Stories about Travel from July, 2009
Trinidad & Tobago, Curacao: Sweet Tooth
Lifespan of a Chennette blogs about traditional sweets from Curacao: “It was a reminder that even if names were different, and languages, the people and food of the Caribbean do share so much!”
Philippines: Taal Volcano
nomad4ever writes about Taal Volcano in the Philippines. His description of the volcano: A volcano on an island in a lake on an island in an ocean.
The Balkans: More on EU Visa Rules
More on the new EU visa rules for the Balkans – at A Fistful of Euros.
Europe: “When East Becomes West”
Raf Uzar is wondering whether “the definition of Western Europe [is] the same now as it was in 1945.”
Polandian writes about Poland's forests.
The Balkans: EU Visa-Free Travel Controversy
AriRusila of Blogactiv.eu‘s BalkanPerspective writes that the EU's intention to introduce visa-free travel for some Balkan entities but not others is dividing the region.
Russia: Notes From Samara
Sergei Khazov's Notes from Samara – at OpenDemocracy.net.
Morocco: Looking for Food in Fez
Moroccan blog The View from Fez catches up with Gail Leonard whose culinary adventure in the medina (city) leaves you hungry.
Mexico: The Subway Economy
Lesley Téllez of the Mija Chronicles [es] takes a look at the “subway economy” and those vendors who ride the trains with the hope of selling products to passengers.
Brunei: Worldwide Photowalk
Anakbrunei posted pictures of the Worldwide Photowalk event in Brunei.
Belarus: Flooded Streets of Minsk
Heavy rain caused flooding in the streets of Minsk on Friday: LJ user toxaby (RUS) posted 45 photos and LJ user black-hg (RUS) posted two.
Russia: Markets Shut Down
Scraps of Moscow writes about Moscow authorities’ recent decision to shut down Cherkizovsky and Izmailovsky markets: “It is a shame that Luzhkov and others favoring the reconfiguring of Moscow markets to exclude for'ners have failed to understand that such pockets of other-ness always added to Moscow's richness. And even operating...
Bangladesh: Connecting To The Asian Highway
Had I been in Voyager 1!!! opines that the current proposal of connecting to the Asian Highway is not useful to Bangladesh as “it will go through several land ports in Bangladesh-India border but not anywhere near our two seaports.”
Bangladesh: Beauty Of The Countryside
Expat blogger Amy Moyer is charmed by the amazing Bangladesh countryside.
Latin America: Vendors Aboard City Buses
The following scene may take place in any number of large cities across Latin America. A person, of any age, man or woman, steps aboard a city bus, provides a brief introduction, thanks the driver for granting permission to board, and then begins to pitch a product to the passengers along for the ride.
Albania: No Playing in Parks
Living in Shkoder, Albania learns that kids aren't allowed to play in Albanian parks.
Barbados: Where's the Culture?
Barbados Underground suggests that when it comes to Crop Over, “culture issues have taken a backseat in recent years at the expense of running the festival as a business”.
Thailand: Pregnancy Scam
Magnoy Samsara writes about a new pregnancy scam in north Thailand where girls inject a substance in their bodies to inflate their stomach. Girls do this to “obtain commitment, money, or even escape from forced marriages.”
Nepal, India: Positive Energy To Beat Pessimism
kasthamandap of Thinking About Nepal visited the Indian capital recently and comments: “it just felt good to be in a place where positive energy seems to overwhelm the pessimism, especially going from Nepal where pessimism and negative thinking takes over and often overshadows optimism and positive thinking.”
India: Chasing a solar eclipse
On July 22, we are about to witness the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century. The eclipse will be visible between 5.20am to 7.40am, from within a narrow corridor spanning half the Earth. In India, the path of the eclipse will cover the cities of Surat, Indore, Bhopal, Varanasi...
Bermuda: Celebrity Tours
As Bermuda introduces “celebrity tours”, 21 Square says: “For those who believe that…tourism can be rejuvenated via exclusivity and prestige, this is horrifying…the absolute opposite direction for Bermuda tourism that we should be taking.”