Category Culture

Coffee, café, cafecito

Coffee. A black magic drink that over years is not losing popularity. It’s the opposite – coffee became an even bigger business in the modern world and you can see coffee places in every corner. Suitable for all kinds of people, celebrated differently in the world. From Italians who drink espresso as a shot, saying […]

Fiction or reality?

When we travel, we are searching for different locations, with spectacular views, good food, and beautiful places to visit. In the countries we are going to, we can discover a deep history related to the places we see. Today’s article is focused on Romania’s landscape and buildings between fiction and reality. I suppose the whole […]

Venice(s)

Did you think there was one and only Venice in Europe? If yes, then you might want to read what comes next! Actually, several cities featuring canals claim to be defined as the Venice of their geographical area. Let’s have a brief overview of a few of them, a glimpse into this exhaustive scope of […]

Sultan of The 11 Month

Ramadan, in Islam, the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. It begins and ends with the appearance of the crescent moon. Because the Muslim calendar year is shorter than the Gregorian calendar year, Ramadan begins 10–12 days earlier each year. For Muslims, Ramadan is a period of introspection, communal prayer in the mosque, and reading […]

Crossroads

Imagine your life as a hiking trip. Wandering through luscious fields and sunny forests, sometimes also through steep valleys and over high and dangerous mountains, on and on it goes, without a clear goal you stroll along without being able to go back. Wandering through luscious fields and sunny forests, sometimes through steep valleys and […]

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Ataturk born in 1881 and dead in 1938. He was born in Salonika. His last name is Ataturk which means the ancestor of the Turks. Ataturk, the greatest leader of the 20th Century, according to the ranking in Arnold Ludwig’s book, “King of the Mountain.” Ataturk is the most respected person in Turkey. Actually, not […]

Love me or pour me a wine

14th of February. The whole world is being decorated with hearts and cupids and everybody is talking about love. Well, almost the whole world. At the Balkans people are cutting grapevines and drinking wine. The day of love? The day of wine? Saint Valentine or Saint Tryphon? Both of them, Saint Valentine and Saint Tryphon, […]

The odd world of Giuseppe Arcimboldo

The Four Seasons pictured as faces built of fruits and vegetables, mushrooms, flowers and trees. The embodiment of the Earth, composed of animals, mixed together and existing in parallel herbivores and carnivores. The portrait of Water made of sea creatures, plants and shells, decorated with a pearl necklace. Those are barely few of many quirky […]

Have you ever heard about Sámi people?

The indigenous Finno-Ugricpeople inhabiting northern side of Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway, in a region called Sápmi. This article is about their ancient religions. Sámi ancient mythology was a religion of nature that embraced the universe in three levels: the celestial world, the terrestrial world and the underground world. Their world view can be described […]

When White Button goes abroad…

Everybody in the Balkans – and not only the Balkans – knows the band Bijelo Dugme (english: White Button) and its charismatic frontman Goran Bregović. Not everybody knows though about many cooperations abroad that Bregović have had. These cooperations resulted in multiple covers or variations of the songs of Bijelo Dugme and other of Bregović’s […]

“Somehow They all Want to do Something Secure” – Interview with Marjan Nećak

Marjan Nećak is one of the rare local artists that has experience equally in music and theater. His last performance, as a director was a Slovenian-Macedonian co-production. On this occasion I met with him during the latest edition of the Youth Open Theatre Festival in Skopje. He gave me that impression of a somewhat regional […]