Stories about Travel from June, 2008
Russia, U.S.: Entry Visas
A Budapest-based American writes at Pestiside.hu about the painful process of getting a Russian entry visa.
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Biggest Bosnian Coffee Pot
A picture of “the world's biggest Bosnian coffee pot” – “cheesy tourist fun! :)” – at YakimaGulagLiteraryGazett.
Croatia: Entry Visas for Albanians
Albanian Blogger relates his frustrating experience of getting Croatian entry visas for himself and his colleagues.
Iraq: Breaking Stereotypes
Iraqi Khalid Jarrar is in stitches that his brother's Canadian fiancée had ridden camels twice before his Arab brother.
Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti: Small Shoes
Trinidad and Tobago-based artist Chris Cozier posts a photo of a child's shoes taken on his last trip to Haiti: “Something about the way that the shoes had become so worn out struck me. They looked like islands in the sea but also like the two countries that make one...
Jamaica: Reggae Sumfest
After the recent sponsorship controversy surrounding Jamaica's Reggae Sumfest festival, Montego Bay Day By Day is happy to report that “the show shall indeed go on…which is a good thing for the local businesses…”
Poland: The Language
According to Polandian, Polish language isn't hard.
Czech Republic, U.S.: Intermarriages
Sue of To Czech and Back, a U.S.-based American married to a Czech, guestblogs at Tanja's CzechMateDiary.com; Tanja is a U.S.-based Czech married to an American.
Slovakia: Bratislava Castle
The Foreigner's Guide to Living in Slovakia writes about the ongoing reconstruction of Bratislava Castle.
Ukraine: Chernobyl Photos
“Chernobyl 2006: 20 Years On” – over 60 photos from a trip to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, by Phil Coomes (Flickr user blinkofaneye).
Nigeria: Are Nigerians abroad more “human”?
Adeola discusses the treatment of Nigerians at home and abroad: “Why do the foreign embassies respect Nigerians living abroad but disrespect Nigerians at home? Why are they more relaxed with their visa application rules with the same Nigerians abroad than at home? Are Nigerians abroad more human than Nigerians at...
Malawi: Going back to Malawi
Malawian blogger says “Goodbye Sweden”: “Time came when I came. Time has gone and I should be gone back to Malawi after two years of great stay in Örebro, Sweden. It has been a time well spent. Numerous experiences both good and bad.”
Ukraine: Paul McCartney in Kyiv
Greetings from Kyiv was liveblogging Paul McCartney's Kyiv concert (15 posts).
Russia: “Nina the Moldovan Grocer”
Moscow Through Brown Eyes shares a wonderful story on “Nina the Moldovan Grocer” and her “interpretation” of the blogger's parents.
Lithuania: You've Been There Too Long When…
“You know you've been in Lithuania too long when…” – at With a Grain of Druska. Here's one of these signs: “You consider Lithuania the best and worst place on earth at the same time.
Lithuania: Celebrations in the UK
Lithuanian Jotter writes about traditional Lithuanian celebrations in the UK.
“Beware of Egyptian Men,” says the Canadian Embassy
Back in December 2007, I was almost crucified for writing a post entitled: Relationshsips Warning: Do not date Egyptian Men. In that article, I said: Because of the nature of my work in the tourism sector, I am used to hearing that this or that country has issued a travel...
Ukraine: Soviet Monuments to Chernobyl?
Chernobyl and Eastern Europe writes about president Yushchenko's order to demolish some 20,000 Soviet-era monuments in Ukraine, as part of the commemoration of Holodomor, the great famine of 1932-33, and about the culture and tourism minister's suggestions to move these monuments to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
Hungary: “Budapest, the Beautiful”
Hungarian Spectrum writes about Budapest's cosmopolitan spirit.
Hungary, Israel: “Pixrael”
Budapest Guide writes about Pixrael, an online photo competition marking Israel's 60th anniversary, and posts two pictures from the winning entries exhibit in downtown Budapest.
Slovenia: Searching For a “Sister”
Camille Acey of Adventures in Wheelville writes about living in Slovenia – a country where “there are not a lot of black people” – and about searching for a “sister”: “…someone to exchange hair care tips and funny stories with; someone who would understand some of my frustrations; someone who...