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Shiraz, the city of wine in Iran

After Tehran and Isfahan, let’s keep discovering this incredible country, Iran, with the city of Shiraz, in the south of the country. I heard before that Shiraz is the city in Iran known for its poets, its literature, its gardens… And its wine! Known for its wine!? In a country where importing, selling and consuming […]

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Isfahan, half of the world

“Hello! Are you a football player?” This one too, I heard it several times before, but in Ispahan we broke all the records! I was asked this question several times a day! After visiting Tehran, I went to Isfahan, in the middle of the country. Isfahan means “half of the world”. I did my research […]

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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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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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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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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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Visit of Austin in Texas

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My visit of Austin in Texas was a lot different than what I was expecting. We all have those images and prejudices about Texas. Over there, they’re all cowboys, Texas is a giant desert where it’s scorching outside and there’s nothing there apart from three or four big cities, all the Texans are close-minded, not […]

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Visit of Trento in Italy

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When tourists decide to visit Italy, they usually go to Rome. Then it varies depending on the people : Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Sicily… But few people go visit Trento in Italy! Truthfully speaking, I didn’t even know the existence of this city before going there. But I had the opportunity to go to Trento for […]

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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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Visit of Malacca City

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Malaysia is clearly the kind of country you have to go to if you want to relax. Admittedly there’s Kuala Lumpur, the capital of the country, but otherwise it’s possible to relax almost anywhere in the country. In Langkawi, you can spend some time chilling on the beach. George Town is the second largest city […]

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Luang Prabang : temples, monks and drugs

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“Opium, ecstasy, weed, MDMA, mushrooms… My friends, you can have whatever you like!“ This is one of the first sentences I heard when I arrived in Laos, before reaching Luang Prabang. I left Chiang Rai in Thailand in the morning, we stopped one night in a village in Laos to spend the night, before hitting […]

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Visit of the Kuang Si Falls, Laos

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During my stay in Luang Prabang, I kept hearing about a place, again and again. An unmissable. A place I had to see, Kuang Si Falls. “Daaaaaamn I visited Kuang Si Falls yesterday, it was wonderful! Man, just go, you’re gonna love it, it’s sooo beautiful!” Not just travelers, the manager of my hostel also […]

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