Hi. My name is James Rayner, 25 years old, born and brought up on the Isle of Wight in the UK. My favourite ways to spend my time include listening to Albanian music (I’m obsessed with it), eating Turkish food, reading Bosnian literature, being abroad and speaking foreign languages. It was a fortunate set of circumstances that led to me studying a B.A. between the University of Iceland and the University of Malmö in Sweden, but now a graduate I’m still trying to find my way in life, not really knowing what I want to do. After a depressing few years and a string of disappointments, I felt it time to make the most of the things I’m passionate about and that is how this blog was born.
This blog child of mine – christened Ethno – will follow my travels and encounters with ethnic food. I have a very long list of places I want to visit for a multitude of different reasons, Sarajevo in Bosnia and Baku in Azerbaijan were recently ticked off after years and years of wanting to visit both. Somewhere probably around the top of my list right now is Erbil in Iraq and I just cannot wait for the day when it will be safe enough to visit. One of my favourite things to do on holiday is to track down foods and drinks specific to the people that live there. It’s not always as easy as it sounds but I feel like it’s mission accomplished if I can find a national dish, regional or local speciality or any food or drink based on history, tradition and authenticity.
I hope to find that it’s not just me who finds this interesting. If you do then please get in touch and I look forward to hearing your comments.