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Alaska, the great land—which it, indeed, is

Back in the 1990ies there was a TV-show on CBS, called “Northern Exposure.” Although filmed almost entirely in Washington state, in a small town called Roslyn (if you’ve seen the show, you might remember a mural saying, “Roslyn’s Café,” which … Continue reading

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Cuba, part XI: They are happy—despite everything

It’s seems to be a part of the southerners’ psyche not to worry much about earthly matters and concentrate on “more important” things in life. I’ve seen this same attitude in Spain and Italy where people don’t tend to worry … Continue reading

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Cuba, part X: The city where Cuba’s fate was sealed

Had events in Santa Clara in December 1958 turned out otherwise, Cuba’s recent history might have been completely different. It was in Santa Clara where the world’s most infamous terrorist Ernesto “Che” Guevara sealed Cuba’s fate for coming decades, prompting … Continue reading

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Cuba, part IX: Trinidad—colonial houses, cobblestone streets and beautiful Caribbean

I think after Havana, Trinidad in central Cuba was the second most likable place we visited. It’s a relatively small town, but nice and historic, and despite extremely annoying people rather peaceful. And the tininess of the town can be … Continue reading

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Cuba, part VII: The Paris of Cuba? Okay…

Lonely Planet says about Cienfuegos, “if Cuba has a Paris, this is most definitely it”. I say it’s arguable—they do have a miniature copy of Arc de Triomphe, but that’s pretty much it. Other than that, it’s a small Cuban … Continue reading

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Cuba, part IV: Valle de Viñales—tobaccoland, nature, and white sand*

To start from the beginning of the adventure, I have to describe how we got to Viñales in the first place. We had planned to take a bus from Havana and had asked from designated tourist info about the tickets. … Continue reading

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Cuba, part II: Our man in Havana

Back in the 1940ies, Graham Greene wrote the first version of his story that later became known as “Our Man in Havana”. Interestingly though, the first version of the story was set in 1938, in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, … Continue reading

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Cuba, part I: Back to the USSR

Having been born in the Soviet Union and having endured “life” (it’s like in a mausoleum—you’re not really alive, but they won’t bury you either) there for 13 years, I know that I never want to live in such a … Continue reading

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Sicily, part VIII

As I mentioned in the last post, we didn’t have much of our last, the seventh day. But on that morning, we visited a little sea-side town of Mazara del Vallo and then drove back to Tràpani, to the Vincenzo … Continue reading

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Sicily, part VII

First, I have to apologise to all devout fans that already for two weeks I haven’t posted photos of Sicily, because let’s be honest, I didn’t finish with the series yet. But I’ve had important work-related and social chores that … Continue reading

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