One of the reasons I started this blog was that I wanted a place to share everything I was thinking about. It’s hard to know what you think about something until you write it down. As well as place that holds stories, photos and tales of tea and travel, I also share fun things I find on the Internet. Every Sunday I share a peek of what I’m reading, listening to, inspired by, and give an update about what’s going on in my life. These are my Sunday sundries.
Yes, you read right. It looks like in addition to doing work in Sarajevo my work with Photographers Without Borders and Project 1948 is also taking me to one of the front lines of the refugee crisis. Because of the recent Balkans route lockdown and subsequent EU restructuring of how they’re taking in migrants, we don’t know exactly what Idomeni will be in a month’s time when we arrive. It used to be little more than a train stop along the Greek/Macedonian border. Right now, it’s about 12,000 people living in wet, cold and muddy conditions. In a recent BBC interview, a doctor from Medecins du Monde called it “disgusting”, and told the BBC he informally suggests people leave the camp because it is so unhygienic.
This NGO project has really evolved since I got on board. Originally we were just working with youth in Sarajevo who’d grown up in the aftermath of war. We’ll still be spending time doing just that, but with Bosnia’s proximity to the current migrant crisis through the Balkans in Europe, it would be tone-deaf not to get involved in helping people going through a huge upheaval in the region. I look forward to doing whatever I can do be useful and tell stories from Idomeni. If you’d like to help the project that I’m involved in, please consider donating what you can. We’re bringing clean undergarments and food to the people there, plus we’ll be giving cameras and recorders so that people can tell their own stories.
Here are my favourite things from the internet this week:
- Speaking of having to seek refuge, one of my favourite pieces on Medium is Everything is Yours, Everything is Not Yours. Clemantine Wamariya also has this great piece on her experiences being a public speaker.
- How a boko haram child bride copes after returning to her community.
- What it’s like to have no first-person memory.
- The politics of being crazy.
- Facebook now owns the media.
- Planet money is one of my favourite podcasts. Check out their piece on the real game that goes on during poker tournaments and a look inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the falling price of oil and what that’s doing for their taxes.
- Finally, someone else thinks women’s pockets are useless.
- Consent and tea are BOTH great things.
- You may have read about the Fuck Off Fund, so here’s the followup: Suck It Skills.
- A journalist files an ingenious FOIA request.
- Scientists from Britain and American travel to North Korea for volcano research.
- Why Shawn Blanc leaves a note for himself every night before bed.
- In the Congo, toilets are a sign of hope.
- As a former bartender I appreciate whoever wrote this colourful list of barred persons.
- Migrants making their way into Germany received a guide to their new home country. I feel it also explains the German psyche for tourists. I wish I had something like this before going on exchange there as a teenager!
- Wired makes a timeline of the end of comments.
- How the Canadian military stood by for years while Afghan soldiers raped children.
- I fancy the idea of a she-shed.
- What better way to entice tourists than with romance novels?
- If you’re having a rough lady day, read some stories from this list of women warriors. And then watch Mulan.
- The headscarf, modern Turkey and Elif Batuman.
That’s them! Wow. It’s a bit of a long list this week.
Before you go, please enjoy the new trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (I’m so excited!).
I’ll see you next week!