Every morning is the same for Moinuddin — and he loves it. At the crack of dawn, he wakes up and goes straight to his vegetable garden. He tends to a variety of crops – all of which are cultivated and sold at the local market. Like most entrepreneurs, he loves his work because it […]

The Help of a Stranger

Sometimes it takes a complete stranger to help you on your way. It’s hard to know when or how that help will come…in my case, the help I needed was a message from a complete stranger on Instagram. The Help of a Stranger Social media. We either love it or hate it — but it’s […]

The Shipbreakers

The shipbreakers | Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Shipbreakers If you google, “Shipbreakers” you’ll stumble upon Paul Goodman’s film, Shipbreakers, that highlights the profession of ship breaking. Ship breaking is a big business — it’s also one of the most dangerous professions. It’s the process of dismantling big ships and selling their parts for scrap. It is extremely labor-intensive and extremely dangerous. […]

The Coffee Alternative

Coffee alternative: Speed!

The Coffee Alternative SPEED! Before we get to talking about the tea in Cox’s Bazar, I just want to acknowledge that, contrary to popular opinion, there is more than just tea to drink in Bangladesh.    I was introduced to a drink here that supplemented my coffee addiction while on a tight budget.   That […]

Food in Cox’s Bazar

Food in Cox’s Bazar I was going to describe Cox’s Bazar’s food in one word, but then I found a billboard that speaks for me, so here you go: That’s right. Oil. So much oil that they’ve even got a huge billboard in town to advertise. There’s no cheap way to avoid the oil…but once […]

Bangla Music Video: Ahare

Ahare cover song | Sophie Skips Town

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 More Music Videos […]

The Salt Flats

The Salt Flats | Bangladesh

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]