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For those of you who came later, in 2004 there was a popular revolution in Ukraine. And while the orange-clad lift could not leave the country basking in a happily ever after future, it was a revolution that, contrary to the famous phrase, not feed their children.

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The map remains the same, with the imposing, monumental capital of Kiev in his heart, Odessa Crimea overwhelming and surprising in its southern coasts, as well as Central European cozy Lviv near the western hills. Several years after the track, the industrial, pro-Russian east has forgotten its threat to secede.

However, Ukraine is visiting today is not the country that existed previously. ‘Post-Orange Ukraine could be the political blues, as successive parliamentary deadlocks drag, but the press is freer, more open attitudes and improving its economy. The memories of the show of “Maydan” (Independence Square in Kiev) is fueling a civic awareness. There is no democracy in power rather than autocracy, fair elections and a tolerance of genuine public debate. Also, the unfulfilled promises of a weakened president has injected a sense of realism, but cynicism.

Ukraine, whose name means ‘borderland’, is slow and sometimes indecisive, moody. Although they are often rude and unhelpful bureaucracy that prevailed when it was part of the Soviet Union, but has now been tempered by the widespread aspirations to eventually join the EU. The younger generation, in the center of the Orange Revolution, are looking forward and enjoying new freedoms. Traditionalists, meanwhile, are concerned about the fleet too far from neighboring Russia’s orbit.

A nation of cuts, as contemporary scholars like to say, Ukraine is based on numerous historical influences, and as a nation that is mosaic for the unification of the symbols of the 21st century. The dominant culture is Slavic, but even Scythian gold accumulated in the history museum in Kiev Pechersk Lavra Kiev (Monastery of the Caves) and Byzantine mosaics line the capital’s cathedral of St. Sophia.
The golden domes of Russian Orthodox crowd shine and Ukrainian cathedrals out through one of the poorest countries in Europe. However, among the rocky outcrops of fascinating Crimea, you will also find the Turkish architecture, not to mention the cities ancient caves. Cossack thieves in the country are remembered in the Dnipro River Khortytsya of the island as well as in music and dance rituals.

Not all Ukrainians have an equal (duck) to kick all these traditions. The east of speaks Russian, center and south could have the pride in the history of the Cossacks, but the west of Ukraine of speaks of country lionises the native culture Hutsuls the Carpathians, while Tatars Crimea are making a comeback in its peninsula homeland.

So any success that after the Naranja of Ukraine get is a building of blocks towards a new national identity. By hosting the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, abolishing most visas to welcome more foreign tourists, being chosen to host the European Football Championships in 2012 and even fishing for Games 2018 Winter Olympics, the country hopes once overlooked to display their growing skills to the world.

Meanwhile, they want to demonstrate to all Ukrainians, too.

Secret Amman

Much of the time, visitors to Jordan to follow in the footsteps of Indiana Jones – current directly to the tombs of the Treasury and the Monastery of bookends to the ancient Nabatean city of Petra. But in doing so, they are overlooking some of the best this country has to offer. Jordan, and its capital, Amman, relaxed, hide a treasure of experiences unavoidable, real Arabs. And best of all, you have most of it yourself.

Through no fault of their own, Amman has become the forgotten city of the Middle East. It is also the most underrated. The streets are ancient monuments and the history of dust to his rival in Cairo, without grinding traffic and pollution. Its suburbs have a restaurant and vibrant cultural scene to match the neighboring Beirut, but locals have kept it to themselves.

To see the city at its best, start the day early in the Jabal al Qal’a or the Citadel of Amman. When the morning sun, is the perfect starting point for orientation. The seven hills of Amman main stretched at his feet like a rug crumpled each mound to help define a different neighborhood within the city. Beneath their feet, meanwhile, are more than 7000 years of history, and the crumbling pillars, arches and stairways of the Citadel bear witness to the assertion of Amman as one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
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Do not miss the Roman temple at the time of Hercules, a mixture of honeycomb color of the columns and beams, and the Palace of the hill of the Umayyads, is thought to date back to the eighth century. Before leaving, take a look at the hill site museum – even some neighbors do not know which is priceless Dead Sea Scrolls in their collection.


Everyone loves a baby, and since 2008, when Kosovo declared independence, with large letters spelling “BABY” have appeared a section of pavement in Pristina. The location between the security offices of the UN and a shopping center with clothing stores and a ubiquitous European skyclawing concrete monument collapse, says it all. Kosovo is finding its feet. The staff of international organizations glamor Pristina restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as talented Kosovars who are taking their seats for the journey ahead.

The spikes of the past is impossible to ignore: the roads are full of memorials with engravings of those who died in 1999. Modern architecture include Kosovo can highlight all the wrong reasons, but rebuilt the country has no style, it makes up for its subscribers by the mountain villages, hiking trails and 13th century monasteries of Serbia, all no more than one couple of hours drive from the capital.

Peja (PEC) is a mixture of modern Yugoslav development in the city center and the buildings of the Turkish era the bazaar. The main attractions of the monastery Patrijaršija, Rugova Gorge Monastery Dean and lies outside the city. Rearing back of the city, some more than 2000m mountains form a backdrop for picture-postcard
Although Prizren was the medieval capital of “Old Serbia, the influence of architecture is Turkish. Was Turkish Prizren buildings abound, including remarkable mosque and baths. Stroll through the narrow streets and enjoy the history and atmosphere of all the boulders, over the suspension of construction and wooden door half open, and then reflect on all in an outdoor cafe in the Shadrvan.