Monthly Archive: September 2014

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Notes on a Weekend Trip to Sarajevo






A few vague recollections before a proper post appears: A 12-hour bus ride through the night isn’t as bad as it sounds, and will arrive an hour early The taxi driver at the bus station will overcharge sleepy foreigners, but they are too tired to care Sarajevo Roses are scattered...

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Exploring Prague: Oblivious in Zizkov






Being oblivious is underrated. Obliviousness makes me miss the one thing I wanted to see. Or I pay twice as much for a meal that’s half as good. Sometimes, though, I end up in ridiculous positions that are a delight to experience. So it was in Prague. Venturing around the...

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Wild Europe: Perceptions of the Balkans and the East






Travel writing appeals to me because it’s possible to be honest and sincere, yet write something ignorant and vapid. That tension, and the problems it reveals, makes travel writing a sociological lens for perceptions and assumptions about foreign countries. London, Paris, and Rome, for example, have mythical qualities and romantic...

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Another Castle in Moravia: Helfštýn






Castles intrude upon most of my trips. I don’t plan to visit, but a friend always drags me along. After a handful, they blur together like cathedrals. Not being Catholic, the cathedrals come off to me as beautiful (sometimes), but pompous and slightly shameful. At least with a castle I get a...