Old City, Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia: A Great Little City

Derek Slovakia 43 Comments

Last week I spent four days in Bratislava, Slovakia. It’s a small capital city, very small, in fact, with a population of only 450,000 or so. It’s the kind of city that always feels like a town, with a relaxed atmosphere and a lack of things such as heavy city noise, maniacal traffic or crowded streets. Take a stroll along …

Bucharest, Romania

What It’s Like To Live In Bucharest, Romania

Derek Romania 202 Comments

While it is true that I tend to speak positively about almost every destination I visit, there’s a simple explanation for that. My views about a particular city, or even country, have little to do with the tourist attractions that may or may not exist or about the number of chances to take stunning photos that I may have during …

Beirut, Lebanon

The Day I Was Followed By A Secret Agent In Beirut

Derek Lebanon, Travel Tales 107 Comments

Standing at the reception desk of the shabby, low-budget Al-Shabaa Hotel in the Gemmayze neighborhood of Beirut, there was little I could do when the hotel owner informed me that the single room I had booked was no longer available. He apologized several times as he explained that due to the Eid al-Adha holiday, the city was overflowing with travelers …