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Don’t. Turn. On. The. Lights. Vol. 3

April 13, 2018 Friday the 13th is often thought of as the scariest day of the year, except for the Halloween, perhaps. Some believe it is just an “unlucky” day, others think that it is more prone to “supernatural” happenings (ghosts, evil spirits, bigfoot sightseeings, UFOs, etc.) while others attribute its fear to a very old superstition which stems from …

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The Race Issue. Vol. 2

April 6, 2018 April 4th, 2018 marked the 50th anniversary since the assassination of the prominent African-American leader, Dr. Martin Luther King. Fast-forward five decades – a lot has changed, yet much remains the same. Racism, bigotry, sexism, intolerance and discrimination, unequal opportunities, fearmongering – feelings and attitudes which are not always visible, or even conscious, yet they are still …

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Sapa: A City in the Heavens

Vietnam is widely known for its dense jungles, drenching humidity, and its bustling metropolitan cities.  Though this type of scenery and climate do not hold true for one of its northernmost towns, called Sapa.  The city was built on top of a plateau.   Both valleys and mountains stash away this hidden gem of northern Vietnam. Rice terraces dug into …

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Holland’s Hidden Gems: Cities and Villages

When you think of Holland, the first thing that probably pops into your mind is Amsterdam.  While musing over the coffee shops, the Red Light District, and the beautiful moats, many don’t realize that Holland has so much more to offer than just its legendary capital!  Though I do agree that Amsterdam is a beautiful city to spend a few …

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I’m Starting a New Chapter. Vol. 1

March 30, 2018 I know that I’ve been missing in action for a while. In fact, just staring at a blank, white screen gives me chills. How do I start writing from “scratch” again? Where do I begin? Can I just click “reset” and start all over again? Yes? Let’s do it then. There are so many things that I …

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Moscow: The Top 20 Attractions

Once you come to visit the Russian capital for the first time, you will quickly run into the problem of choosing among the most exciting sights.  Although there’s little doubt that such famous places like the Red Square and Kremlin are on the “must see” list of every traveler, there’s also a large number of interesting, yet not so well-known, …

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Top 9 Traditional Dishes and Desserts to Try in Finland

Tasting traditional dishes and desserts while visiting a foreign country is always fun.  And in Finland, you can surely find some tasty, and not so tasty, delicacies.  Here are the top 9 traditional meals that are popular in Finland.  So be brave and try some while visiting our country! Makaronilaatikko (a Macaroni Casserole) Makaronilaatikko is one of the most typical …

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10 Most Common Names in Armenia

Armenia has gone through so much in the past century alone, and the names that you often hear reflect that turbulent history.  However, do keep in mind that Armenian names differ greatly by the diaspora.  This is due to the fact that many people often named their children after the cities they were exiled from in what was formerly Western …

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Volunteering in Peru – A Glimpse of an Incredible Reality

First things first – I’m traveling through South-America for seven months in total, and at the moment I’m volunteering in Cusco, Peru for about two months. Volunteering is such a special thing!  I didn’t know what to expect, so I arrived totally open-minded.  And it turned out that an incredibly magical experience was awaiting me.  In the short time that …

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Pa amb Tomàquet – Bread with Tomato

There is a recipe that virtually everyone in Catalonia has prepared at least once.  You can find it at any restaurant, bar or even home.  But the best thing about it if you want to try it as well – you will only need three or four simple ingredients.  I’m talking about “Pa amb tomàquet,” which can be literally translated as …

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10 Traditional Dishes You Have to Try in Cyprus

The Cypriot is probably one of the most diverse cuisines in the world.  What is great about Cyprus’s gastronomy is that you can trace its rich history through the variety of national dishes.  The island’s particular geographic location has brought in a mix of Greek, Turkish, and Arabic culinary influences. The first thing that you should know about Cyprus’s cuisine, …

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Turkey: A Brief Political Overview

The Republic of Turkey which serves as a bridge between Europe and Asia, both geographically and culturally, is a special country surrounded by sea on three sides.  With its distinctive culture, historical richness, natural beauties, landmarks and warm locals, Turkey attracts countless visitors from around the world.  Furthermore, this 95-year-old republic has a very dynamic past.  In this article, I …

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Morocco’s Scams and Crime: A Quick Safety Guide 

In my previous article, I mentioned some of the most interesting facts about Morocco.  But in this one, I’ll try to tackle some of the safety issues in our country.  As everyone knows, the “good and evil” are basically the two sides of the same coin.  Therefore, it would be improper to mention the positive things about a country without …

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Top 10 National Parks to Explore in New Zealand

New Zealand is blessed with some of the most breathtaking landscapes on this planet.  Its national parks are not only worth seeing at least once in your lifetime, but they are also protected.  These places of great beauty are a huge tourist magnet for a good reason.  There is much to see and do at these incredible parks, including hiking …

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4 Most Common Serbian Food Specialties

Serbian cuisine is a vast delight of taste and smell.  It’s mostly due to the mixture of various influences from different nations and tribes that once lived in our region.  Nowadays, it is not a rarity to have a good meal in Serbia.  Moreover, Serbian recipes also have varied, seasoned and strong flavors which are a combination of Bulgarian, Greek, …

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5 Most Common Superstitions in the Philippines

Many Filipinos, especially the more traditional ones, tend to lean towards superstitious beliefs.  Despite the absence of any sound scientific basis, young adults choose to cling to these superstitions as well, to avoid arguments with their elders.  The elders would commonly advise the younger ones to follow these beliefs.  One of their most frequent sayings is: “You won’t lose anything …

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11 Amazing Facts About Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a small country located in South Asia.  Its long shores are washed over by the beautiful Bay of Bengal and it shares its land borders with India and Myanmar (Burma).  Bangladesh’s total area is 143,998 square kilometers, while its current population is 156,595,000 (or about 2,600 – 3000 citizens per square mile). Here are some more interesting facts …

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7 Fairytale Places to Visit in Croatia During Winter

Winter is here, and I am very excited to remind you of all the wonderful places that you can visit in Croatia.  If you love snow, snowy landscapes, and fun winter activities, then this article is for you.  Among the numerous spectacular places in Croatia, I’ve selected the top 7 Winter destinations which you can easily access from its capital, …

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Palov – Traditional Rice With Meat Dish From Samarkand

Palov is considered to be a king in the central Asian cuisine, and it actually belongs to several regions and nations.  Furthermore, there are more than a thousand different variations of this divine dish. I am going to share with you the most famous and classic recipe of Palov, from my own city, Samarkand.  Please note – in addition to …