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Morocco, Marrakech: “Tailor-made” exoticism.

Well, people do not always define certain terms universally. Let's take "exoticism" for example: Paris is exotic to a man from Argentina, while it definitely isn't to a German. The Arab world is definitely exotic to any so-called westerner, but again in neoliberalish terms, when one thinks of "exotic" Morocco they would imagine romance in... Continue Reading →

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Lithuania: the “Kryžių kalnas” 30.12.2018

Listed as one of the creepiest places on earth, the Hill of Crosses (Kryžių kalnas), is situated about 10 km north of Šiauliai in Lithuania. Why creepy? Well it will not take you a long time to realise; myriads of crosses of all sorts, sizes and carvings, planted into the ground in no particular logic... Continue Reading →

The Russian Matryoshka Doll.

I had always been intrigued by the story behind the Russian Matryoshka dolls: Somehow, somewhere, someone once told me that Matryoshkas had always stood for the heroism and sacrifice of the Russian women during war time, as they stood at the forefront on army expeditions, sacrificing their bodies by stepping onto minefields before the soldiers,... Continue Reading →

Armenia’s Religious Character.

Let me tell you the story of "Saint Gregory the Illuminator" from Armenia. According to the legend, Gregory was born in a very well-off Armenian family. His father killed the Armenian king but also lost his life after that. Gregory’s biographer Agathangelos wrote that after his father’s death, Gregory-still a child-was transferred to, and raised... Continue Reading →

Cairo, Egypt. Café “Riche”.

First time I visited Cairo, I was only eleven. Twenty six years after, I anticipated, being extremely emotional to see if things would look as “big” and exciting as they had before my childhood eyes. You see it was the first time I would ever travel abroad (had crossed the Balkans with mum and dad... Continue Reading →

Why God(s) should be kept alive.

This year I was blessed enough to travel a lot. The compass kept pointing to the East. I knew very well that it was mysticism that took me to Asia as well as what we call: "the cultural gap", that is, this impossibility of deep understanding - despite one's struggle - of the eastern "otherness".... Continue Reading →

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