Sofia
Travel

Sofia

For those wondering where to spend their summer holidays, this account by Andrea Peycheva of her native Sofia may sway you. Sofia has many attractions. Over the centuries, this city has collected something new, something old and something borrowed and does not embody the typical historical, one-and-the-same image of other European capitals. Instead, it has … Continue reading

A View from the Urals: Nizhny Tagil and the anti-Putin protests
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A View from the Urals: Nizhny Tagil and the anti-Putin protests

During a visit to the Urals, Paul Hansbury sought locals’ opinions about the recent anti-government protests in Moscow and other parts of Russia. Igor Kholmanskikh’s fifteen minutes of fame came in December 2011. Kholmanskikh was Deputy Director of the assembly line at Uralvagonzavod, Russia’s largest battle tank manufacturer, situated in the city of Nizhny Tagil. … Continue reading

Georgia on my mind
Travel

Georgia on my mind

Kasia Remshardt recently visited Georgia and found it full of charm. She sends this report. Friends and family without a personal interest in the post-Soviet sphere often struggle to comprehend the more exotic holiday destinations. They invariably ask: ‘Georgia? But isn’t that dangerous?’. Certainly, their conception of what lies beyond, say, Germany are seldom disturbed … Continue reading

Belgrade
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Belgrade

Josh Black finds that Serbia’s capital always has something unexpected round the next corner. It is while trying to catch a train to Belgrade that I realise a ticket is a luxury not a necessity. However, if you do have to circumvent the normal procedure, keep plenty of hard currency on you. The markets may … Continue reading

Dubrovnik
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Dubrovnik

Sticking with Croatia as our theme this week, Josh Black describes the scene in Dubrovnik, pearl of the Adriatic. O beautiful, o beloved, o sweet freedom, God has given us all the treasures in you, You are the true source of all our glory, you are the only decoration of this Dubrava. All silver, all gold, all human lives cannot repay your … Continue reading