Herzegovina – Where to Go If…

1. … if you like mysterious places Necropolis Radimlja (3 km west of Stolac) – with medieval tombstones (stećci) of Bogomils. Bogomilism was a sect created in the 10th century in Bulgaria and spread in the whole Balkans. The Bogomils… (READ MORE)

21st of March – See You in Persepolis!

It is the 21st of March, let’s say: year 499 BC. In Persepolis, preparations for the New Year celebrations (Nowruz) are culminating. Delegations which arrived to greet their king Darius I. and brought him precious gifts from their home lands… (READ MORE)

Bukhara – The Spirit of Trade Still Alive

Walking through the narrow streets of the old town, we almost felt the atmosphere from the past when the trade was very active here. Although only three of the nine original domed bazaars (toqi) still exist. Their gates were so… (READ MORE)

Bukhara – An Important Crossroad on the Silk Road

We went to Bukhara by car with our sleepy driver. In Samarkand, every time we came back from visiting a sight, we found him sleeping on the lowered seats. Now, during the whole drive we tried to keep a dialogue… (READ MORE)

Lent – Herring Salad and the Ceremony of Humility

At the beginning of Lent, people in Vienna traditionally eat herring salad. Before I give you a recipe for that dish, I would like to write something about another tradition connected with this period of the year which was kept… (READ MORE)

8 Jewels of Samarkand You Should Visit

When the driver of a minivan met us late in the night at the railway station in Samarkand, we did not think at all that he is a bear whom we just woke up from the winter sleep. Next morning… (READ MORE)

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