through posting my photos and stories, I've built up a dedicated audience who have followed me along on my journey, read my incredibly long essays aha and engaged with me day in and day out!
And through this medium of Instagram and my own little community, I've met and engaged with incredibly kind people off this platform as well!
For example, @paolaanguloe who messaged me when I was in Bogota, Colombia last year and showed me around a complete different side to Bogota that I would have never seen, if it wasn't for her.
Secondly, @krl0ta who invited me to stay in her mothers home in Periera, when I was travelling through Colombia- a stranger that she only knew through Instagram. I unfortunately didn't have the chance to take her up on her offer.
Thirdly, @burhanbayhan, who showed me all around different parts of Copenhagen, when I was living there last month and then bought me a shit load of sweets/chocolates to take home to my family and he did that just through the kindness of his heart.
I'm a stranger to all these people, but they still chose to share some parts of their life with me. 
And then I can't even mention the numerous amount of messages I get day to day from people all over the world, wanting to tell me about their experiences of the countries I've been to or asking me for travel tips or telling me how I've inspired them to travel. These messages are truly humbling.
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This is what I love about social media, it enables me to connect with people from all over the world through Instagram and it shows me that we all want to share experiences with each other & that we're all not that different.
Thank you Instagram for this great journey you've led me through. 🙂
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#igers_porto #igersopo #porto
Day 2: Porto had some of the most beautifully tiled churches I've seen. There were many all over the city, but my favourite was the one next to Bilhão station. . In my previous post, I spoke about the negative parts of social media, where in some ways it disconnects you from reality. . Here I am going to touch up on some of the positive points of social media and how it has impacted my life. I've roughly been on Instagram for about 2 years now & through posting my photos and stories, I've built up a dedicated audience who have followed me along on my journey, read my incredibly long essays aha and engaged with me day in and day out! And through this medium of Instagram and my own little community, I've met and engaged with incredibly kind people off this platform as well! For example, @paolaanguloe who messaged me when I was in Bogota, Colombia last year and showed me around a complete different side to Bogota that I would have never seen, if it wasn't for her. Secondly, @krl0ta who invited me to stay in her mothers home in Periera, when I was travelling through Colombia- a stranger that she only knew through Instagram. I unfortunately didn't have the chance to take her up on her offer. Thirdly, @burhanbayhan, who showed me all around different parts of Copenhagen, when I was living there last month and then bought me a shit load of sweets/chocolates to take home to my family and he did that just through the kindness of his heart. I'm a stranger to all these people, but they still chose to share some parts of their life with me. And then I can't even mention the numerous amount of messages I get day to day from people all over the world, wanting to tell me about their experiences of the countries I've been to or asking me for travel tips or telling me how I've inspired them to travel. These messages are truly humbling. . This is what I love about social media, it enables me to connect with people from all over the world through Instagram and it shows me that we all want to share experiences with each other & that we're all not that different. Thank you Instagram for this great journey you've led me through. 🙂 . . . . . . . #igers_porto  #igersopo  #porto 
What do you see here?
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In some ways in this photo, I see our generation. 
What do I mean by that? ...We're all 'connected' through technology, but it's also making us lose connection with each other in real life.
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After I came back from Cuba, I had a revelation. Being in Cuba for 2 weeks without any wifi and not needing to use my phone and then coming back to the West and realising that everyone was constantly on their phone was a revelation. It really opened my eyes to our current generation and the world we live in.
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This photo was taken on my first day in Porto, as we hiked up to Jardim Das Quatro Estacoes. It was a small park with a view over the city and through the window of trees you got to see one of Porto's bridges.
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My friends and I were enjoying this view and as we were leaving, I noticed this couple sitting right infront of this gorgeous view, but instead of appreciating this beauty in front of them or talking to each other. They were both just staring down at their phones. They chose to watch how other people live their lives, rather than be present in the moment and connect with your surroundings and your partner.
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And I see it all the time, this is a common occurrence, I see it at restaurants, on the train and even when people are talking to each other; they're scrolling through their phone, not making eye contact and then just responding.
I find it really sad that we've come to this point.
But I fully understand as well, as I've been guilty of this before. You don't even realise you're doing it, as you're numb to it and our environment has conditioned in some ways to always be on our phones.
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But I think people should just realise this and start to enjoy the little moments you have when you're with the people you love and put away your phones and appreciate the beauty all around us. .
What do you guys think? I'd love to know!
#AnIndianAbroad .
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What do you see here? . In some ways in this photo, I see our generation. What do I mean by that? ...We're all 'connected' through technology, but it's also making us lose connection with each other in real life. . After I came back from Cuba, I had a revelation. Being in Cuba for 2 weeks without any wifi and not needing to use my phone and then coming back to the West and realising that everyone was constantly on their phone was a revelation. It really opened my eyes to our current generation and the world we live in. . This photo was taken on my first day in Porto, as we hiked up to Jardim Das Quatro Estacoes. It was a small park with a view over the city and through the window of trees you got to see one of Porto's bridges. . My friends and I were enjoying this view and as we were leaving, I noticed this couple sitting right infront of this gorgeous view, but instead of appreciating this beauty in front of them or talking to each other. They were both just staring down at their phones. They chose to watch how other people live their lives, rather than be present in the moment and connect with your surroundings and your partner. . And I see it all the time, this is a common occurrence, I see it at restaurants, on the train and even when people are talking to each other; they're scrolling through their phone, not making eye contact and then just responding. I find it really sad that we've come to this point. But I fully understand as well, as I've been guilty of this before. You don't even realise you're doing it, as you're numb to it and our environment has conditioned in some ways to always be on our phones. . But I think people should just realise this and start to enjoy the little moments you have when you're with the people you love and put away your phones and appreciate the beauty all around us. . What do you guys think? I'd love to know! #AnIndianAbroad  . . . . . . . . . . #igers_porto  #igersportugal  #igersopo  #igers_opo  #ig_travel  #travelgram  #igers_travel  #travel  #explore  #traveling  #natgeotravel  #socialmedia  #visitportugal  #visitportoandnorth  #travelbloggers  #porto  #bestdestinations  #portugal  #wanderlust  #DouroRiver  #Romance  #storyteller