Stories: Culture

  • Kissing On The Dancefloor of Horoom

    The beats pulsing from techno music force the walls to shudder as smoky air dances through green support beams in the underground space. Dim stars seemingly sway across that dark dancefloor, but these are the cigarettes. Everyone is smoking. This is Horoom, a secret underground queer rave in Tbilisi, a city that is known for its homophobia. It is a...

  • Nepal Connections: Asan Bazaar a Testament to Earthquake’s Upheaval, Nepali Culture

    The choice of left or right makes a world of difference when walking away from the Tibet Guest House in the capital city's famous Thamel district. Turn left, and a spider web of roads wends through a trekker's outdoor mall. Tiny shops spill North Face travel bags and down jackets, Nikon camera lenses and brass Buddha statues, Ghurka...

  • If You Have a Meeting in Ethiopia, You’d Better Double Check the Time

    Things always get lost in translation. Sometimes, words or phrases just cannot be converted word-for-word from one language to the next. But in most places, the date and the time works pretty much the same all over the world. Not in Ethiopia. There, it’s currently the end of the fifth month of 2007. It isn’t so...

  • Maputo Meanderings

    The colonial gaze, a subliminal how-to-vote poster from the government, and the red light district – such was my introduction to Mozambique’s capital. Jane Flood led a city tour for fellows from the International Reporting Project around some of Maputo’s more obscure sites. One of my favourites from the day was this sculpture...

  • The Texture of Injera

    On my first night in Addis Ababa, I was introduced to the main staple of Ethiopian food: Injera. Injera is a sponge-like, sourdough bread made from teff that looks like a giant textured pancake and is used to scoop up different types of usually spicy Ethiopian stews called wat. Although I have dined at Ethiopian restaurants before in the States,...

  • A Snapshot of Ethiopia

    I have been in Ethiopia as an International Reporting fellow for a little over a week now and it has been an amazing, eye-opening trip so far. I have learned so much about this beautiful landlocked country of 90 million people. I have been warmly welcomed into their lives and have enjoyed the curiosity of the children at my blond hair...

  • 17 Delicious Ethiopian Dishes All Kinds Of Eaters Can Enjoy

    Ethiopian cooking can be heavy on meat — but the east African country’s cuisine is also full of delicious and super-satisfying dishes that are perfect for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten and lactose-free eaters. Ethiopian food is probably best known for the spongy sourdough flatbread called injera, which serves as the “spoon” for lentil, bean, meat,...

  • 10 Facts About Ethiopia

    Statue of the Lion of Judah. Photo: Rjruiziii via Wikimedia Commons I’ve learned a few intriguing things about Ethiopia in the midst of preparation for my International Reporting Project trip. Having never been before, I’m excited and eager to learn about the country, and culture. We will be reporting on newborn health when there, but...

  • ‘Our Second Mother’: Iran’s Converted Christians Find Sanctuary in Germany

    On a breezy Sunday morning, 17 Christian converts are being baptized into a Berlin congregation just in time for Christmas. The yellow, stained-glass windows, situated high enough to catch the sun’s beams, are glowing. The old wooden pews creak as more people, Bibles in hand, shuffle in to take a seat. Pastor Gottfried Martens, in an emerald green-colored...

  • The Maasai in Pictures: Uwiro Village, Tanzania

      Tom Murphy reported this story in Tanzania as a fellow with the International Reporting Project (IRP).