How to Get from Tanzania to Burundi and from Burundi to Rwanda: visas, transport, and funny experiences


We started from Tanzanian Mwanza to Burundian border at 4AM. Our couchsurfer Dorocella had forgotten to pay for the electricity, which is why we had to pack in darkness. In Africa, electricity works on the basis of prepay system: if you do not have money on your account, you do not have electricity. Dorocella had ordered pikipiki for us in…

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Khujand

Khujand: The Second Unofficial Capital of Tajikistan


Formally, Khujand has never been a Tadjik capital. However, due to its proximity to Uzbekistan, size, and economic success (compared to Dushanbe), Khujand had a leading role in Tajik Soviet politics. Called Leninabad in the Soviet times, Khudjand supplied the Tajik government with most of the high officials, which gave it the status of tacit domineering. By the way, Khujand…

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Karelia

Karelia: Around Ruskeala and Ladoga Lake


Three weeks ago we rented a car in Saint-Petersburg to go to Karelia for three days – to celebrate Victor’s PhD. The best celebration for us is travelling and seeing as much as possible. In Karelia, we visited Ladoga Lake and less popular Onega Lake. Here come our impressions from the first part: the trip around Ladoga Lake and Ruskeala…

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