Train Tarte Tales is a storytelling project from two travellers seeking to uncover interesting tales during our travels around the globe and sharing them with you here. From cultural phenomena to social issues to local customs; there’s no topic too big or small. We tell real life tales about real life people and places.
Quitting your job to travel the world is very fashionable these days, in fact, we did that too. But during our travels we came across so many fascinating people, places and meaningful issues that we wanted to do more than just photograph the sights and write guides or listicles. We want to delve beneath the surface and find out more about the stories behind the cities and towns we explore.
Through our extraordinary everyday tales we give you a snapshot of life somewhere else on the globe, temporarily immersing you into another place. Our aim is to nurture engagement on a level deeper than just the click of a like button.
Sometimes we stumble across interesting stories by chance, other times we’ll go to a place specifically to find out more about a location or an issue we’re interested in. We speak to locals, do secondary research and collate plenty of photographic footage to enrich our tales and create visually impactful pieces.
I’m Sue, originally from London but since September 2016 I’ve been on the road and exploring Asia. I started out studying languages before becoming a food anthropologist in order to indulge my endless fascination for all things food and culture, a fascination which luckily also lends itself very well to travel. Travelling has also provided me with the perfect opportunity to pursue my interest in photography. Back in London I mainly worked for PR and branding agencies where writing was always a core part of my job, it’s a skill that gets put to good use here as we try to immerse you into life in another part of the world through our tales.
I’m Anton, a designer by trade and traveller by design. Growing up as part of a minority group in Estonia ensured that multiculturality was on my radar from a young age, and as a result I became interested in differences. Before setting out on the road to travel I worked as a designer for leading brands at numerous advertising and branding agencies in London, where I developed my craft and also my interest in photography. My design experience ensures that our stories are infused with engaging visuals to create thought-provoking articles.
If you’re wondering what’s behind our slightly obscure name, let us explain. Our personal blogs are called Train to Kitezh and Travel Tarte, so we took elements from both to name this blog. The Tales part is a subtle nod to The Canterbury Tales, whose fictional travellers tell stories to one another during a pilgrimage. A conversation about the book sparked the idea for us to tell Tales about characters from our own journey. And so Train Tarte Tales was born.
Because we want to make our stories as immersive as possible we make them available in different formats: