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Soviet Yerevan: time travelling in Armenia

As I’m finalising this post, Yerevan has become a happening place. The prime minister just resigned a few hours ago, after several days of protests. According to my blogger friend Megan, who is there just now, the whole city is a party. The police, military, and everyone is partying.  Now, with Yerevan firmly on your radar, […]

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Berlin, I love you still

In 1983, Berlin was still marked by war, but a grand city still. Today, it’s even grander. And where Rome has beauty and chaos, Berlin has beauty and order.

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No more: The natural bridge of Aruba

The natural bridge, the square 50 cent coin, the windblown Divi Divi trees pointing to the southwest… in Aruba, you always know directions.

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Rubber stamp – East Berlin and the DDR

When Georgia at GingerBeirut invited us Lonely Planet bloggers to submit a rubber stamp post to the fourth Blogsherpa carnival, I took a while deciding which bureaucratic experience to share. I’ve had a few memorable ones, but which one to choose? Crossing into that peculiar non-state Transdniestr (surprisingly easy)? Being refused entry into Guinea Bissau […]

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On passport stamps of yesteryear: DDR, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia

The Schengen Agreement, while convenient, means I no longer get passport stamps in most of Europe. Do you remember the days of the DDR?

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