Quick visit to the land of churches and stones

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Land of churches, land of stones: Armenia. We added the country to this year’s travel list because there was a family event there. Armenia was a new travel destination to me in a region I hadn’t explored before, southern Caucasus. The country has an eventful history, and a state church that is quite present in public life, the Armenian Apostolic Church. We were there for four days and took the opportunity to explore the country a little – both in the capital Yerevan and the surrounding areas. My film camera was coming along, of course. Read More

Culture shock? Bound to happen

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A few days prior to my first trip to India, which was on business, I was on a phone call with an Indian colleague, who I was going to meet there. He inquired whether I had been to India before. When I said no, his impish response was “Oh, this will be very interesting for you then.” I considered myself cosmopolitan and well-travelled, so I explained that I had been to various countries on most continents, including developing countries and and alien cultures. He replied with a sentence that I’m not likely to forget anytime soon: “Oh no, trust me, the scale of the chaos is much bigger in India than anywhere else”.
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Scotland, you’re such a drama queen

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I don’t know how else to put it right now. The Scottish landscape was truly amazing. Of course I had guessed beforehand that Scotland would have quite a bit to offer in terms of scenery, so I made sure to equip myself accordingly upgrade my equipment for the trip. I had added a wide angle lens to my gear, as well as a set of ND filters for long exposures during the day. I packed my tripod anyway. The outcome was not all that surprising: Anytime I spotted a photogenic lake, stream, or beach, I stopped for a long-time exposure shot, which involved time consuming setup of equipment including tripod. This was much to the dismay of those travelling with me. There were “unfortunately” too many picturesque locations in Scotland.
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