Off The Beaten Path

Visit Minsk Now!

By |2019-05-25T11:22:42-05:00June 30th, 2014|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Why should you visit Belarus? President Alexander Lukashenko is known as the “last dictator of Europe”. He has been in power since 1994, winning four elections. He rules the country with a totalitarian-Stalinist fist. Minsk, the capital, at first appearance is a pleasant and relaxed city. This initial impression belies a darker reality. Dissent is not [...]

5 Reasons Why Belarus, Minsk Sucks!

By |2019-05-25T11:15:24-05:00June 25th, 2014|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Someone please wake up Belarus. I mean really shake them up, maybe a sharp slap in the face. Let them know the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. You are free! Take down your statues of Lenin. Remove the Soviet red stars. Disband your police state. Until then, realize that Belarus does not want you to visit. [...]

Somaliland (A Country That Does Not Exist)

By |2019-05-25T10:48:51-05:00June 20th, 2014|Categories: Africa, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , |

Somaliland, An Overview Somaliland has its own currency, military, government, and requires a Somaliland visa to enter the country. Yet, there are 193 countries in the United Nations and not one of those countries recognize Somaliland as an independent, sovereign nation. In fact, type in Somaliland into Google Map and the country does not exist. Somaliland [...]

Eight (8) Things To Do In Somaliland

By |2019-05-25T10:28:35-05:00June 20th, 2014|Categories: Africa, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Walking The Streets Of Hargeisa, Somaliland I will be honest; there are not a lot of traditional tourist haunts in Somaliland. A lot of it, is simply soaking in the atmosphere. There is no better place to start then strolling the dusty and cluttered streets of the capital Hargeisa. If you are staying at the Oriental [...]