Stories about Travel from September, 2008
Little-known fact: Several Indonesia-made aircrafts are still being used in the Philippines, Malaysia and Pakistan.
Egypt: Egyptian Railways – 125 Years Old
Egyptian blogger Zeinobia celebrates here the 125th anniversary of the Egyptian Railways.
Belarus: Chernobyl Children Banned US Trip
Osteuropablog comments on [GER] how Chernobyl children in Belarus are denied going to the US for rest and treatment.
UK: Azerbaijani Gay Artist's Deportation Update
Unzipped: Gay Armenia reports that following pressure on Azerbaijani Airlines, the details of Azerbaijani artist Babi Badalov's deportation from the UK have been changed. The blog calls on concerned individuals and organizations to lobby British Midlands Airways (BMI) who will fly Badalov to Baku in just a few hours.
Madagascar: Falling in love with Madagascar
David Sasaki loves Madagascar, an island in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa. And he is not the only one…
Pakistan: Truck art
Ali Usman at Pak Tea House portrays the culture and history of truck art in Pakistan.
Estonia: Impressions of Haapsalu
Itching for Eestimaa tells a story about his impressions of Haapsalu – a town unscathed by the passing of time.
Slovakia: Common Phrases in Slovak
The Foreigner's Guide to Living in Slovakia shares and explains some common Slovak phrases and even provides a test at the end of the post.
Barbados: Extortion Ring
“They stop tourist hired cars by standing in front of them. They inform the drivers that the road is closed, instruct them to drive another way and then demand money for the ‘assistance'”: Barbados Free Press calls on the police to clamp down on the Boscobel “Road Toll Gang”.
Ukraine: Kyiv Traffic
Greetings from Kyiv posts pictures of Kyiv traffic.
The Balkans: Subotica Mosque; Balkan Muslims
Kakanien Revisited writes about the new mosque of Subotica, the first one in Serbia's Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, “built with funds from Novi Pazar […] and Turkey.” The 8th Circle jots down notes on the Balkan Muslims from a recent Reuters piece.
Czech Republic: Interview With Lonely Planet's Author
The Journeys of Captain Oddsocks interviews Brett Atkinson, an author who is updating the Czech Republic sections of Lonely Planet's Eastern Europe and Europe on a Shoestring guidebooks.
Latvia: Stradini Hospital
Arnis Balcus posts photos from one of the biggest and oldest hospitals in Latvia.
Dominican Republic: Other Tourism Options
Tourism in the Dominican Republic is much more than the ocean and beaches, and Rocío Díaz of Monaco [es] thinks that there are other parts of the country that are worth promoting, such as San Pedro de Macorís and Montecristi for its exquisite architecture.
Taiwan: First English blog award begins
Taiwanderful has announced the 2008 Taiwan Best Blog Awards. The awards are for English-language blogs related to Taiwan in eight categories. According to Taiwanderful: “There are hundreds of bloggers writing about Taiwan in English. The English language bloggers in Taiwan contribute some of the most comprehensive up-to-date information about the...
Laos: Coffee industry
Nye Noona blogs about the coffee industry of Laos
Lebanon: Ramadan ‘not that great’
Kuwaiti blogger Ray is in Lebanon where she says: “lebanon isn't that great in ramadan. [But]bas the weather is AMAZING.”
Guyana: El Dorado
Guyana-Gyal thinks up some alternatives to her country signing the European Union Economic Partnership Agreement.
Georgia: Tbilisi Photos
Photos from a weekend walk around Tbilisi's old neighborhoods – by LJ user shupaka (RUS).
Western Sahara: Summer is Over for Sahrawi Children
Traveling abroad to spend summer with a family in Spain, meeting movie stars like Javier Bardem, sharing special moments with volunteers who give them new school materials, summer is officially over for Sahrawi children, who are back in school, where they are learning valuable lessons about hope and a better tomorrow, writes Renata Avila.
Saudi Arabia: Women and their drivers
“In Saudi Arabia you can tell a lot about a woman by her relationship with her driver. Yes I call it a relationship. Because, unlike anywhere in the world, drivers are a necessity and not a luxury that is used on a whim.” Read a description of the different relationships...