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Azerbaijan’s Province — Shaki

04 October, 2013 I woke up to thick fog of the Caucasian mountains. I could see no mountains through, the air was pregnant with rain, and humidity pressed on my lungs. I had good breakfast at the guest house and received a word of advice not to go to mountains in this weather; I had [...]

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“Goldfinch” — Pulitzer Prize for Ordinary Work

“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt snatched the Pulitzer in 2013. “A masterpiece” (The Times), “Superb” (Daily Mail), “Heart-rending” (Vogue), “A gripping page-turner” (Independent on Sunday) — are some of the praise it received in the media.

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Maastricht for a Vacation? Worth it!

If you are not afraid of the rain, like cycling and safety in your travels, The Netherlands has a lot to offer for you as a tourist. Having lived for 1 year in Oxford and for almost 4 years in Amsterdam, I am not such a big fan of rain, but I happened to be [...]

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Shahdag ski resort of Azerbaijan: a nice weekend trip

“Show off” Mixed feelings took hold of me when I visited the Shahdag Wintersport Resort nearby Gusar, a town in Azerbaijan near the Russian border. There are many reviews on the Internet, and many are negative, mostly because of the atmosphere of chaos and crowded bazaar at the point of ski rental and at the [...]

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