And now for something completely different: Most of my blog entries deal with travels and tourist spots. The moon is not (yet) such a destination. However, the 2018 lunar eclipse was a worthwile enough event for taking pictures and sharing them with you.
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While some nations did tear down their walls by the end of the last century, some countries remain in medieval spirit. Building walls to protect the homeland is not only famous in North Korea and Hungary. The state of Israel also has erected a big concrete structure that just sits there waiting for graffiti artists from around the world.
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Here are my ten most fancy passport stamps. I re-discovered them today in my old documents and decided to post some of the fancier passport pages here. Every stamp and visa has a story of its own to tell.
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Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the visit to the Panama Canal was like an immersion into the recent past where technology and a pioneering spirit shaped a new, industrialized world. There are plenty of fascinating books and documentary videos out there, describing the effort in building the canal.
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A handful of countries partially recognize the Republic of Abkhazia. Fighting for independence from Georgia, this beautiful area features not only beaches and palm trees but also some open scars from several conflicts in recent years. In Soviet times, Abkhazia was considered the “Red Riviera”. A relatively mild climate drew in tourists from all the former republics behind the iron curtain. The towns of Sukhumi, Novy Afon, and Gagra still feature a lot of health spas in various states of decay.
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