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In The Land of Invisible Women

Book:  “In The Land of Invisible Women” Author:  Qanta A. Ahmed, MD Publisher:  Sourcebooks, Inc. 2008 What goes on behind the impenetrable veil of Saudi Arabia’s society?  How do the people live, how do they think, how do they dress on the streets or in their homes, what are their customs and beliefs?  How are the women treated; do they have …

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Frida: Her Life, Legacy and Struggles

Book:  “Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo” Author:  Hayden Herrera Publisher:  Perennial, 2002 Undoubtedly, some of the best ways to learn about a foreign culture are by reading novels from the local authors, or by studying biographies of its most prominent citizens.  And when you think of Mexico – quite a few big names would instantly come to mind, one of them is …

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The 5 Best Panoramic Locations in Florence

If you’re heading to Florence and are wondering about the best panoramic views in the city – this article is for you.  We will not only tell you where they are, we will also show you how to visit them in a good sequential order, so you could save time, and experience this city from the best angles that it has …

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Reykjavík: Top 10 Sights

Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland, is also the biggest city on the island, and is located on a 45-minute drive from Keflavík International Airport.  Home to about 120,000 people, Reykjavík has a number of interesting and exhilarating things to offer a curious visitor. Besides hosting a number of fascinating museums, colorful homes, and attractive restaurants, this city is now World famous …

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Stuff (Real) Parisians Like

Book:  “Stuff Parisians Like” Author:  Olivier Magny Publisher:  The Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin, 2011 So, do you want to know what the real Parisians are like?  Behind the glamorized, picture perfect myth invented by a skillful PR machine and a handful of ingenious Parisians?  Then, look no further than into this book. Written by a true Parisian guy, Olivier Magny, this absorbing, humorous and …

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Chile: My Invented Country

Book:  “My Invented Country: A Memoir” Author:  Isabel Allende Publisher:  HarperCollins, New York, 2003 Isabel Allende, the author of this book, is a niece to the former president of Chile, Salvador Allende.  The former president (1970-1973) has actually lost his life during the military coup that brought the infamous Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet, to power. Before you start reading this interesting book …

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Visit Iceland on a Budget: 7 Main Tips

It is been a well-known fact that Iceland is one of the most expensive destinations in the World.  You cannot simply dismiss this knowledge with the usual: “Oh, I’ll just eat out of the grocery shops then, I don’t really mind eating sandwiches for a week”.  However, there are some tricks to keep those costs under control, and within a reasonable …

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The Seasons of Trouble

Book:  “The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amid The Ruins of Sri Lanka’s Civil War” Author:  Rohini Mohan Publisher:  Verso, 2014 For the past three decades, Si Lanka had been entangled in a brutal civil war that was estimated to claim around one hundred thousand lives, and displace another million.  This terrible war, that has officially ended on May 18, 2009, has …

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Budapest: Top 10 Sights

Budapest is one of the most vibrant, dynamic and cosmopolitan cities in the World.  A steadily growing influx of tourists flocks to this capital all year-round to experience first-hand some of its famous sights.  Luckily, Budapest has a lot to offer, and not only to its first-time visitors, but to all of its returning guests as well. Besides visiting the main …

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Vienna: Top 10 Sights

Vienna, the imperial jewel of Austria, is one of the most gorgeous capitals in Europe, as well as the rest of the World.  Full of glamour, art, history, and charm, this city is unlike any other on Earth.  If you would like to fully explore Vienna, and to visit at least all of its major sights – it is recommended to …

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Icelandic Folk Tales

Book:  “A Traveller’s Guide to Icelandic Folk Tales” Author:  Jón R. Hjálmarsson Publisher:  Forlagid, 2016 What comes to mind when you think of Iceland?  Is it the picture perfect, supremely exciting Blue Lagoon?  Is it the magnificent and potentially destructive volcanoes, capable of shutting down the entire air traffic over the European continent for a number of days?  Or is it the notoriously …

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Child of the Dark Brazil

Book:  “Child of the Dark: The Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus” Author:  Carolina Maria de Jesus Publisher:  Signet Classics, 2003 If you ever wondered what's the reality behind the closed doors of a Brazilian favela - here's your chance to find out more from the first-person account of someone who actually lived there.  The author, Carolina Maria de Jesus, is the ...
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This is Mexico – From the Eyes of an American

Book:  “This is Mexico – Tales of Culture and Other Complications” Author:  Carol M. Merchasin Publisher:  She Writes Press, 2015 What comes to mind when you think of Mexico?  Is it the turquoise water with the white sand beaches, and the luxury hotels?  Or is it the magnificent, ancient Mayan pyramids, such as the famous Chichen Itza?  Or maybe it’s the infamous drug …

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5 Most Beautiful Temples in Delhi

New Delhi is a very large city where you will need at least 2-3 days just to see some of its main, popular sights.  It has a lot to offer, and it can be very pretty on a clear, blue sky-kinda day.  However, when the pollution levels are out of control, it can be surrounded by a thick, brown smog and it will be …

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Georgetown, Guyana: Top 10 Things To See and To Do

Georgetown is the capital of Guyana, and as all of the capital cities – it has a lot to offer.  Check out these top 10 sights in Georgetown, you will need no more than 2 days to explore them all. 1. St. George’s Cathedral This gorgeous cathedral is the number one famous site to see in Georgetown.  Why?  This beautiful …

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Out of Colombian Captivity: Freedom Never Tasted This Good

Book: “Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle” Author: Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell, and Tom Howes, with Gary Brozek Publisher: HarperCollins, 2009 Marc, Keith, and Tom were three Americans working as contractors under a government contract.  Their job consisted of flying a small plane over the Colombian jungle to find and photograph the strategic locations of the World-famous local ...
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Buenos Aires: Top 10 Sights

Going to Buenos Aires on your first visit and need a quick introduction to this charming capital?  Read on!   Buenos Aires is a very large city so if you are wondering how many days you will need to spend in this vibrant South American capital, to see all the major attractions – our recommendation would be at least 4-5 days, for your …

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South India – What’s Becoming?

Book: “India Becoming - A Portrait of Life in Modern India” Author: Akash Kapur Publisher: Riverhead Books, the Penguin Group, New York, 2012 What is the better way to get to know modern India than to hear it directly from the words of a genuine local, writing about the non-fictitious lives of real Indian people?  Maybe by visiting it in person and getting to ...
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The Peru Reader – One Look Through the Volume of History

Book: "The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics" Author: Orin Starn, Carlos Iván Degregori, Robin Kirk, editors Publisher: Duke University Press, 2nd edition, 2005 This nice compilation that starts with the introduction to the ancient times and ends with the recent events of the 20th century, is a good overview of the general history of Peru. When you first arrive to Peru, you will ...