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· June, 2009

Stories about Travel from June, 2009

Paraguay: The Possibility of a New Bullet Train

There is speculation that a new bullet train could be built linking the Paraguayan capital city of Asunción with the Brazilian city of Paranaguá and which uses the energy from...

Palestine: Harsh Treatment By Egyptian Border Authorities

Lebanese activist Natalie Abou Shakra, who has been in the Gaza Strip for seven months, is now being prevented from entering Egypt by the Egyptian authorities. Witnessing the treatment of...

Palestine: Lebanese Activist Stuck At Egypt-Gaza Border

Lebanese activist Natalie Abou Shakra, who reported from Gaza during Israel's attacks in January, is not being allowed to cross out of the Gaza Strip into Egypt.

Palestine: Rafah Crossing Open For 72 Hours

Laila El-Haddad is hoping she will see her parents soon, as the Rafah Crossing from Gaza into Egypt is temporarily opened: “Of the some 5000 Palestinians registered to cross, only...

Israel/Palestine: Travels With A Surfboard

Jesse Aizenstat is an American surfer who has been visiting Israel and Palestine – and he has carried his surfboard everywhere: “Walk from the Jerusalem bus station to the Muslim...

ISS: Photos and a Poem from Koichi Wakata

Astronaut Koichi Wakata on the International Space Station posted some photographs, including one of Sarychev Volcano while it was erupting (Also part of NASA's Image of the Day Gallery), and...

Preetam Rai interview

GV author Preetam Rai was interviewed by Syed Syahrul Zarizi of Malaysia about his online projects and his thoughts on blogging and travel.

Russia: Buckwheat

Russian Blog posts an ode to buckwheat.

Laos: Strange pineapples on display

Two strange pineapples, one shaped like a dragon and the other shaped like a heart, are on display in a temple in Laos. The pineapples harvested from a Vientiane farm...

FSU: Soviet Toys

Photos of Soviet children's toys – at LJ user varjag_2007‘s blog (RUS).

Cuba: Unanswered Questions

“I am waiting for a clarification about why he hasn’t accepted Obama’s proposal for U.S. telecommunications companies to provide Internet to the Cuban people. I demand, like many around me,...

Ukraine: “Where Life Lives You”

An expat's musings on life in Ukraine – at Greetings from Kyiv.

Russia: Kamchatka Volcanoes Online

Profy reports that soon it will be possible to follow Kamchatka volcanoes’ eruptions online.

Russia-India: A medieval journey to India

Jost A Mon discusses his own and other translations of the 15th century memoirs of Russian merchant's Nikitin odyssey to India and elsewhere.

Thailand: Thousands affected by train strike

Thousands of passengers were affected by the two-day nationwide train strike launched by employees of the State Railway of Thailand. The workers were protesting a cabinet resolution which they claim...

Albania: Female Solo Singers

A post on “some of the most important Albanian female solo singer artists of the last century” – at The Balkan Crew.

Martinique, Guadeloupe: Sarkozy Visit

Repeating Islands notes that French President Nicolas Sarkozy is scheduled to make a trip to Martinique and Guadeloupe later this week “to address overseas ‘issues’ after the general strikes” that...

Caribbean: Following the path of the Caribs

Since the beginning of 2009, French West Indians have questioned their identity, their national heritage and their present-day situation in different ways. Kintamingo Ema, a Martinican blog, presents an initiative...

Trinidad & Tobago: H1N1

This Beach Called Life: “Swine Flu, A(H1N1), has now hit Trinidad and Tobago with the number of cases increasing daily causing facemaks to become as popular as condoms at Carnival.”

Philippines: Culture and tourism

John Ryan Recabar shares his thoughts on reviving Philippine tourism and the importance of reliving old traditions.

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