Tag: Destinations

Guatemala: the land of eternal springtime

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Guatemala: the land of eternal springtime

People commonly describe Guatemala as “the land of eternal spring.” And rightly so. Exuberant displays of orange and violet bougainvilleas greet people year-round. The word Guatemala comes from the indigenous Mayan-Toltec word Quauhtemalla, meaning “land of many trees,” and, indeed our northern biosphere is part of one of the largest in this hemisphere. Los numeros […]

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It’s the perfect time to discover unforgettable Ukraine

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
It’s the perfect time to discover unforgettable Ukraine

By Natalia Holub First secretary, Embassy of Ukraine If you have never visited Ukraine, you are missing a wonderful and an unforgettable experience. Although it is Europe’s largest country, Ukraine has yet to be discovered by tourists. This may soon change, however, as Ukraine and its next-door neighbour Poland have been chosen as joint hosts […]

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Albania’s story: sun, sea and antiquity

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Albania’s story: sun, sea and antiquity

By Elida Petoshati Ambassador of Albania As a diplomat, I have had the privilege of travelling the world, getting to know places, cultures and civilizations that have enriched my life. Albania remains my first love. Wherever I go, I always return as if for the first time, eager discover it again and again. The country […]

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My Zulu love letter says: ‘Embrace the exuberance of South Africa’

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
My Zulu love letter says: ‘Embrace the exuberance of South Africa’

My South Africa is the white man in his ML500 stopping to tow to a nearby petrol station the broken-down car of a young black mother and child stuck in traffic. It is the successful accountant who works for a global conglomerate and returns to Langa, the township he grew up in, to run Saturday […]

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A tale of two capitals of culture: Tallinn and Turku

| December 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
A tale of two capitals of culture: Tallinn and Turku

“What role can singing play when a nation is faced with annihilation by its neighbours? Can culture hold a people together?” So asks The Singing Revolution, a documentary film made in 2006 by James and Maureen Trusty about how the tiny nation of Estonia ultimately sang itself free. To get to the essence of Estonia, […]

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