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Entries from March 29th, 2013

13/2013 image of the week: enjoying food

March 29th, 2013 by Julia · image of the week, nepal, photography, reportage

“The best education for a clever person is found in travel.” J.W. von Goethe











this pic was taken in the langtangtrek, himalaya, nepal.
nepali kids enjoying their rice with chili next to the monastery after a ceremony.

nikon d60, 50mm, f/4,5, 1/800 © julia dreier


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some days in berlin

March 24th, 2013 by sophie · berlin, germany, photography, reportage

every now and then i spend a couple of days in berlin to visit my lovely friend julez and meet some other guys who moved there. even if i am not the person who feels completely comfortable in big cities, i love berlin. its always very inspiring and every time i come back home after a visit i feel energized and full of ideas.  berlin is kind of another country, its not typical german for sure. there are so many different nationalities around, wherever you go, you can always recognize people talking in foreign languages. it makes berlin a multicultural potpourri.

anyway, of course i took a lot of pictures during my visits. one time i shot with my canon A E-1 with a 50mm. i thought it would be nice, to show some analog photography on retomag. enjoy!




12/2013 image of the week: namaste nepal.

March 22nd, 2013 by Julia · image of the week, nepal, photography, reportage

“It’s life that matters, nothing but life-the process of discovering, the everlasting and perpetual process, not the discovery itself, at all.” Dostoyevsky

this pic was taken in the langtangtrek, himalaya, nepal.
nikon d60, 50mm, f/3.2, 1/800 © julia dreier

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traveling pages: pascal mercier – nachtzug nach lissabon

March 16th, 2013 by nina · books, review

pascal mercier
nachtzug nach lissabon (night train to lisbon)
first publication 2004
carl hanser verlag, munich, germany
469 pages
languages: german, english,  spanisch, french, portugues and 28 others


last weeked i’ve been to the movie version of night train to lisbon. i really loved the book some years ago and so i decided to tell you about it.

raimund is nearly 60, lives in bern and his life has always been the same. he reads a lot, teaches the old languages at school and playes chess. but then one day on his way to work he saves a woman from jumping off a bridge and this will change it all. he takes her with him to school but before he could even ask her name she disapears again, leaving a book of the portuguese writer amadeu inácio de almeida prado. the words of de prado touch raimund so deeply that he does something he never did before. being spontaneous. he jumpes on the train to lisbon to get to know this person who writes these beautiful words. in lisbon he tries to find de prado. after an accident he gets new glases and a friend in the portuguese oculist mariana. she helpes raimund to find out more about the writer. de prado lived in lisbon as the son of a rich family, became a doctor and died of an aneurysm. bit by bit raimund uncovers the mysteries and secrets about de prados life who was part of the resistence against the regime of salazar but saved rui luís mendes’ life once. he finds de prado’s sister, old friends, teachers and de prado’s love of life. slowly de prado’s story and all these people he meet are starting to change raimunds life.

“it is a mistake to believe that the crucial moments of a life when its habitual direction changes forever must be loud and shrill dramatics, washed away by fierce internal surges. this is a kitschy fairy tale started by boozing journalists, flashbulb-seeking filmmakers and authors whose minds look like tabloids. in truth, the dramatics of a life-determining experience are often unbelievably soft.”
(amadeu inácio de almeida prado in merciers night train to lisbon)

night train to lisbon is a wonderful book about friendship, lisbon and words. ahh,…you want to know about the woman of the bridge? well, read the book and you’ll find out!

about the movie:
bad news first, if you really want to get the full story you have to read the book. the movie doesn’t get it all. specially the words of de prado miss out a bit. but the movie is good. i really liked it. it tells the basic story, the characters are well chosen and lisbon looks so beautiful. be aware of this beauty, otherwise you will try to emulate raimund and jump on the next train to lisbon.


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11/2013 image of the week: shakespeare park

March 15th, 2013 by sophie · image of the week, new zealand, photography

this pic was taken at shakeaspeare park close to auckland, new zealand.

canon 7d; 50mm TS © Sophie Daum


10/2013 image of the week: Ronda

March 9th, 2013 by Jasime · image of the week, photography, spain

Taken in Ronda near by Málaga

© Jasime El Ouali

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9/2013 image of the week: hong kong shoes

March 2nd, 2013 by stefan · china, image of the week

Taken in a Hong Kong market street.

© 2013 by Stefan Wagner

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