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Things to do in Batumi

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 about all the things to do in Batumi, how great the city was. “Are you going to Georgia? Go to Batumi!” […]

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What to do in Tbilisi

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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Visit to 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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3 days in Kiev

Just like in Moldova, my 3 days 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 […]

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Day trip to Orheiul Vechi in Moldova

Quick article about the afternoon I spent in Orheiul Vechi in Moldova. During the five days I spent in Moldova, I looked for what I could do in the country, not too far from Chisinau, the capital city, where I was staying. Since there wasn’t much to do in Chisinau… I already had the wine […]

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3 days in Chisinau

My 3 days in Chisinau didn’t start out well… As soon as I got off the bus, after a 6-hour ride from Bucharest to Chisinau, three young guys called me out from the opposite sidewalk. I just ignored them and kept walking. Not even two minutes later, four other guys in a car slowed down […]

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Visit to the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest

The palace of the Parliament is a must see when you go to Bucharest. It’s the world’s second largest administrative building, after the Pentagon. It’s also the most expensive administrative building and the heaviest building in the world. And honestly, when you visit it, you understand why the palace of the parliament holds all this […]

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3 days in Bucharest

I was about to spend 3 days in Bucharest, and I didn’t know what to expect. Romanians don’t really have a good reputation in France, at least in Paris. Just to make sure for those who suck in geography, Bucharest is in Romania… Anyway, when we say “Romanian” in Paris, people think about those women […]

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Things to do in Belgrade

As soon as I arrived in Belgrade, the white city, on a Thursday evening, I decided to have a quick walk around my hostel to take the pulse of the city and the atmosphere over there. I wanted to relax before checking the few things to do in Belgrade. I can tell, I wasn’t disappointed. […]

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3 days in Budapest

I still have in mind the words pronouced by a friend of mine a few days before my first trip in Budapest, back in 2010. I was about to spend 3 days in Budapest, and he had been there several times already. “Budapest, it’s the world capital of X-rated movies. And when you take a […]

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2 days in Montreal

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I had been hearing about Montreal for a long time. People kept saying good things about this city. For quite some time, I was telling myself “One day, I’ll go visit Montreal“. The opportunity finally arrived! After visiting New York, I told myself “Why not also visit Montreal? It’s not far…” All right let’s go! […]

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Racism towards black people in Morocco

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“No you cannot stay here, the hotel is fully booked” “But I booked a few days ago, many rooms were available!” “Yeah we can see you have a booking but we made a mistake. Actually there’s not a single room available. You’ll have to go somewhere else“. It never happened to me before, check in […]

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How to use the NYC subway

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This is when I started traveling that I realized how fast, efficient and clear the subway in Paris (my hometown) is. When traveling elsewhere… It immediately gets more complicated! “How to use the New York subway? How does it work? I don’t understand all the signs…” Those are questions many travelers ask themselves and it’s […]

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Visit to the 9/11 memorial

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We all remember what we were doing and where we were when we heard about the September 11th, 2001 attacks. Moreover, in my case, I had the opportunity to see the twin towers with my own eyes in the 1990s… The 9/11 memorial is located exactly where the twin towers were. Underground, there’s also the 9/11 […]

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Visit to Ellis Island museum

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Ellis Island was the entry point the United States for the immigrants coming from all over the world between 1892 and 1954. Most of these immigrants were the Jews persecuted in Europe, looking for a brighter future in the USA. Other immigrants were going to the United States to flee poverty, war, etc. Ellis Island […]

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The black Westerner travel privilege

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I wrote several times on this blog what it’s like traveling while black : going through immigration takes longer, the locals stare at you in some areas of the world, locals who want to get a picture with you, people asking about your origins (“where are you really from?”), the ridiculous comparisons with black celebrities… […]

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Visiting New York for the first time

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New York is probably the most popular city in the United States. People going to the US usually visit New York. Those who’ve never been in the US first think about the things to do in New York, before potentially going to see other cities. Yes, New York hosts more than 60 million tourists every […]

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3 days in Chicago

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I’ve already been to several US cities, but I was often hearing people say “You have to visit Chicago when you go to the US“. I even heard “Chicago is one of the very few US cities where I can see myself moving in“. I thought about it more and more often, and finally, I […]

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Almost stuck in Italy because of coronavirus

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It’s 10:30pm. I’m at the restaurant in Catania, Sicily, in the south of Italy. We’re a big group, about 30 people, the food is delicious, the alcohol is flowing in abundance… We could hear bursts of laughter in the room. The atmosphere is relaxed, we’re having a great time, and damn we eat so well! […]

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3 days in Lisbon

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Lisbon is getting more and more popular and honestly, I understand why. The weather is nice, it’s a dynamic city, the food is delicious, there’s a rich cultural and historical heritage, and of course life is not expensive. Moreover, Lisbon is a beautiful city and people are nice. I spent 3 days in Lisbon and […]

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