Khujand - Panjshanbe Bazaar

Tajik Adventures, Part 3: Khujand’s Panjshanbe Bazaar

In my previous Tajik Adventures post, we looked at the more pedestrian attractions of Khujand, Tajikistan’s second largest city: decrepit hotel Leninabad, the ill-fated Lenin statue, and Café Rashvan. So far, none of these features really justify a journey to that remote part of an already remote country. Enter Panjshanbe Bazaar, regularly mentioned on lists […]

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Khojand - Lenin Statue

Tajik Adventures, Part 2: Khujand, Where Lenin Is Bad

Once upon a time, there was a country named Soviet Union. It was known, among other things, for its adoration of the great Vladimir Ilyich Lenin; its peculiar conception of art, known as socialist realism, and its insistence on making such art omnipresent in the lives of its citizens; its obsession with WW2 and its slightly distorted historical […]

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Tajik Souvenir

Tajik Adventures, Part 1: Survival Guide

Get ready for a series of travel stories from all over Central Asia, starting with Tajikistan! One could argue that this is really “Part 2”, as I’ve already recounted my lunch in a colorful Dushanbe restaurant here. Back then, the title of the article (“I Ate Dinner in a Tajik Hellhole”, which by the way was not chosen by […]

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Karlovy Vary Wafers

Czech Impressions: Karlovy Vary

This is actually not the first time I’m writing about Karlovy Vary, formerly known as Carlsbad. A few months ago, I wrote an article on MUNCHIES about one of the things the town is famous for: Becherovka, the herbal medication that became a liqueur without loosing its atrocious taste. But there’s more! As a spa town, of course […]

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Prague - Mala Strana - Lokál

Czech Impressions: Lunching in Prague like a Tourist

Our gastro-tour of Prague resumes, albeit on a smaller scale. So far, we’ve tried the city’s fine dining options, both traditional and modern. Yet between these feasts, we need to grab bites for lunch. With Prague’s central district being overcrowded with tourists, this is easy and difficult at the same time. Easy because you can find […]

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La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise

Czech Impressions: La Dégustation Bohême Bourgeoise

To continue our gastronomical tour of Prague, after the Blue Duckling, we’re heading to the Jewish Quarter for a dinner at La Dégustation Bohême Bourgeoise, one of only two restaurants in Czech Republic to have a Michelin star (the other one is Alcron, which serves an “international” menu). It’s also one of the only establishments, or […]

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Kiev - Lesya Ukrainka Boulevard - Varenichnaya Restaurant

Ukrainian Snapshot: 10 hours in Kiev, August 2012

Ah, the good old days of Aerosvit! New York-Kiev non-stop in a mere 10 hours, on a plane with nearly non-existent entertainment but at a reasonable price. I’ve used Kiev as a stopover on many trips, spending anywhere from a few hours to a few days there before heading on to Azerbaijan, Georgia, Uzbekistan, or […]

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