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This is the second part of the article about Baku
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This is the second part of the article about Baku.
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Neither two sleepless nights preceding the trip, nor the cruel mid-August sun could get on my way to enjoy Baku, a capital of Azerbaijan. This country is one of the three Caucasian countries stretched along the Caucasus Mountains between the Black and Caspian Seas. I've been to another Caucasian country, Georgia, before, and always look forward to again visiting that region where Europe meets Asia. This time around, I had a day-long stopover in Baku, and my obvious choice was to leave the airport and explore the city. I did very little planning upfront, but got lucky to have met a person from my home city Kyiv who had the same flight connection as me. He brought lots of printouts from Google Maps, knew exactly where to go, how to get there, what to see, where to eat and so forth, so I was quite happy when I got his permission to follow him for the day. It turned out that despite the nasty heat we were able to visit quite a few interesting places that I want to share with you.
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My readers know how passionate I am about different subway systems in the world. I would always prefer riding a train over taking a cab if time permits, and truly believe that a subway is the best way to grasp a real city. After living in North America for quite some time and visiting a number of big cities across the globe, I'm always fascinated how good the subway system in my home city Kyiv is. And let there be no air conditioning and public washrooms, trains are too short and too crowded at rush hour, the Metropolitan, as it's called, deserves to be named the most punctual subway system in the world.
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Everyone agreed that September was the hottest month in 2017 in Ontario, Canada. The last weekend was particularly cruel - the mercury was predicted to reach +38 C / 100 F with humidex in Toronto. Clearly, that's kind of weather you don't want to spend in the city, so we decided to head as farther north as possible without exhausting ourselves too much with a long driving. Restoule Provincial Park seemed like a good option considering that not many people would drive 4.5 hours from Toronto to get away from the nasty heat.
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Spending a relatively short stopover at the Riga's airport can be daunting, but you won't be disappointed if you chose to explore the city instead. Even 4 hours between the flights was enough for me to take a quick glimpse of this dazzling city and want to come back. A friend of mine, who was born and raised in Riga, once said that he would consider Vilnius, Tallinn and then Riga in the descending order in terms of beauty and charm. But having visited Vilnius, Lithuania, I would argue that Riga appears to be more alluring that its "elder brother" - Vilnius.
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No river in the United States has had more historical and economical significance than Mississipi River. The "working river" as it's often called for being the main transport artery to move grain and coal over the past 200 years, has also been used as a western frontier of the British colonies and early USA. Mississipi River is a widely used continental divide between the East and the West, and I often hear people say "west of Mississipi" or "east of Mississipi". It is the second longest river in North America (2,350 miles / 3,780 km) that connects Minnesota and 9 other states with the Gulf of Mexico.
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When visiting a new city or a new country, I bet you try to avoid sketchy places. But even if you happen to get or stay there, you would not normally take any pictures of that place. Why? Because it's a human nature that you want to bring good memories and show your friends and family that you've been somewhere they kept seeing on glossy postcards. Who bothers with some outskirts of Barcelona, Vienna or Paris? Almost no one. But I believe that a picture is a great storyteller, and not all stories have to be perfect to be interesting. So that's why I want to show you one of the many outskirts of my native city Kyiv, far from sleek and picture-perfect city centre.
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Despite its extreme natural beauty, Bruce Peninsula National Park with its adjacent town of Tobermory can no longer be fully enjoyed due to massive crowds of tourists. Located just three hours north of Toronto, the park provides easy gateway for city-dwellers and attracts thousands of tourists on summer weekends. Not only is it busy and noisy, but also the mass tourism is simply not sustainable for the region. For instance, Tobermory does not have a centralized drinking water supply, parking is extremely limited and littering is becoming a big problem. So if you, like me, want to enjoy the nature of beautiful Northern Bruce Peninsula, and not other people, go to Lion's Head instead of Tobermory and hike arguably the best part of 885 km / 550 mile-long Bruce trail.
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How long does it take to turn from a local to a tourist in your own native city? In my case, it took me a bit over six years since the moment I moved to Canada and said goodbye to Kyiv, the city where I was born and raised. I've been back several times over the past six years spending about two days each time, but this year I felt like I wanted to explore my native city, much like tourists do when they happen to get to a new place. It's a mixed feeling, because I still have very vivid memories of Kyiv and often see its people, its streets and beautiful buildings and churches in my dreams, but this time around I clearly realized that I no longer belong there and the place I call home is somewhere else.
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