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Weekly travel photo by Vasiliki Papadopoulos

This photo was taken on the Ruta de las Flores highway in El Salvador in 2011. When you first look at the photo you assume the woman is raking some sort of stone, but they are actually coffee beans. We happened to stumble upon a local coffee bean plantation and the technique of the woman lent itself to a unique photo opportunity.

Weekly Travel Photo by Vasiliki Papadopoulos

This photo was taken in Cuzco, Peru in 2010. Unbeknownst to the group of us traveling, it was Peruvian Independence Day. We were witness to a massive parade in celebration of it in the city's central square. This shot capturedone of several military factions that marched in support of the country. The face paint represented the Peruvian flag colours.

Weekly Travel Photo by Vasiliki Papadopoulos

This photo was taken in Cambodia in the summer of 2014. His name is Bou Meng. I met Bou at Tuol Seng (Hill of the Poisonous Trees) - a former prison of the Khmer Rouge regime. It was where 14,000 Cambodians were tortured and then sent to the Killing Fields across Cambodia to die. It is a tragic reminder of the cruelty of power, ideology and hatred. Of the 14,000 Cambodians brought to the prison, only 7 survived. Bou Meng is one of two survivors still alive today. I was amazed by his grace and humility and the fact the he comes to the prison (which is a museum now) every day to meet with tourists and tell his story.

Weekly travel photo by Vasiliki Papadopoulos

I love to travel. I love photography. I have meshed these two loves of mine over the years and one of my 2016 social media goals is to share one travel photo a week. I will provide the story behind the photo and the year it was taken. I hope you enjoy them. 

My first photo was taken in 2005 in the town of Istravashan, Tajikistan. Tajikistan is the smallest country of the 'stans' in Central Asia, situated just north of Afghanistan. Tajik culture reveres women's unibrows, so much that in some cases they are painted on women and girls alike as seen in this photo