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Georgia: ancient cave town to mountaintop church

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Mount Kazbegi. (Photo by Hikersbay)

“My lasting memory of Sighnaghi is, without a doubt, the relaxed stupor the place lured me into. This is aside from the layers of juxtaposing splendor afforded by the combination of adorable architecture, unspoiled fields and assertive mountains.”

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Georgia: architecture, wine and murderous dictators

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Tbilisi, Georgia
Tbilisi, Georgia. Image by Kyrylo Kholopkin

“We stood with mouths agape. Alas, no light was to be shed on the very odd spectacle to which we had just borne witness.”

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Almaty: high in the birthplace of the apple

in Society/Travel
Almaty mountains. (Public domain photo)
Almaty mountains. (Public domain photo)

“A friend… was going to fly back to his adoptive home in China via Almaty in Kazakhstan. This, of course, left me with no choice but to procure my very own Aeroflot tickets and to join him on his discovery of this mystical land seldom travelled to.”

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Confusing, intriguing, surprising Minsk

in Society/Travel
Minsk, Belarus. (Photo: public domain)
Minsk, Belarus. (Photo: public domain)

“It surpassed all my expectations and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone for a city break, not even just to a communist history geek like myself.”

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Armenia and its revolution of hope

in Opinion/Politics
Yerevan, Armenia. (Photo: public domain)
Yerevan, Armenia. (Photo: public domain)

“What are the words one uses to describe something that they thought would never happen? Something that just weeks ago would have been laughed at as unrealistic?”

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Review: Bridge of Spies

in Culture / Entertainment/Movies/Reviews

Steven Spielberg’s latest movie stars Tom Hanks as an Atticus Finch-type character defending a marginalized person in American society: in this case a suspected Soviet spy in the Cold War era. You can catch the movie at Leipzig’s Luru Kino tonight.

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