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Mundaca: entre el mar y el cielo

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Summertime lethargy of Slettnes lighthouse

On Norway’s northeast end, where East and West silently meet, present day Finnmark county –the largest and less populated– was for centuries land of the sami, called finnar (finns) by the Norge. Its coastline measures almost seven thousand kilometres (including the islands), i.e. approximately the same as from Madrid to here. If all that shore could … Continue reading »

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Por el muy vascuence corazón de Vizcaya

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Between two worlds

. Coming from Latvia, my first impressions about Estonia were: this is really where Scandinavia begins; this, and not the Gulf of Finland, is Eastern Europe’s true north border; Estonia isn’t actually a Baltic state but a nordic country — or at least something in between both worlds. On one hand, crossing this border means to … Continue reading »

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Lithuania connection.

. It’s been hot and humid for the past few weeks, and I’m riding on a shirt; I know it’s risky, but then… what isn’t? Every day in our lives we’re deciding, mostly without realizing it, which pleasures we’re willing to give up for our safety’s sake? Even with the right garment, isn’t a motorcycle … Continue reading »

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Sejny, border lands

  Chance has had it so that, aiming for a secondary border crossing to Lithuania from Bialystok (where I stayed the last few days), I ended up in the small town of Sejny (ten kilometres away from the Baltic country) the very day of their local annual holiday. It’s been fun to watch the parade … Continue reading »

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¿Qué fue del condicional?

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Repression in Ukraine: languacide of Russian

These are some facts: A) According to annual surveys by the Ukrainian Institute of Sociology (of the National Academy of Sciences) throughout 1994 to 2005: 1.- Average 36% of the Ukrainian population are native Russian speakers. 2.- Average 34% of the population speak mainly Russian in family (at home), while 26% speak both Russian and Ukrainian. … Continue reading »

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