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A tale of two cities: Mitrovica

Welcome back to the spaceship:) This week I am going to stick to Kosovo again. Well according to 112/197  members of the UN, the other 85 will say it is still Serbia. You can call it whatever you like. The Kosovo-Serbia topic, debate, discussion, pissing contest has been going on for nearly 20 years. The city of Mitrovica is one of the most contested parts, if not the most. The majority of the events leading…

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Couchsurfing Rybnitsa edition!

I’ve been a member of couchsurfing since about 2010/2011 . It has been one of the best things I have ever done. I started really using it when I was in France studying abroad. I continued to use it ever since for hosting, surfing and meet ups. While many people think it is just a free way to stay somewhere, I have to say it is more than that. Most of the places I travel…

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Getting the space cadet to Tiraspol

My trip to Transnistria had a  major hiccup in the way of getting there. The weather! I mentioned in the article before that I was jaded with Prague winter and that was how I decided to make a field trip a bit south. I knew I wasn’t going somewhere that south on the Adriatic sea, but I thought it might be a tad bit milder than Prague. I was in for a surprise. I checked…

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Let’s go somewhere that doesn’t legally exist!

Earlier this year, I was having a major mental block when it came to writing and doing research for my master’s thesis that I should have completed months before. I would get to something cool, then discover it was useless or another exhaustive study was already done. I would also lose focus and decide to watch a series of documentaries about something completely unrelated or make some stupid excuse to do something else. I was…

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