• Macedonia

    Skopje – city of Mother Teresa

    When strolling by the Vardar River, passing under the arches of the Stone Bridge, regarding the medieval and 1970s buildings and taking pictures of the smiling children, you realize that Skopje will remain a puzzle. Even, perhaps, forever. The strange things is, that even after visiting this city – you can’t say you loved it or not. History offers little help in finding the solution. The Capital City of the Republic of Macedonia, a modern administrative, trade and cultural centre of the state, has twice rose up like a Phoenix, after two catastrophic earthquakes in 518 AD and in 1963. Although lot of human lives and material goods were lost,…

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    Switzerland

    The scariest bar in the World – with “Alien” movie decorations

    We are not sure, that after visiting this bar, in a medieval town of Gruyères in Switzerland – you will sleep calmly. Fantasy is a tricky thing and spending evening in a company of aliens can be one of the reasons for a sleepless night. On the other hand, if you love stories about other galaxies or just extreme things – that’s a perfect place. Interior of the bar is based on the epic movie “Alien” (1979). Gruyères – sweet little mountain village has one unexpected attraction. Swiss artist’s H.R. Giger museum and bar. In 1980 he won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for his participation in the film…

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    Latvia

    Ala in Riga: good basement for good beers

    Even though we believe that Vilnius is a true Baltic diamond, majority of travellers choose to fully wring their holidays out and visit three sister-counties at once. If you are one of those and Riga is on your to-do list, make sure to add folk club Ala as one of the ‘must’ places as well. Situated in Riga’s Old Town, it is the place to try national Latvian cuisine and even more importantly – local beers. Ala, meaning ‘cave’ in Latvian, is a shrine to local cultural heritage, filled with ancient symbols (the chandelier in the main hall depicts sun and has nothing to do with nazis), massive wooden furniture…

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    Opinions & Other Stories

    The Role Of Open Data In Choosing Neighborhood

    To what extent is it important to get familiar with our environment? If we think about how the world surrounding us has changed throughout the years, it is not so unreasonable that, while walking to work, we might encounter some new little shops, restaurants, or gas stations we had never noticed before. Likewise, how many times did we wander about for hours just to find green spaces for a run? And the only one we noticed was even more polluted than other urban areas! Citizens are not always properly informed about the evolution of the places they live in. And that is why it would be crucial for people to…

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    Bulgaria

    Act as local: some tips and tricks that will make your live (and parties) in Bulgaria easier

    Sofia’s and Black Sea’s accommodation scene has been transformed by a rash of hotel building in recent years, and there is now a big choice in all categories. And this is happening only because this Balkan country is attracting more and more attention from international tourist. Rather cheap prices, comparing with Western Europe, mild climate, rich history and even richer cuisine makes Bulgaria a perfect holiday destination. But before going there, you have to know few things, without which you will not survive. Or… your survival will be a lot more difficult. The first thing that any visitor to Bulgaria needs to know is that “yes” is indicated by a…