Archive June 2018

Iran’s ancient engineering marvel

What on Earth are those? I thought to myself shortly before landing in the Iranian city of Esfahan one summer. From the aeroplane window, I could see what looked like a cross between freakishly large anthills and obscure symbols left by an extraterrestrial race. Little could I – then only a teenager – have guessed what lay beneath their mysterious surfaces. The ancient Iranians had a huge task not only to survive, but also to conquer almost all their then-known world If, throughout the ages, there’s one element my people have revered more than fire – known as the...

How to Save Money For Your Next Big Trip

Got your eyes set on a big trip? It can be incredibly exciting when you decide on an adventure, but it is no secret that these trips can cost a small fortune when you factor in travel, accommodation, food, activities etc. This means that you need to do a fair amount of saving before jetting off, but, fortunately, there are lots of great ways to do this so that you can quickly raise the funds. Supplement Your Income There are lots of ways that you can boost your income without having to commit to another job. There are lots of online jobs where you can earn from the comfort of your own home...

The end to a French cheese tradition?

In the heart of Normandy’s Pays d’Auge region, about an hour’s drive inland from the D-Day beaches on France’s northern coast, lies the 200-person village of Camembert, surrounded by white-and-brown cows grazing in lush green pastures. It is here that, according to legend, a woman named Marie Harel sheltered a priest who, like many following the French Revolution, was given a choice: swear allegiance to the new Republic or die at the guillotine. The refractory priest elected to flee, escaping to England through Normandy, and encountering Harel along the way. To thank...

Why the Finns don’t want to be happy

A ballet dancer leaves her purse on a park bench. She walks away, absent-mindedly leaving behind the little bag with her money and belongings in it. Fifteen minutes later, she realises it’s missing. She does not panic; she does not get that sick feeling in the pit of her stomach. She knows it will be exactly where she left it, untouched. Sure enough, upon retracing her steps, she finds the purse and cheerfully picks it up. Riddle me this: If a ballet dancer is this lackadaisical about her belongings, where in the world does she live? Finland. Minna Tervamäki lives in Finland. ...

Unusual Festivals in Spain

Whatever time of year that you’re in Spain, you’re bound to catch some fiesta or festival in some part of the country! Apart from the plethora of religious festivals all over Spain during Christmas, Easter and fiestas connected with the various shrines and carnivals, there are ethnic and cultural celebrations which have come down the centuries and add flavor and color to the life of the people. As for me, I could not resist writing on this guide an article. Some of the important and interesting festivals are: Carnival of Cadiz Carnival of Cadiz is one of the most important events in...

Life Inside 7 Ancient Ruins

When you’re a kid, history lessons often mean learning an uninspiring series of dates and events. It’s only when you get outside for the occasional field trip that the past comes to life. As grown-ups, most people don’t need to bother with the dry old facts. Instead, a good, warts-and-all history book and the freedom to visit astonishing places from our past add layers to our experience of the world around us. It can be dizzying to imagine human life taking place along the same paths you now tread, hundreds or thousands of years ago! But sometimes you need a bit of help to flesh out...

Serbia’s forgotten Roman legacy

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Paul Theroux: on travel and travel writing

Paul Theroux is the godfather of contemporary travel writing, known for his transporting, first-person classics such as Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Deep South, The Tao of Travel and Dark Star Safari. Travel in an uncertain world… has never seemed to me more essential, of greater importance or more enlightening In his new collection of travel essays, Figures in a Landscape, Theroux is once again bracingly perceptive and enticing on places and people. He is ever captivating on Africa, the continent that gave him a lifelong love of travel. Hawaii, one of his two homes ─...

Great Opportunities for the Perfect Paris Airport Taxi Services

This question arises every time you are going on a trip abroad, for example, Spain and you need to get from Barcelona airport, Madrid, Malaga, Alicante to your destination, whether it be a hotel, city center, or home address. Your searches begin in all directions: the Internet, a survey of acquaintances who visited Spain once, business cards, social networks, message boards, etc. with the purpose of understanding what adequate price offers exist on the market and who provides such a service. The result of such searches are offers from individuals on bulletin boards, a company of wide profile...

Latvia: Europe’s nation of introverts

In a comic book produced by the organisation Latvian Literature for the recent London Book Fair, the main character gives a rare smile on realising that the weather outside is perfect. That is, it’s heavily snowing, and thus he’s unlikely to meet anyone out on the roads. As he says, “below zero = below average risk of random encounter”. The comic is part of Latvian Literature’s #IAMINTROVERT campaign to celebrate – and affectionately make fun of – a kind of social reserve that Anete Konste, a Latvian publicist and writer who devised the campaign,...

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