Mirror Reflections – Belarus & Russia

Life in Belarus The Potato Eaters Belarusians adore potatoes – particularly served as draniki. In fact, they eat so many spuds (around 170kg per person annually) that their neighbours have nicknamed them Bulbashi: potato-eaters. Potatoes are such a staple that it’s hard to imagine any meal without them. According to the UN Food and Agriculture … More Mirror Reflections – Belarus & Russia

Mirror Reflections – Bailiwick of Jersey and Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Life in the Bailiwick of Jersey Like many of my generation I suspect, the earliest awareness I had of the very beautiful British Channel Islands was from watching the always superb, Jersey-located, ‘Bergerac’  that was a regular staple of our television viewing back in the 1980s, (and which still holds up as a gripping police detective series in its many outings … More Mirror Reflections – Bailiwick of Jersey and Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Mirror Reflections – Bailiwick of Guernsey & Sevastopol, Ukraine

Life in Bailiwick of Guernsey The Islands’ unique geographical position sets the scene for a fascinating heritage. With evidence dating from Neolithic times, the island has been pivotal in battles between the UK and France as well as being an important port for international imports into the UK. Guernsey’s recent history saw its unique position … More Mirror Reflections – Bailiwick of Guernsey & Sevastopol, Ukraine

Mirror Reflections – Aland Islands and Russia

Life in Aland Islands (Islands of Peace) They are demilitarised, and “collectively constitute the smallest region of Finland”. So this small place, is mottoed “Islands of Peace”. Just that, to me, is an inspiration. For it is often from the smallest of places, people, and communities, that we receive the examples of who and what … More Mirror Reflections – Aland Islands and Russia

Mirror Reflections – Armenia & Russia

National gallery of Armenia Life in Armenia Interesting Facts About Armenia About 10% of the population live below the international poverty line. This means they earn less that US$1.25 per day. Armenia is a ‘landlocked’ country. It is bordered by Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran and Nakhchivan. Wrestling, weightlifting, judo, chess and boxing are the most … More Mirror Reflections – Armenia & Russia

Mirror Reflections – Azerbaijan & Russia

Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center Life in Azerbaijan This fertile, generous and friendly land was and is the home of many inspired thinkers, philosophers, scientists, poets, architects, musicians and artists. There is a legend tells that Zardusht was born in this land. Azerbaijan has enriched all humankind with such geniuses as Nizami Ganjevi, Hagani Shirvani, Bahmanyar, … More Mirror Reflections – Azerbaijan & Russia

Mirror Reflections – Bosnia-Herzegovina & Russia

Life in Bosnia-Herzegovina I am a 30 something South African living and working in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. I have been here since 2003. Before that I was in Zenica, near Sarajevo, for 2 years. I belong to an organisation called Youth with A Mission/YWAM and serve here as a volunteer for the Humanitarian … More Mirror Reflections – Bosnia-Herzegovina & Russia

Mirror Reflections – Bulgaria & Russia

In Bulgaria Visiting the Buzludzha monument Over the years I’ve visited my fair share of abandoned buildings.  They’ve always held a very strong attraction for me.  Somehow, their silent decaying facades offer the perfect blank canvas for an introverted imagination like mine… literally allowing me to conjure up vivid images of the past in my … More Mirror Reflections – Bulgaria & Russia

Mirror Reflections – Finland & Russia

Life In Finland Originally started as observations about various curiosities about living in Finland in comparison to my native Canada (northern Ontario), Life in Finland touches on the humourous, the political, the maddening, the strange and so on. I hope to bring you interesting tidbits on life in Finland. It’s always a learning process and it’s been fun … More Mirror Reflections – Finland & Russia

Mirror Reflections – Sweden & Russia

Aurora borealis over Sweden An advantage of Sweden’s geographical location in Scandinavia is its proximity to the Arctic Circle, the magnetic north pole, and higher latitudes — 65 to 72 degrees. This polar proximity means a significant portion of the country lies within a zone (called the “auroral oval”), where solar particles collide with gases … More Mirror Reflections – Sweden & Russia

Mirror Reflections – Slovakia & Russia

Thoughts about Slovakian Castles You can see Šariš Castle sitting atop an almost volcanic looking flat-topped mountain from miles away. From a distance, the silhouette of the castle perched above Veľký Šariš was none too impressive. However, after hiking an hour or so from the village center, up a path winding around the mountain, it … More Mirror Reflections – Slovakia & Russia