The Shining Beauty of Women

by Piotr Buraczewski March. 08, 2021 665 views

As a guy born in Poland, I approach every communist or overtly leftist invention with caution. However, this would not apply to the International Women's Day. 8 March was always a nice excuse to give our mothers, sisters or female teachers one more bunch of flowers. Let's celebrate the shining beauty of women in all parts of the world.

1. LAOS. This lovely lady sold beautiful floral arrangements at the market in Pakse. I asked her if she wished to be photo taken. She quickly took red lipstick out of her handbag and made herself up a little. Elderly women sitting around choked with laughter and joked about us and the coming wedding.

2. MADAGASCAR. La Madame sat in from of her house in Ambatolampy, a little town not far from Antananarivo. She was half French and half Malgache. When I mentioned I had flown to Madagascar from Poland, she exclaimed: "Poland! That's the second France!" I love these historical sentiments elderly people express so fondly but why don't they call France the second Poland?...

3. EL SALVADOR. Christopher Columbus Market in Santa Ana is full of fruit, vegetables, small eateries and beautiful people. This girl came from the USA where she studied to spend Easter with her mother. She was kind enough to show me around and smile to the camera.

4. VANUATU. This is Madeleine. To meet her, fly first to Auckland, New Zealand and then Port Vila in the Republic of Vanuatu. A six-seater turboprop will take you from there to the island of Malekula lost in the Pacific. You will most likely see Madeleine walking along the dirt road to the church on a Sunday morning. Her wonderful smile is worth all the hours spent in planes.

5. HONDURAS. It was a boring Sunday morning on the island of Tigre. Going to the church appeared to be the most interesting thing to do. A couple of nicely dressed women sat on a bench in front of it. They were kind enough to take part in the modelling session before the reading from the Acts of the Apostles commenced.

6. THE NETHERLANDS. Meet my aunt, Iwonka, the coolest woman in the universe. Last time (pictured here) she was seen in Frisia having Dutch pancakes dipped in brandy (her own recipe), and then in a gay club in Berlin (acting as my chaperone). Usually however, she enjoys Nordic walking or babysits her four grandchildren in Poland.

7. INDIA. The pace of life in the small town of Lakhpath close to the border with Pakistan is very slow. Men and women sit in front of their households and watch the world go by. I was quite an oddity there. They were curious and entertained by a blonde backpacker and soon we organized an ad hoc photo session. They were happy to have their pictures sent via WhatsApp.

8. RUSSIA. This young woman sells delicious patés filled with onions, quark and potatoes at a small food market in the Solovetsky Islands. The islands are situated in the White Sea where you can get by a long distance train from St. Petersburg, then by bus and by boat. Summer with daylight round the clock is magic there. The Solovetsky Islands (or Solovki) are famous for the Russian Orthodox monastery, pristine forests, lakes and endless hiking opportunities.

9. NICARAGUA. Only one thing tastes better than lemon sorbet on a hot sunny afternoon in León: lemon sorbet served with the smile of the young and beautiful owner of the ice-cream parlour. Recent studies prove that smiling activates optimal number of facial muscles and the attitude that make learning Spanish and other languages a breeze.

10. SPAIN. Throughout the history of humanity, no woman has been portrayed more often than Virgin Mary. This unasssuming painted and gilded statue represents her timeless beauty, femininity and motherhood. It was crafted 700 years ago in Siena, Italy by an anonimous artist. Today, we can admire it in the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid.

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Steveandjustyna Nomads 6 months, 1 week ago

The best post I could imagine to celebrate International Women's Day! Genuine smiles of these ladies and your stories about them- you have brought a smile on my face too. Thank you! 

As a Polish woman I have to say that I do miss a little that special "attention" that I used to get (as ALL ladies do) on March 8th back in Poland... No flowers or chocolates in U.S.A. for that occasion 😉 Oh, well... 

But there is Halloween and other fun celebrations 😁

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Piotr Buraczewski Replied to Steveandjustyna Nomads 6 months, 1 week ago

Hi Justyna, 

That’s what my posts are for: to bring smiles on the faces of their readers. I am happy you liked the pictures and stories.

I must say I regret in Germany we do not give flowers as often as in Poland or The Netherlands (where I spent almost seven years). It looks like some nations are more practical than other. After all, a diamond ring ot a new Mercedes key can do the job almost as good as a bunch of red carnations.😁

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Yokai - 6 months, 1 week ago

Wonderful set!  I love the natural smiles on these girls' (women's)  faces.

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Piotr Buraczewski Replied to Yokai - 6 months, 1 week ago

Hi Yokai, Thank you very much. I love the people, I love photographing people, especially if I can share their pictures with them, either via an app or printed.

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Rachele Schneekloth 6 months, 1 week ago

Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing these!

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Piotr Buraczewski Replied to Rachele Schneekloth 6 months, 1 week ago

Thank you, Rachele. I am happy to be part of photoblogging community.

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Camellia Staab 6 months, 2 weeks ago

How I love your posts! This one is brilliant in every respect. Your commentary, the must have a very kind face....brings out the smile in everyone you encounter. 😊

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Piotr Buraczewski Replied to Camellia Staab 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I am not sure if you remember, Camellia, but it was your post about the agamas in Florida that prompted me to upload the pics of an agama from Lagos Airport. This is how my photoblogging started. 

As for my face, I do not really know what it looks like as I have been wearing a surgical mask for about a year now. I think I should look for some of my pre-pandemic pictures for the next post. 😁 Greetz from covid infested Europe!

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Chuck Staruch 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Such an amazing story of your travels around the world meeting these wonderful woman!!  Poland is one country I would love to visit. I hear so much about the spirit of freedom from the Polish people that it makes me want to visit.
You are truly blessed to have the opportunity to travel like you do and share your stories and photos with the rest of us.

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Piotr Buraczewski Replied to Chuck Staruch 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you Chuck. I find it so fun to photoblog. It is also very interesting to see what other people like to photograph and how they do it. I can learn a lot.

Come visit Poland. It is a nice, peaceful and prosperous place. It is said Poland lives through its second golden age now and its foreign relations have never been better (well, with the exception of occasional hiccups with Russia). Many of my foreign friends say all works there as well as in Germany but it is far more laid back. Well, I think the truth is somewhere in the middle.

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Olga Helys 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm a malagasy woman. It's really great to see a portrait od someone from may homeland

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Piotr Buraczewski Replied to Olga Helys 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Hi Olga, Thank you so much! And welcome to my photoblog.

I have been three times in Madagascar and hope to go there again as soon as the pandemic eases up. I took the picture of La Madame during my first trip in 2005. She was 89 years old then.

More recently I met a Malagasy couple in Mauritius. Here is the link to their picture:

Enjoy Women’s Day! 

Cheers, Piotr.

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