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Singapore – the Lion City from the land’s end. Episode 1

27 February 2013 Singapore, travel stories 2 comments

Singapore: Merlion

For some, Singapore is the paradise of order, discipline and cleanliness– where else could you find an entire Indian neighborhood that is spotless? For others, Singapore is a sterile, conformist city, lacking color and taste, a city for androids (I don’t mean the operating system). But both parties are right. The city-state from Malay Peninsula is the embodiment of tranquility, order and discipline in a part of the world that is extremely colorful and vibrant. But even here, the atmosphere becomes a liberal and relaxed one and when” the iron government” of Singapore loosened up certain practices (for example, dancing on top of a bar was removed from the list of offences and the closing time of bars was extended ‘til midnight during the week and until 2AM on Fridays and Saturdays) fun entered the city in full speed. read more…

The world’s last divided capital. Episode 3: The Green Line

18 February 2013 Cyprus, travel stories 3 comments

Views of Nicosia Green Line

Today, my steps will wonder through the more gloomy side of Nicosia… It’s the Green Line, the fortified and militarized area that is under UN control and which divides Nicosia in two. Although tension is long gone in most of Cyprus, in this area you can still feel it in the air… even though you do not see fully equipped soldiers, but merely remains – bombed houses, walls with bullet holes, barricades, barbed wire… read more…

The world’s last divided capital. Episode 2: Northern Nicosia.

15 February 2013 Cyprus, travel stories No comments

Things to see in Nicosia: Selimye

For many years, the border between the Turkish Cypriots and Greeks was tightly closed… From one side to the other, only high officials and UN troops were passing by. Then, a passing point was opened, the famous checkpoint called Ledra Palace, next to what it used to be the coolest hotel of united Nicosia. After that, foreigners were allowed to cross on the other  side, but only by foot and provided they returned by 6 P.M. If they arrived late, The Republic of Cyprus did not accept them anymore in Southern Nicosia.

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Imperator Challenge. Will I ever be able to learn how to ski at 40?

13 February 2013 travel stories 2 comments

Ski in Austria

 “Do you know how to ski?” asked me Renate from Kaprun-Zell am See region tourism office from Austria. “No, I have never skied” is my answer given together with a somewhat troubled smile. “Well, then why don’t you come join us and learn how to?”. “Why not…”.

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The world’s last divided capital. Episode 1: Southern Nicosia

11 February 2013 Cyprus, travel stories 2 comments

Things to see in Nicosia: archibishop's palace

The geo-economic situation after WW2 led to the emergence of some strange, distorted, artificial “capital cities” divided between rival countries with militarized borders and frightening walls, passing by straight through the core of some dwellings that are hundred or maybe thousand years old: Berlin was divided between East and West, so was Jerusalem and starting with 1974, Nicosia was split in two: Lefkosia and Lefkosa! The heart of the town was severed by a barbwire border defended by UN troops.

Berlin unified by choice, Jerusalem by force, so that it remained only one divided capital – welcome to Nicosia, the capital of the ”two countries” called Cyprus. read more…

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