By Babak Fakhamzadeh

My list for Nairobi

One more of my lists this time for Nairobi, Kenya. Things and places and stuff. Last updated: 5 December 2016.

<3 to A.R. who shared the Nairobi she loves with me and her memories of the place

My lists are always incomplete. Continue reading

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Stuff on a Cretan wedding and circle dancing

Just in case you hadn’t heard, young Greeks seem to be migrating abroad en masse. I moved over a decade ago and I used to be one of the very few who had to take an international flight to be at a special occassion but lately more and more of us at those events come from abroad.

This time we took a trip for a wedding taking place in Ierapetra, Crete (the city of never ending summer as my friend Z. calls it).  Continue reading

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Travel (and how it’s not about places)

Recently I have been lucky enough (or “blessed” as my American friends tend to say) to travel a lot.

I was going through my photos from a recent trip to Italy tonight, trying to select the ones I’d like to print in a photo-book (yes, I do that, I know I’m old school).

It’s funny. We all take photos of interesting places and most of us, my self included, never manage to capture the essence of a place. Continue reading

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Real neighbourhoods: Where to stay in Athens

One of my pet hates when I travel is not being able to find true, local and non touristy information about city neighbourhoods. Things like the vibe, the feel of the place as well as commuting info. The assumption that all travellers want to stay in the dead centre of a city irks me.

I grew up in Athens, so here are some notes about neighbourhoods I know some things about. As always, this is my personal insight – please let me know of any other places I should add. Continue reading

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My list for Athens

My list of cool things to do/ see/ drink/ eat in Athens. Primarily for me to remember but hey, you might enjoy them too.

Know more good places? Let me know, I’ll visit and consider adding to the list.

Last updated whenever the date of this post is. Continue reading

Pretty Village, Pretty Flame

I remember the siege of Dubrovnik, have I ever mentioned that? I was 11 at the time, safe in the knowledge that food was being cooked, the school would be there the next morning and my sister would fall asleep before me so that I could read my book under the duvet. The city burning was like something out of one of my books. I could understand it in terms of what I knew or what I was being taught at school, like the 1453 siege of Constantinople perhaps. Continue reading

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Stuff about Reykjavik and Iceland

Let me tell you, two days are NOT enough. I had to quickly drop by Reykjavik and I am in love. What a fascinating place.

Here are some stuff that stuck on my mind. Continue reading

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The Master Builder at the Old Vic | A triumph of tenderness and madness

**Here be spoilers**

Being perplexed by The Master Builder is nothing new. Generations of audiences have sat equally bewildered and fascinated by Ibsen’s play, arguing what the play is all about. Is it about an elderly professional on the way out and the destruction caused by his infatuation with a young woman? Is it about a hero on a creative journey that ends wrong? Is it about keeping death at bay by an affair or by dreaming again?  Continue reading

On touching a statue’s ding dong

The title should basically tell you that when I was young I used to watch College Humour. Anyhow. Back to the story.

In most cities you will usually find a place where doing something will bring you luck or make your wish come true. This could be throwing a coin in the Fontana di Trevi or touching the huge nose of the Marin Držić Statue in Dubrovnik.

Never though have I seen or heard a weirdest “touch and ye shall receive” tradition then the one I found in Paris. Continue reading

Stuff that Sofia eats/ drinks/ hears/ sees/ does in London (and sometimes other places)