World Press Photo 2018

It was our lucky day.
The Nieuwe Kerk at Dam Square was hosting
the World Premiere Exhibition of World Press Photo 2018.
I knew I wanted to go although my friends were not too keen
but I managed to convince them and it is one of the highlights of my time in Amsterdam..

The best of photojournalism was housed in one grand church built in 15th century.
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World Press Photo Foundation is headquartered in Amsterdam and has been promoting visual story telling connecting the world with stories that matter.
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They had provided these free audio tours which guided the people about the pictures and its background making it more powerful as we moved from one photograph to another.
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The fact that it was held in this historic building made it all the more grand and the photographs came alive in one form or the other.

I specifically liked the photographs of Kadir van Lohuizen titled “Wasteland” where he documented how different societies manage waste. I liked the part where the audio guide mentioned how the Nigerian waste would not smell because they actually do not throw food and it is the food waste that stinks the most.

While going through the wall of the photographs since 1955, few of them are the iconic images that have remained in our mind. I remember Life magazine at our house back in the day and was introduced to some of these photographs then.

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What an exhibit I tell ya…
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where to eat in mcleodganj

There used to be a Friend’s Corner
that served awesome momos
last time I was in Mcleodganj.

They were political with their
cups and plates and crossed out
“made in china” with bold red marks.

I thought it was revolutionary
and went looking for that corner
but that restaurant had closed down.

But mcleodganj would never run short of
a nice place to eat good Tibetan food.

For breakfast, we went to Cafe Tibet Cafe.
Their chicken thentuk was amazing and
I got to eat momos after a long
while so it was a win-win.

 

If you have walked to Bhagsu waterfall
and need a break, you can stop by Open heart cafe
for some fresh mango juice and a nice view of Mcleodganj.

 

Hills Book Cafe is a nice stop on the way back
(you need to eat some books too)
local-family run bookshop
so go support 🙂

 

Seven Hills of Do-Kkae-Bi is a nice cozy Korean restaurant.
Their portions are huge so don’t order too much
even if you are really hungry
coz I did that and eneded
wasting food.

 

 

 

12-hrs in Pattaya

We took a morning bus from Bangkok to Pattaya
and the first stop was for food -padthai and iced coffee

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It was good to be back
amidst sunny palm trees teal blue beaches
Pattaya is still very touristy but it has that vibe
which will make you want to keep returning to it.

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This time, I got to go to Pattaya view point
from where we could see the Pattaya cityscape.
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we took tuktuk to Jomtien beach
It is the less touristy -local hangout
and the beaches are not as picturesque
but I like it here better than Pattaya beach.

We even managed to go to a flea market
drink coconut water eat the freshly baked donut.

The best part was the sunset
before catching our ride back to Bangkok.
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Wat Pho

Wat Pho was just a boat ride from Wat Arun
It was bigger, more beautiful and very grand.
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Followed a monk as we entered…watpho1watpho2watpho5Glad he didn’t notice or ignored the shadow
because some tourists asked an elderly monk
to take a picture with him and the monk refused.

watphoWat Pho also houses a giant statute of the reclining Buddha
and devotees assemble from far and near to catch a glimpse of this statue.

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While these temples and temple complexes are beautiful
I was a little perplexed to see massage parlours in these areas
wondering if it it is part of the spiritual experience these temples offer.
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