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Ohrid

Going on, on my trip traveling countries that arguably, maybe, should not even exist, I wonder still more, what the deal with nation-states is. Macedonia, or as it is recently been renamed, north-Macedonia is my next destination to stop at. Really it should be called the Republic of Northern Macedonia.…

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Moldova & Transnistria

When someone mentions Moldova usually someone will mention that the people in this young and small country are the unhappiest on the planet. Although recent surveys do no longer support this claim, Moldavians are arguably still not a happy bunch. That being said, this landlocked country has its charms. The…

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Venice

Perfectly imperfect were the first words that came to mind, when I arrived in Venice by train. The cracks and crannies in the pastel-colored buildings seem all too perfect. Reflections of the intricately designed facades and ornaments are almost too perfect. The setting sun doing its part in the scenarios…

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Krka & Dubrovnik

When it comes to traveling for a longer time, I have to admit that I get tired of certain things, resulting in me trying to figure out which sights to skip, in order not to run out of patience and/or money. Short-term travelers, condescendingly sometimes called holiday-goers, have the same…

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Split & Šibenik

After a long and exhausting week for many of you who are at home, working, grafting, toiling away, I finally enter the weekend. Getting away from Split, which is like another Disneyland for tourists, I am in Šibenik. Šibenik is the oldest settlement at the coast in Croatia and less…

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Mostar

Recently a new word makes the rounds amongst backpackers, holiday goers, and people living in touristic hotspots: over-tourism. it usually means a place infested by visitors. When the touristic success of a spot becomes great to the point where locals feel exhausted by the streams of the masses. Mostar could…

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Bosnia & Herzegowina

The atrocities of the siege of Sarajevo have left scars still visible today. For instant in the form of bullet holes covering facades. Certainly, there are also less visible scars that have remained, as one easily feels when talking to people about the conflict that ravaged the Balkans. Many of…

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Užice & Tara national park

After a brief and inexpensive bus-tour brought me to the southern regions of Serbia. Uzice is another very historical place. Tito’s career apparently took its start here. However, the reason why most people come here is to use it as a venture point into the beautiful Tara national park. Uzice…

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Sarajevo - Besieged Capital

Belgrade (Belograd) The white city has been ridden by conflict throughout most of its history. The plentitude of architectural styles hints at the many cycles of destruction and rebuilding this settlement has endured. Visiting this lively spot today makes for an exciting trip into the past, but it also unveils…

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Plitvice Lakes and Falls

When I left the Falls of Plitvica I did so with mixed feelings. It is always nice to meet people who have their heart at the right spot, hence it is always slightly bitter to leave them behind. Plus, Melanie and Giu gave me their view of Zagreb, and they…

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