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Eastern Europe Travel

A (Small) Dash of Soviet Nostalgia

Ryan O'Rourke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Ryan O'Rourke

Jolted back to life by the screeching of iron, I quickly sat up in my bunk and glanced through the foggy window of my Soviet-era train at an ever-slowing blur of Cyrillic letters. In mere moments I would finally step into the mysterious capital of Belarus, the notorious "last dictatorship in Europe."

The Dangers of Patriotism in Serbia

Deborah Schoeberlein | Posted 03.18.2013 | Travel
Deborah Schoeberlein

Hotel lobbies are strange places, and the canned music they play can be even stranger. But, sometimes, the juxtaposition of place, time and melody combines and hits a target deep inside the heart triggering explosive thoughts.

Lithuania's Shockingly Hip Scene

Bart van Poll | Posted 03.11.2013 | Travel
Bart van Poll

The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, is full of beautiful but touristy highlights. Where do the locals hang out? Where do they drink their coffee or tea and eat their lunch or dinner?