All posts tagged: smell

Confessions of a Jetsetter w/ Andrea Wien

“Stepping off the plane in a new city, I inhale, searching already for the closest food stalls or local markets. In the same way people travel to gawk at the Great Pyramids or to climb the tallest mountains, I travel for the cuisine. A city can lie its way into a traveler’s heart, but in back alleys down winding, brick-laid roads, the bubbling curries or crispy delicacies are beacons of pure honesty.   Food teaches me about the mundane, the beautiful, the oppression, the squalor and the extravagance of a place in a way that nothing else can. A people’s history lives on my fork, dances across my taste buds and nourishes my soul as it warms its way through my body.  For me, inspiration comes in the form of turmeric and paprika, galangal and ginger. It weaves a path past city squares, ducks behind bright doorways, moves to the rhythms of a tea kettle and explodes in color over the rice paddies, bringing me back to where it all started, and gathering strength for where it has …

Confessions Of A Jetsetter w/ Tanwi Nandini Islam

“I’ve always been drawn to the motley scents of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, my motherland… After a day of riding through Old Dhaka’s winding alleys and street side shops, we stopped at the Dhakeshwari Temple, one of the oldest Hindu temples in the country. We entered a large courtyard with nooks and arches for ceremony and worship. Three different wedding ceremonies commenced, simultaneously. We were wedding crashers. But no one seemed to notice. Circles of witnesses formed around the newlywed couples. In the corner, far away from the fanfare, I noticed a woman, hunched and praying so deeply that she seemed to be collapsing into herself… Trails of a hundred lit incense sticks rose above her, and she paid the reverie around her no mind. In this courtyard, the scent of burning wood from a havan, burning incense, and spring flowers brought stillness in a city that only knows chaos.” – Tanwi Nandini Islam // @hiwildflower   004/100 of #100DaysofConfessions Instagram Project