Stories about Travel from May, 2007
Estonia: The Emperor's Menu
Nami-Nami examines the menu of the Emperor of Japan during his recent visit to Estonia: “The only ‘outsider’ is the snow crab, which was caught in Kamtchatka.”
Russia: Off-the-Beaten-Path Research
Darkness at Noon blogs on his scientific research from “a run-down bus station in a little village about 2 hours outside of Lipetsk, which is itself about 10 hours from Moscow by train”: “Never did I think I would long for Moscow so intensely, but after a week in and...
Morocco: Bono in Fez
“The View from Fez has its ear to the ground and can confirm a rumour that has been floating around the Medina (city) for the last two days. Bono is in Fez. Why? Well according to one source he is recording here with U2 – another is that he has...
Interview with Caroline Nellemann, Danish Researcher of Iranian Blogs
Danish researcher Caroline Nellemann has done her Master's thesis on Iranian blogs and was involved for three months with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society in Harvard. In order to meet Iranian bloggers and to be more in touch with Iran she took a trip to Iran recently. Caroline shares some of her ideas, photos and research experience with us in this interview.
India: Finding Gandhi in Mexico
Organized Nomad on finding Gandhi in Mexico. “Two women, total strangers, in two different parts of Mexico, seemingly free associate India with Gandhi. Seems even more a pity then that while Gandhi's name will forever be worshipped, his message will soon be lost as his country charts a tumultous course...
Brazilian Express Loves (and jealousy) around the world
The Brazilian blogosphere entered in alert a few weeks ago when the major publish house Companhia das Letras (PT) announced a huge literary project. Idealized by Rodrigo Teixeira, the project called Express Loves (Amores Expressos) wants to take 16 writers to 16 cities around the world for a one month trip. Shanghai, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Lisbon, Berlin, Cairo, Saint Petersburg and São Paulo are some among those chosen cities. At the end, each one of them must write a love history tied with those cities. All in 90 days.
Panama: Political Season Heating Up, The Return of Noriega, and Crime in Panama: a Love Story
Presidential elections in Panama are not scheduled until May 2009, but bloggers are already keeping a watchful eye out for any developments. Another interesting turn of events that will arrive sooner than the elections is the expected release of former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega. Finally, in addition to blog entries about visas, travel and food, one blogger's hopeful encounter with a beautiful woman turns out to be something more unexpected and less appealing.
Oman: Shopping in Next Door ‘Do-Buy’
Omani Al Muscati had to travel to nearby Dubai to buy supplies for his home. “With our house already a few months behind schedule, I'll be damned to wait 8 weeks for simple things like door handles or light fixtures. So like the majority of my fellow Omanis, I packed...
Bulgaria: Academy of Sciences Tour
Sofia's Hidden Beauty tours the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
Albania: Paramotor Photos
A sampling of Alket Islami's pictures of Albania from the air – over at Our Man in Tirana.
Albania: Ban on Smoking
Our Man in Tirana reports on whether the ban on smoking in all public places really works.
Israel: A Lesson in Sikhism
Israeli blogger David Bogner gives us a lesson about Sikhism after a trip to India.
Mexico: Hanging Cables a Concern for Tourist Bus in Mexico City
Chilanga Banda [ES] writes about the newly unveiled southern circuit of the tourist double-decker open air Turibús in Mexico City. Even though this new route may attract up to 200,000 tourists, the concern still remains with the low hanging cables and the danger that they may present for the city's...
Ukraine: Photo Report
Enidd's photo report from Kyiv is by far the best illustration of how the talk of impending civil war in Ukraine was a bit premature.
Ukraine: Beregynya Festival in Lutsk
Olechko attends Beregynya, an annual folk festival in Lutsk, and helps her family sell some delicious homemade mead.
FSU, Turkey: Food Delivery
Carpetblogger eats pizza in Istanbul and provides “more proof Turkey was never part of the Soviet Union“: “
Russia: St. Pete Trivia
Apricotflan.com shares some St. Petersburg trivia: “How many bridges does it take to make a St Petersburg? 800.”
Hindi Blogosphere: Scorn at activists and foodies’ delight!
Here we are again, ready to peek into the world of Hindi blogs to see what's happening in that part of the global blogosphere. A lot has happened in this time period in the Hindi blogosphere, nothing short of a civil war and though there's a sort of uneasy peace...
Egypt: Blogger being Watched
From Egypt, Issandr El Amrani links to an article by Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas, who is back from a visit to the US and is worried about his safety back home. “Last Thursday, I returned to my country, Egypt, after several weeks in the United States on a Freedom House...
Algeria: Spot the Terrorist
Algerian blogger and journalist Slimane Boussoufa, who is based in London, UK, narrates to us his experiences crossing borders and how people look at him if he is carrying a backpack in the London Underground. “It is to be regretted that young Arabs, especially the educated and well groomed, have...
East Timor: Notable Guests Visiting East Timor
Xananarepublic says interesting people are visiting East Timor at the moment. “There are a couple of people in East Timor at the moment who, if you get the chance, you should try and meet and maybe buy them a couple of beers.”