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Tehran the persian city

“You’re going to Iran in August? Are you fuckin crazy? You’re gonna die of heat! If I were you, I wouldn’t go… I’d wait a little bit… September or October, it seems better…” I heard those kind of remarks a lot before getting in Tehran (heard this in Chisinau, in Odessa, in Tbilisi…). But I […]

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How to pick a good hostel?

Being constantly on the road. Pack, unpack your bag. Take the train/bus/a flight. New city, sometimes new country. And everytime a new roof over your head, a new hostel, a new environment, new faces. We don’t have any control over some aspects of the hostels we’re about to stay at, I’m thinking about the people […]

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How to avoid travelers’ diarrhea?

We don’t have figures illustrating this phenomenon (I can get it, knowing what I’m talking about), but I can tell one thing : travelers’ diarrhea, also called the runs, hits almost every long term traveler, but also people just going on holidays for two or three weeks, usually in developing countries. Some countries have the […]

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Yerevan, a french city in Armenia

“So… You’re french? – Yes. – Why are you coming here, in Armenia? – For tourism. – You come from France and you want to visit… Armenia!!!??? – Huh… Yeah I want to visit Yerevan. – All right… Oh I get it, you come here to visit friends who live in Yerevan right? – No […]

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Under the sun of Batumi, Georgia

I didn’t plan to go to Batumi. The original plan was to go to Caucasus, starting with Georgia and its capital, Tbilisi. And from there go straight to Armenia. But I had been hearing the name Batumi for quite some time. “Are you going to Georgia? Go to Batumi!” “Batumi is awesome!” “Where are you […]

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Staying in Tbilisi, Georgia

Aaaah… It feels so damn good to not be stared at like a circus freak! I’m definitely not in Ukraine anymore! Here in Tbilisi, people clearly don’t give a fuck, they just go about their business. Some people stare at me (it’s normal!) but that’s it. Some teens ask for a high five, but nothing […]

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Is Eastern Europe safe for black people?

At first this article was supposed to be called “Is Eastern Europe safe?”. But slowly, this blog gets more and more readers (yesss! :D), and now I get messages on occasion from people I don’t know. Lately, the messages I got were among those lines “Hey! What you’re doing right now, that’s cool! It takes […]

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Odessa the pearl of the Black Sea

I don’t really have good memories of Kiev, where I spent five days. The highlight of the trip was the day I spent in Chernobyl. It really blew me away, and just for this, I didn’t regret my trip to Kiev. Thus I was a little disheartened about my next trip, to Odessa. In Kiev, […]

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Visiting Chernobyl

Pripyat, does that sound familiar to you? I’m not sure… What about Chernobyl? Yes, now I think you know what I’m talking about. Pripyat is the city where occured the Chernobyl disaster, in April 1986. Even though it’s very hard to say exactly how it impacted the population (in Ukraine and overseas), the Chernobyl disaster […]

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Kiev cold capital of Ukraine

Just like in Moldova, my stay in Kiev didn’t start out well. The customs officers are used to see in front of them hundreds of passengers. They quickly watch each passport, stamp them, “Next!” and so forth… 30 seconds maximum per passenger. Then comes my turn… The customs officer literally stays 15 minutes with my […]

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The reverse culture shock after returning home

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Going back home, in your country, in your city, after a long trip is not as easy as it looks. Very often, we talk about how hard it is to quit your job, leave everything behind and travel the world. It’s true, the hardest part when it comes to long-term travel is actually leaving your […]

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Japan travel tips : things to know before you go

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When you arrive in Japan, you feel like you’re landing on another planet. Everything is so different from home! But at the same time, Japan still fascinates a lot of people. In fact, millions of people visit Japan every year. A lot of them are a bit lost when they get there because they don’t […]

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Being black in Japan

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What is it like, being black in Japan? Before getting to Japan, I heard that the Japanese are rather close-minded, that they don’t accept the fact that foreigners are coming to invade their territory, and basically that the Japanese are racists. But, at the same time, I was also hearing a lot of beautiful things […]

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Sexual frustration in Japan

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Are the Japanese sexually frustrated? I think so. I know a lot of Japanophile won’t agree with me. They’ll say that I cannot understand this culture so different from ours anyway. They’ll say it’s easy to think the Japanese are sexually frustrated after spending only three weeks in the country. They’ll say that by staying […]

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Visit of Osaka

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Osaka is often overlooked by the Western tourists. That’s a shame, they don’t know what they’re missing. I loved my visit of Osaka. It’s not a city-museum like Kyoto, there are probably less things to do in Osaka, but I loved the vibe, the atmosphere of Osaka during my visit. For instance, Japanese are usually […]

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Visit of Kyoto in three days

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I didn’t really know what to expect when I decided to visit Kyoto, the capital of Japan from 794 to 1868. It’s not a huge megalopolis like Tokyo, but it’s not a small town either, like Kobe or Nara. In fact, Kyoto has a population of 1.5 million, but the vibe is not the same […]

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Kobe and Nara day trips

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There are so many things to see in Japan… This country keeps enthralling its visitors. After discovering Tokyo and Hiroshima, I decided to visit Kobe and Nara in the center of Japan. Kobe and Nara are two medium-sized cities in Japan, and you can visit them quickly. Indeed, most tourists do day trips to Kobe […]

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Hiroshima and Miyajima

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After visiting Tokyo, Hiroshima seems to be a very quiet city. There’s a lot less noise, less people, less cars, less activity… We’re far from the constant noise and the crowd of the Japanese capital. So I decided to visit Hiroshima and Miyajima, an island very close to Hiroshima. I heard a lot of good […]

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Visit of Tokyo

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I wanted to tell you guys that visiting Tokyo is impressive, but to be fairly honest, it’s an euphemism. You’re literally landing on another planet when you arrive in Japan, and people usually start their stay in Tokyo, the capital of Japan! Visiting Tokyo might seem destabilizing : you find yourself in a 14-millions inhabitants […]

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South Korea : things to know before you go

South Korea is a very interesting country to visit. Indeed, the culture and the traditions are very different from our Western standards, and you leave the country enriched from your visit. What may seem obvious for us might not be that evident for them, and what may seem impolite for us might be completely normal […]

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