LAHORE , PAKISTAN 🇵🇰 : LIFESTYLE CUISINE

Daal Mash .

Early morning breakfasts on the sidewalks

Morning ponderings

Chicken Tikka, Kebabs, and Naan .

Some children go to school in the mornings, some do this. So many things in life should not be taken for granted. If traveling to faraway misunderstood places doesn’t humble you, it’s hard to imagine what will.

Experience on the streets thus far, indicates that Pakistanis don’t mind a camera… 😉

Intricately decorated truck, a Pakistan tradition…

Keema Naan .

Stopping for a snack at a food cart.

Taking care of business on the roof.

Sometimes you have to push your Ching Chi …

Bainghan Ka Bharta . Eggplant 🍆 Curry .

Lahore , Pakistan 🇵🇰 July 2018

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LAHORE , PAKISTAN 🇵🇰: STREET EMOTIONS

Relaxing

Preparing to make a turn into a tight alley

Sitting in traffic

Rickshaw drivers

Carrying their lunch

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LAHORE , PAKISTAN 🇵🇰: LAHORE FORT

The Lahore Fort (Punjabi and Urdu: شاہی قلعہ‎: Shahi Qila, or “Royal Fort”), is a citadel. It is notable for having been almost entirely rebuilt in the 17th century, when the Mughal Empire was at the height of its splendour and opulence. The foundations of the modern Lahore Fort date to 1566 during the reign of Emperor Akbar. In 1981, the fort was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lahore_Fort

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LAHORE , PAKISTAN 🇵🇰: FOOD MONSOON

Morning Chai ☕️ .

Rickshaw Row

Biggest rainfall in Lahore in 38 years on July 3rd. Tragically, 8 people died.

Koozy Haleem . A variety of lentils. Chilies 🌶 and spices can be added. I dumped them all in. Spicy hot and delicious.

Monument in Bahrain Town

Haircut, anyone?

The art of decorating trucks is a big thing in Pakistan. Usually, the art is a direct reflection of that particular driver’s ideology.

Halwa Poori . Poori bread with Chana Masala and Halwa.

Sajji . Originating from the Balochistan province.

4jul18 Lahore, Pakistan 🇵🇰

Iași , Romania : 1+1=1

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Union Square. Landmark of the city. It is the intersection of three major streets: “Ștefan cel Mare” Boulevard (the former Big Street), Alexandru Lăpușneanu Street (the former Serbian Street) and Cuza Vodă Street (the former Golia Street). The square has a special meaning to Romanians because in front of Petre Bacalu’s Inn (situated in the past on the parking space in front of Victoria Cinema), “Hora Unirii” was danced for the first time in 1857, and then, after the announcement of the Union of Romanian Principalities on the 24th of January 1859, which was made through the double election of Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza. http://iasi.travel/en/stories/the-union-square/
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Pigeon Feeding Frenzy
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Mănăstirea Trei Ierarhi (Monastery of the Three Hierarchs). Completed in 1639.
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Tip of the Hat
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Saint Nicholas Princely Church (Romanian: Biserica Sfântul Nicolae Domnesc) is a Romanian Orthodox church located at 65 Anastasie Panu Street in Iași, Romania. It is dedicated to Saint Nicholas. Origins as early as 1491. Established by Stephen the Great. 
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Only 98 Luftballons now…
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The Palace of Culture (Romanian: Palatul Culture) . Construction started 1906.

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Casa Dosoftei , also called the Arcade House , built in the 18th century . Located in the city center, on Anastasie Panu Street no. 69, near the old Royal Court, between the Palace of Culture and the Church “St. Do not Destroy Domnesc . “ She currently hosts the old literature section of the Museum of Romanian Literature in Iasi, established in 1970. 

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1+1=1.“When you feel the ONEness of everything, naturally you don’t want to harm anything.” Artist : Ache77 https://www.instagram.com/ache77stencilartist/

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BUST. https://www.instagram.com/acabust_md/

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Artist: HarceaPacea https://www.instagram.com/harceapacea/

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23/24 Jun2018. Iasi, Romania.

Iaşi , Romania 🇷🇴: “Sa primesti ce ai dat”

The Border crossing from Moldova 🇲🇩 .

The road to Iaşi .

Passing through villages on the way…there are still horse drawn carriages serving as practical modes of transportation .

Mănăstirea Trei Ierarhi (Monastery of the Three Hierarchs). Completed in 1639.

Artist : HarceaPacea https://www.instagram.com/harceapacea

sa primesti ce ai dat . Rough translation: “To get what you gave.”

“I also want to be an artist.”

Grand Hôtel Traian. Designed by Gustave Eiffel. 1887.

23/24jun18 . Iaşi , Romania 🇷🇴

Chișinău , Moldova : “Chișinău , You Intoxicate Me”

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Superheroes. Artist unknown. Located in the park behind the American Embassy.
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The word “rhinoceros” comes from the Greek “rhino” (nose) and “ceros” (horn).  Because the animals’ horns are used in folk medicine for their supposed healing properties, rhinos have been hunted nearly to extinction. Artist unknown.
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Trupele de Carabinieri (Carabinier Troops) is the gendarmerie-type force of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Moldova. The Moldovan Carabinieri are to ensure, together with the police or independently, public order, protection of rights and freedoms of citizens, owners’ properties and prevention of violations of the law. The Department of Carabineer Troops has 5 Military Units and some 2,000 soldiers working on a contract basis or on time. On December 12, 1991, the establishment of the Carabinieri Troops was approved by the Parliament and subsequently signed by the President of the Republic of Moldova. (wiki)

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“We are forlorn like children, and experienced like old men, we are crude and sorrowful and superficial—I believe we are lost.”
― Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

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Chișinău , you intoxicate me.
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Abandoned building near the city center.

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And, she did…

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Driving politics 

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“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that SELF may prove to be.” ― May Sarton
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Church in the woods
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Valea Morilor

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Decay is inevitable, but beauty can remain

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jun2018. Chisinau , Moldova

Chișinău , Moldova: The Central Cemetery a.k.a. The Armenian Cemetery

Founded in 1811. It’s the most ‘honored’ cemetery in Chișinău. Many nobles alongside regular citizens. It’s falling to decay, as it’s so massive, but there’s constantly work being done by groundskeepers. Walking through it, I was struck by two things that are not common in American cemeteries: Pictures of the deceased prominently displayed on the tombstones, really ‘putting a face with the corpse’ for me. Which, I never knew I needed. Sounds creepy, but it was kind of wild to see the face of someone who was born and who died before I ever came to be. Just gently putting into perspective that life goes on with or without us. We’re so small in relative terms. Secondly, the tables that were on the grave sites. Some were as long as picnic tables. Others were small little cafe-like tables that were obviously meant for visitors to come and sit. A Ukrainian friend explained that once a year there’s a special day where families come and visit their beloveds’ graves…drink and eat, and share stories of their lives. An effort to keep their spirits alive, I guess. 

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Reminiscent of the Grapes of Wrath

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Who WERE they?! What were they LIKE?!

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An especially elaborate table at a grave site

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What happened?

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16jun18 Chișinău , Moldova

Chișinău , Moldova: Eternal Flame

The Eternal Flame honors those who were lost during  World War II.

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Five, symbolic reddish-brown rifles, each representing one year of the war, form an arc over the eternal flame.

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16june2018. Chisinau, Moldova