valletta’s strait street: the former seedy “gut” of malta’s capital city

Walking around Malta’s capital, Valletta, one finds a combination of old and new, the British colonial footprint vs. the underlying ancient history, and a...

a memorial to the 1966 tashkent earthquake

Tashkent, Uzbekistan and Central Asia's largest city (approx. population 3 million) is a relatively new city. Unlike Samarkand and Bukhara, there are no ancient...

the art of the ktx: the korea train express [video]

Move over TGV and Japan Rail Bullet train, the KTX is here. The KTX, or Korea Train eXpress is South Korea's high-speed rail system,...

silver lake california and williamsburg brooklyn: two ends of a secret hipster worm-hole?

For those of you familiar with the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, you have probably taken the L train from the East Village.   On your...

the 11th century ghost town of tamacine, algeria [video]

The original 11th century village of Tamacine was destroyed in a flood in 1988. While there is a new village nearby, this...

ancient merv, an archaeological gem in the karakum desert

Turkmenistan is a country full of unexpected surprises, and if you have nerve enough to navigate the quite complex and a bit costly visa...

aboriginal cave art and the kakadu national park, northern territory, australia

For those of you who cut geography class, the Commonwealth of Australia is split into six states and two territories . Within the...

a serbian in new york [srbin u njujorku]

By guest blogger Nebojša Vlaškalić. As a kid born in a small, beautiful country with open wounds, I have always carried a big burden of...

a drive through ntungamo, a town in southwest uganda [video]

As I left the Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest and my spectacular encounter with the mountain gorillas, I drove through the town of Ntungamo. Ntungamo is...

hamama mia! my night in a four hundred year-old hamam in antalya, turkey

On the road in Turkey between the conservative city of Konya, with its Whirling Dervish history, and the seaside town of Kaş, I spent...

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