#54: Baku & The Land of Fire, Azerbaijan

My trip to Georgia was followed by the discovery of the so called Land of Fire: Azerbaijan. “The Land of Fire is a phrase in the Azerbaijani language and an ancient Azerbaijani cultural concept that denoted either the entire Azerbaijan’s geographical land or the metaphysical realm of mortals, and later became associated with political sovereignty and cultural symbolism.”…

The Real (Unexpected) Saudi Arabia – Part I

“There is nothing in Saudi Arabia, why would you go there?” “It is too dangerous there and women are not respected, don’t go!” etc. People talk, and talk nonsense without then really understanding what is really happening on the ground. A lot has to do with media portraying Saudi Arabia (or the Arab world) in…

High Five, Lebanon! #50

I’ve been completely busy with work and travels that I could write about my 50th Country only now. Magic Beirut surprised me at every corner: the culture is so close to the one in Italy, that I felt completely at home. People are nice and friendly, although you may find a lot of them that…

Sharjah: The Beautiful And Most Conservative Emirate

We always link the word Emirates to Dubai or Abu Dhabi, while there is a lot to discover while in the UAE. I got fascinated by the simplicity of one specific place: the Emirate of Sharjah. The UAE is composed of 7 Emirates: Abu Dhabi (The Capital), Dubai, Fujairah, Sharjah, Ras Al-Khaima, Umm Al-Quawin. We…

A taste of Country N°43: Welcome to Tehran!

Iran: how many people have misconceptions about specific countries? Too many, and Iran is one of the countries on that list. I honestly had not the time to visit it around, and just focused my short trip to Tehran, the capital. Therefore, I am not in a position to talk about pros and cons, however…

Why Visiting Budapest During Winter Can Be A Surprise

Not ready yet for the countdown, however welcome country N. 42: Budapest, Hungary. It was literally freezing, with only -5°,  -6° C. If I would have got to chose to go there in summer, and not in winter, I would have done it… though I would have lost all this magic beauty around, that surprised…