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Let me illustrate to you – (I)Legitimate government

When does a certain government begin to lose its legitimacy? It happens at the exact moment when the government itself does not abide by the rules of the system. When it starts to deceive and... Brainwashing, intimidation, stereotypes

“Free of charge” – by the state

When the state tells you that it provides something for free, it’s the same as if the fridge offers to buy you lunch. If nobody puts food in the fridge, nothing will come out of... The state never gives anything for free

A journey around Christmas and two New Year’s Eves in 15 days

Macedonia is “the land of the holidays”. Citizens of this small Balkan country love to celebrate with friends and family in a lively atmosphere round full tables. With about twenty public and religious holidays it... Happy New Year and a Merry Christmas
Mastika, Ouzo or Raki – That is the question!

Mastika, Ouzo or Raki – That is the question!

I was sitting in a barroom, eating Greek salad and was finishing my second mastika. It was one of the last days of this long warm summer. While I was thinking of starting this text,... drinks that only exist in this part of the world
Mountaineers are artists in quest for beauty

Mountaineers are artists in quest for beauty

Starry skies rise high above the mountain. With each passing second the stars seem to move further away from us, but closer for the group of mountaineers who are climbing on the mountain. With each...
Cartoons from our childhood in the Republic of Macedonia and Greece

Cartoons from our childhood in the Republic of Macedonia and Greece

Cartoons take us back into the past like a time machine, reminding us of our youth and carefree childhood. Such is the power of cartoons. Some of those animated characters, like Tom and Jerry or...
A trip in Antep style

A trip in Antep style

I vaguely remember Gaziantep, as I had visited the city for business purposes almost a decade ago. What remains in my head is rather an archeollogical legend, Zeugma; than sillouette of the city. At the... Coffee, baklava and museums
The district of Monastiraki: Athenian history at a glance

The district of Monastiraki: Athenian history at a glance

“If you stand at the centre of Monastiraki Square and take a 360 degrees look around you, you get a pretty full representation of the Athenian past and present facing you from within only a...
Ortaköy – It’s time for pleasure while facing the Bosphorus

Ortaköy – It’s time for pleasure while facing the Bosphorus

It is winter in Istanbul... Occasionally, as if it is in a hurry to enter the new year… Shrewish, cold winds of december stroke Ortaköy with love, which is one of the pearl shores of...

The magic colours of autumn

Autumn is one of the most beautiful and most romantic seasons. This season has a unique and magical glow. Yellow leaves rustling under your feet make every walk more enjoyable especially the ones that make... An autumn idyll painted in yellow