Work Around the World

The travel theme this week at Where’s My Backpack is work, which is a great theme because most of us spend the majority of our lives doing it. I’ve been privileged to glimpse the private (and sometimes public) work lives of many people in my travels. Sometimes their work is oriented toward the tourist trade (like craft vendors and tour guides); other work is colorful and loud, and meant entirely for the locals (like the street vendor below). I’ve watched people in Nairobi go to desk jobs similar to the one I hold now, and others in rural Kenya work to grind their own flour for an evening meal. The photographs below capture a few people working across cultures, from urban to rural and everywhere in between.

This meat seller fries some cecina (pounded seasoned pork) for a tlayuda.

This meat seller in Cuajimoloyas, Oaxaca, prepares her grill, while pounded meat hangs like a curtain to dry.

This street performer works the crowd in the Zocolo.

This street performer works the crowd in the Zocolo, Oaxaca City.

Making chocolate at Mayordomo in Oaxaca City.

Making chocolate at Mayordomo in Oaxaca City.

The photos that follow were taken in Kenya in 2004. They are scanned from 35 mm prints, and I so greatly wish I could go back and take these photos digitally!

My friend Judy processes her maize harvest and separates the chaff.

My friend Judy processes her maize harvest and separates the chaff.

A girl grinds sorghum on a large stone mortar.

A girl grinds sorghum on a large stone mortar.

This woman embodies the African woman, carrying the load of the world on her head and back.

This woman embodies the African woman, carrying the load of the world on her head and back.

Judy prepares supper in her earthen kitchen.

Judy prepares supper in her earthen kitchen using sticks of wood for fuel.

Students study diligently on a Saturday afternoon.

Students study diligently at St. Michael’s Secondary School (Nyandema, Kenya) on a Sunday afternoon.

This last photo was taken at the Richmond Night Market in Vancouver, Canada. This guy was grilling haddock, and he looked like he really enjoyed his job.

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2 thoughts on “Work Around the World

  1. The picture that touched me most was the St. Michael’s students studying diligently on a Sunday afternoon with their only light appearing through broken windows. Bless them.

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