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Skopje: where crime sometimes pays

The last time I was in Skopje, I had come to persuade the Macedonian interior minister to sign up to a trans-Balkan action plan for tackling organised crime to be…

Kosovo: a friend indeed

I cannot claim it to be universal law, but I often find the friendliness and hospitality of a country’s inhabitants to be inversely proportionate to their recent troubles. So it…

Kotor

Arriving into Kotor by night, dizzy from sharp turns around the shores of the narrow, fjord-like bay that winds inland from the Adriatic, I was puzzled to see a yellow…

Country 8: Holland

As I close in on 100 countries… I’m retracing my route… A naturally flat and featureless landscape need not mean boring. Not when human ingenuity has garnished it with tulips…

Country 7: Belgium

As I close in on 100 countries visited in a lifetime of roaming… I’m retracing my route… What could I say about Belgium back then?… I left pretty much as…

Country 6: Greece

As I close in on 100 countries visited in a lifetime of roaming… I’m retracing my route… A family holiday in Crete gave free reign to a young mind that…

DUBROVNIK: WANTED, DEAD OR ALIVE

Dubrovnik is sometimes described as a “living museum”, where its people live alongside one of Europe’s most stunning medieval walled cities. Naturally, locals commuting to work, doing the school run…

Country 5: Spain

As I close in on 100 countries visited in a lifetime of roaming… I’m retracing my route… My first visit to Spain was pretty stereotypical…

Country 4: Austria

As I close in on 100 countries visited during a lifetime of roaming… I’m retracing my route… It was another school trip, this time for skiing

Country 3: New Zealand

As I close in on 100 countries visited during a lifetime of roaming… I’m retracing my route… My first ever flight is still one of my longest…

Country 2: France

As I close in on 100 countries visited during a lifetime of roaming… I’m retracing my route… A short hop across the Channel and an obligatory day trip for many…

The scars of war

There can be few places where the scars of the Bosnian War remain so evident today: buildings pocked with bullet holes, split by shells or shorn of their roofs, and…

Country 1: United Kingdom

As I close in on 100 countries visited during a lifetime of roaming… I’m retracing my route… I’m reliably informed that the UK was the first country I ever set…

Ti(p)toeing around the issue

The polished marble of Tito’s tomb is as flawless as his legacy in the eyes of those Yugoslavia nostalgics who are still sprinkled liberally across the lands of the former…

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