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Ukraine: visiting Odessa

By | January 11th, 2020|

The pearl of the Black Sea Odessa, sometimes also called the "pearl of the Black Sea" and "Southern Palmyra" is a major tourism center, seaport and transport hub located on the northwestern shore of the Black Sea. Once, Odessa was a Greek, Tatar, Russian city. Now, with its a bit more than 1 million inhabitants, Odessa is the [...]

Exploring Moldova and Transdnistria

By | January 8th, 2020|

Why Moldova? In September 2019 we spent three or four days in Moldova followed by three days in Odessa, Ukraine. Why Moldova? We are big fans of the off-the-beaten-track destinations and Moldova is a relatively remote country in the middle of Europe very much neglected by the tourists. Besides, it has a growing wine-tourism industry and those who know [...]

Uzbekistan: a short summary for your trip

By | January 4th, 2020|

Our “babymoon” destination this autumn was Uzbekistan, rather an unexpected choice for expecting parents, but as we were dreaming of going to the Central Asia since quite a long time, we decided to turn our wishes into reality without further delay and had a wonderful trip for the two of us. Luckily, I tolerated the [...]

Exploring Uzbekistan: Bukhara

By | January 3rd, 2020|

Bukhara is another jem which you shouldn’t miss on your trip to Uzbekistan. It is only 1,5 hours away from Samarkand and its international airport offers many options for you flying in or out of the country. We flew from Bukhara (over Moscow) back to Berlin.  Bukhara embraces about 140 architectural monuments and its historic center was [...]

Uzbekistan: exploring Samarkand

By | December 31st, 2019|

Samarkand, prospering from its location on the Silk Road, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Central Asia; some theories propose that it was founded between the 8th and 7th centuries B.C. Modern Samarkand is a thriving tourist center well connected with Tashkent and Bukhara by the railways and providing a variety of accommodations and restaurants to [...]

Uzbekistan: the Fergana Valley

By | December 28th, 2019|

The Fergana Valley Personally, I know the Fergana Valley because the best dried fruit and nuts sold in Kazan, my home city, come from there. Indeed, the Fergana Valley is the most fertile area in Uzbekistan and in the southern part of Central Asia, that’s why it became the agricultural heartland in the region. The Fergana Valley [...]

Uzbekistan: Exploring Tashkent

By | December 23rd, 2019|

Tashkent Tashkent, the capital and the cultural and economic center of Uzbekistan, is home to more than four million people, which makes it the largest city in Central Asia. In 1966, a heavy earthquake destroyed a significant part of Tashkent, especially the old part of the city. Tashkent was completely restored by multiple architects [...]

Colombia: before you go

By | November 17th, 2019|

Currency The current rate (17 November 2019) of COP (Colombian peso) is: 1 EUR = 3810 COP, 1 USD = 3447 COP. 1 Colombian peso = 100 centavo The symbol for COP is $, what looks very similar (or identical?) to the USD’s sign $. Some taxi scammers use this similarity to trick unexperienced tourists, so be careful when paying [...]

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