Bangla Music Video: Ahare

Yes, I make the occasional Bangla music videos here and there. It’s a great way to share the incredible footage of the area and inspire you to come visit! I’m currently taking requests for new Bangla songs… Cover song of “Ahare” by Minar Location of filming: Cox’s Bazar Filmed and edited by: Nihab Rahman

The Salt Flats

One of the best photography spots around — the salt flats in Cox’s Bazar. Located outside of the city, you have to navigate through some local villages to find your way there. The best mode of transportation to get there is a tomtom. You can find a tomtom driver in Cox’s Bazar to take you […]

The World’s Longest Beach

One would think that after you’ve seen one beach, you’ve seen them all. Some beaches are obviously more beautiful than others. But they’re fairly straightforward. They have sand, water, and the occasional waves and rays of sunshine. The essentials. So when you say, “Let’s go to the beach!” that’s generally what you would expect. For […]

Dhaka

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My Story with Cox’s Bazar

Why I Went What led me to Cox’s Bazar was the Rohingya refugee crisis. Cox’s Bazar is one of the closer towns to Kutupalong, the world’s largest refugee camp. Tons of NGOs flooded in to serve the Rohingya people after the crisis in August 2017. When I wasn’t working in the refugee camps, I went […]

Rohingya Reunions: Wisconsin

“Hey Soph, what are you doing this weekend?” “Oh, I’m gonna be out of town. I’ll be in Wisconsin.”“Again?!” I’d be the last person to say that some of my favorite weekends are spent in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in the dead of winter. I’d also be the last person to say that chicken feet soup is […]

College Unbound

How I Walked Away with my Bachelor’s Degree in 14 Months — Debt-Free In 2017, I traveled on 19 airplanes, visited 23 cities in 8 different countries, started my own business with 3 additional internships, and graduated debt-free with my bachelor’s degree. I’d say 2017 was a fairly productive year on my end. None of […]

For You, A Thousand Times Over

“Do you want to see something amazing?” Eight-year-old Mohammed asks as we approach the school playground. “I’m going to try the big kid monkey bars!” Mohammed sprints towards the larger playground designated for the older students. “Whoa, those are pretty tall monkey bars! Are you sure you can do them?” I ask Mohammed as he […]

Face to Face with Genocide

Not quite sure how it happened, but somehow I was able to integrate myself into a quirky Rohingya family and follow them around the world. Despite the strong language barrier and logistical difficulties, this family has welcomed “Teacher Sophie” into their lives. They’ve taught me what it means to be resilient in a world full […]