the fortress of Kalemegdan in Belgrade, Serbia

Serbia: My Belgrade Top 5

My Belgrade Top 5 5 fun and slightly geeky things to do in Belgrade   With more than 2 million residents, Belgrade is one of the largest cities in the region. The city has a lot to offer her residents and those who pass through. Low-priced museums with first rate exhibitions, an insane night life that lasts well into mid-morning, not to mention plenty of ruins left by a long succession of invading armies make[…]

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A side entrance to the Opera and Ballet Theater in Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek for Beginners

Bishkek for Beginners A (very) brief city guide With a population of just under a million inhabitants (source), Bishkek is The Republic of Kyrgyzstan’s capital and largest city. Historically, the people of Kyrgyzstan, like those of her northern neighbor, Kazakhstan, were nomadic. While there are some archaeological sites around ancient settlements, most of Kyrgyzstan’s cities are relatively young. Bishkek was first established as a silk route trading fort (Pishpek) in 1825. As Tsarist Russian interests[…]

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The Miljacka River under a welcome blue sky after a snowy, winter morning

Photogallery: Winter in Sarajevo

In Sarajevo I expected to find a city forever marred by violent tragedy. I expected to find a place defined by events in history, and the events the world watched unfold in the 1990’s. On my short visit to that beautiful city in the hills I found something very different. I found that Sarajevo is a city with an identity that transcends definitions of history; a city that is so much more than the assassination,[…]

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