Monday, September 24, 2018

An Underrated Getaway

Stepping out of the airport into the steamy tropical heat, you may well be greeted by a very friendly man who, before you even...

Starting Over… Again.

Even for people used to living in cultures other than their own, where sometimes practically nothing seems to make sense, shifting to a new...

Haebangchon and a World-class Dive Bar.

A few days back I gave a nod to a very cool little bar that welcomed all comers, and will be missed. Before this...

Ah, to be Different

I’m sure everybody has wished at times that they had a camera handy. Actually, these days I’m probably one of the few who wishes...

Poet, Healer, Convicted of Genocide. The Bizarre Lives of Radovan Karadzic

I stumbled into the city centre and found a hotel room immediately. Belgrade was humming with summer activity but not exactly overrun with tourists,...

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