Stories about Travel from November, 2007
Vietnam: Visit to Mekong Delta
Pho takes us to the Mekong delta region in Southern Vietnam.
Hungary: Open Letter to Slovakia
Pestcentric writes an open letter to Slovakia: “Last year you even had garage bands calling for the destruction of Hungary. This is just not good. It seems that being in the European Union has led you astray. Now, I know you’ve yet to fence off the Gypsies like the Czechs...
Hungary: On Art and Entrance Fees
Pestcentric writes about the Hundertwasser exhibit at Budapest's Museum of Fine Arts – the works and the entrance fees: “…the only Hungarian I heard came from the attendants, not the people paying to be there.”
Romanians aren't too welcome in Italy, Poles aren't too welcome in Britain. Pestcentric reviews the situation with migrant laborers from the EU's new member states.
Hungary: Communist Monument
Pestcentric spots a Mary Poppins-like figure in a Communist sculpture in Budapest.
Russia: “Rashn for Dummies”
Moscow Doesn't Believe in Tears translates “a double plus good lexicon of newspeak in Moscow’s dangerously jaded fashion community,” originally published in the Bolshoi Gorod.
Russia: Books and Periodicals
Russian Blog recommends books and periodicals to read while in Russia.
South East Asia: The Longest Bridges
Curious about the longest bridges in South East Asia.
Guatemala: Tourist Circuit of Colonial Churches
Blog de Chiquimula [es] writes about a new tourist route sponsored by the Guatemalan Ministry of Culture, which highlights colonial churches in the eastern part of the country.
Argentina: Documenting Recoleta Cemetery
Robert Wright and Marcelo Metayar recently launched a blog called AfterLife, which documents and tell the stories behind the Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina and is geared towards English-speaking visitors.
Serbia: Belgrade the “Party City”
Belgrade 2.0 corrects the Sunday Times on their view of Belgrade: “Milan is the fashion city, Amsterdam is the weed city, Paris is the love city, Berlin is the wall city, and New York is New York” – and Belgrade is the “party city.”
Dejan Čabrilo of Anegdote writes about Slavija, a Belgrade neighborhood he grew up in: “Seen the kids who offer to wait in line for visas at the German embassy in exchange for a small fee? That was us, and probably still is – the perks of living in the capital...
Argentina: Taxi Drivers Refuse to Enter Some Neighborhoods
Some neighborhoods in Buenos Aires are off-limits because some taxi drivers refuse to enter due to security reasons. Juan Pablo Meneses of Cronicas Argentinas [es] writes about the views of these taxi drivers and one who says, “There are many neighborhoods that I would only enter driving a tank.”
Russia: Moscow Car Crashes
Two-Zero posts a video of car crashes in Moscow.
Russian Blog writes about “dostoprimechatelnosti” of Ulan-Ude, one of which is the biggest Lenin head in the world.
Indonesia: Loving Scotland
Anita on why she loves Scotland.
Russia: Photos of a 1902 Building in St. Pete
LJ user an-drevv takes photos inside the 1902 residential building on the corner of Zagorodny Prospekt and Zvenigorodskaya Ulitsa in St. Petersburg. The building's condition could have been worse, the blogger writes: right now, though, there are still enough of original items that can be restored.
South East Asia: Delicious
How to say delicious in several South East Asian Languages.
Chile: Waiting Around With LAN
Marcelo Aliag of Bloggeando la Vida [es] writes about his poor experience with the airline LAN especially on the route between Santiago and Antofagasta.
Ukraine: Ruined History
Olechko writes about and posts photos of Olyka and Klevan: “Two rival towns going back in sixteen hundreds now are ruins with a palace/castle and a cathedral each. One castle now is a psychiatric hospital, the other – a ruin, home to junkies and stray sheep.”
Armenia: Cheating Passengers
Life in Armenia accuses airlines flying to and from Armenia of cheating customers now that they've started quoting their prices in Euros instead of Dollars. Despite the difference in exchange rates, a $900 ticket is now charged at €900 — an increase of 47 percent.