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About Josef Samuel

I’m a professional wedding and portrait photographer, graphic designer, and website designer based in South Bend Indiana. I also love to travel and have visited numerous countries around the world. I'd love to talk to you about photographing your wedding or event!

This is Africa: Arrival and First Impressions

That was a long series of flights! I took off from Washington Dulles around 10am and flew directly to Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. This was a 12 hour flight. Addis Ababa is on the eastern side of Africa, and the first thing I noticed in the airport airport was the number of Chinese tourists. About half of the people there were African, then maybe 35% were Chinese, with some Indian, European, and Americans as the rest. Interesting! So after about a 2 hour layover, I had to fly back to the western side of Africa to Abuja, Nigeria on a 4.5 hour flight. My body was so confused after all the back and forth, I didn’t even know what time or day it was when I arrived at Abuja because I had been through so many timezones! Here is a photo arriving into Ethiopia :) Isn't the engine cool? On the tarmac in Ethiopia. Loved walking out and getting

By |2021-05-06T15:27:48-04:00|World Stories Journal|

Running the Mad Dash in Belgrade, Serbia

It was a lovely spring day in Belgrade. I found Belgrade to be so quiet, calm, and peaceful. And very clean and beautiful. Also had all these intriguing soviet vestiges. One thing I did notice here though were all the refugees sleeping in parks. When I first got off the train and was walking trying to find the hostel, I was walking through a park and noticed all these blankets strewn about everywhere. On a second look, I realized that people were sleeping in them. I wasn't expecting it so I was a little surprised but it took a second to see that these folks were all refugees and I almost felt a little rude walking through the park as I didn't want to disturb them. Below is a photo of one of the parks. Near the station there were a few parks and the other ones were even more full. When the hostel told me there wasn't any room

By |2021-05-06T15:28:01-04:00|World Stories Journal|

Exploring Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia was a nice, peaceful place. Very Soviet and a lot of eastern orthodox elements there. Compared to Istanbul, Sofia seemed nearly deserted as the population of Istanbul rivals places like Delhi, India or some big cities in China. Lots of people there, so Sofia was very laid back, chill and relaxed. It was a breath of fresh air :) I took an overnight train/bus from Istanbul (bus to the Bulgarian border then train to Sofia) and I didn't get much sleep at all because I was talking with the other passengers. We had some really interesting guys from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, a guy from Romania, and some others. It was just us and at like 2am we were all sitting in one train car right after we crossed the border. The lights were on and the train wasn't moving. Maybe the conductor was still sleeping or something because we had just gone through the checkpoint, climbed on the train

By |2021-05-06T15:28:31-04:00|World Stories Journal|

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