Ramah – Sudan to Calgary

I met this fellow on a popular pathway by the river near Edwothy Park. I had just arrived, got my stuff ready and he was the first person to walk in my direction. While he was walking towards me I noticed he was wearing headphones, so my first thought was to just let him pass by, but I made the split second decision to just walk over to him, get his attention and then tell him what I was up to. Right when I stopped him and he took off his head phones I could tell he was a nice guy. I told him what was up and he happily agreed to participate. Here is what Ramah had to say.

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1. Where are you from?
I’m from Sudan.

2. Sudan! Awesome, wow. So how did you end up in Calgary?
We came here because my brother was born disabled, so we had to move to Canada for his surgery.

3. Oh wow! So why Calgary of all places?
We have family here.

4. Do you like living in Calgary?
Ya it’s a quite place. Lots of nice views and stuff. 

5. Is there anything in particular you like about the city?
I just like walking through downtown, meeting new people and stuff.

Rob: I’m the same way, I enjoy the same thing :). 

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6. What do you like to do for fun?
Well I’m here to do cross-country at Edworthy Park. 

Rob: Oh is that right? Ok cool, like cross-crounty, , , ahhh

Ramah: Cross-country running.

Rob: Oh awesome, good for you.

7. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
You have to see the scenes. 

8. Have you ever ridden a horse?

9. Anything you’d like to add?
Calgary’s a great place to meet new people and, , , ya that’s it. 

Thank you for taking the time to talk to me Ramah and I wish all the best for you and your family in Canada.

Thanks for stopping by, Rob


  1. MichelleMarie · October 10, 2014

    Oh wow Rob what an awesome interview and beautiful photo. Wow isn’t it amazing when you stop and ask people where they are from you get the most interesting answers! I love this! Cross-country running for fun! Love that answer! Awesome interview! Yo are good at this!

  2. Resa · October 12, 2014

    Yet another lovely person from Calgary! Happy Thanksgiving to you, Rob and to all “The People of Calgary”!

  3. paulapederson · October 13, 2014

    Not sure I’ve noted your great photos and vibrant stories of Calgary. I’m old, on the East Coast US, my forebears were Ukrainian immigrants to Alberta in 1898. I’m blogging about pioneers and family. My father was a Dane, a major builder in Seattle I recently met some cousins at a family reunion and went through Calgary during the Stampede. The Northwest is awesome!

    • The People of Calgary · October 13, 2014

      Oh wow! That is really cool! I used to live in Seattle! That’s awesome you have some real roots out here. I’m going to check out your blog. Thanks for the complement regarding my pictures.

  4. marcus dilano · October 16, 2014

    Excellent portrait! I have only had the guts to walk up to strangers and ask to take their portraits one day last fall. Four out of five of by he people I asked said okay and I was a little surprised. I may try it again but it man it ain’t easy.

    • The People of Calgary · October 16, 2014

      Haha ya for sure! Good for you for doing it though. I have come to the conclusion that it’s like taking a swim in a chilly lake. You gotta just run in full speed a head from the beach, because when you creep in it takes forever and is rather uncomfortable ;). By that I mean, get to your spot and ask the first person who looks good to you :). Good luck out there Marcus!

  5. Rob Moses Photography · October 20, 2014

    Reblogged this on Rob Moses Photography and commented:
    More People of Calgary Action!

  6. moonstone34 · October 21, 2014

    Great photo and interview! I really enjoy reading about the people in your city 🙂
    xo, Jackie

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