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Miami: Design District, Wynwood, Little Haiti, and Little Havana

Русская версия Miami is a true melting pot, which is why its historical ethnic districts are among the musts to see. After making your first impressions of Miami, make sure you visit Little Haiti and Havana districts as well as Design District and Wynwood just next to Little Haiti neighborhood.

The Ultimate Truth about Real African Braids

Русская версия Being in Africa and not braiding hair equals to not being in Africa – as Nastya thought. Being awe-struck by the beautiful African women, carrying loads on their heads so gracefully, she also admired their hairdos. That is how Nastya’s didactic story of the beauty and its price started.
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Vietnamese Coffee

Русская версия   Coffee production introduced by French has been a major source of income for Vietnam since the early 20th century. In 2009, Reuters reported Vietnamese coffee exports at “an estimated 1.13 million tones” for the previous year, stating that coffee was second only to rice in value of agricultural products exported from Vietnam. No wonder that Vietnamese are really creative when it comes to making coffee, and even a tourist who is not a big fan of it will find some sort he likes. Vietnam also claims to produce the most expensive kind of coffee in the world – made of the seeds of coffee berries once they have been eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet. Today we tell how this and other sorts of Vietnamese coffee taste.

Unclaimed Baggage Center (Scottsboro) or What happens to a luggage if you lost it

Русская версия   Those who often fly will understand this feeling: every time you have to check in your luggage, you are anxious. It is because airlines lose them too often, they do not see a great trouble in it, and sometimes even don’t apologies. It first happened to Nastya on a flight between Warsaw and Helsinki: on arrival she found herself without a suitcase Airberlin lost, wearing shorts and a t-shirt, with a laptop, documents, and (thankfully) money only. It happened just before the conference, and I had to rush to buy something to wear, a toothbrush, etc. Airberlin reimbursed all these expenses and brought my suitcase to the hotel in 2 days, but since then I tried not to check in my luggage, or check in only those things which I won’t need within 2-3 days.  When living and travelling in the US, things were much worse, since half of my trips ended up with the lost luggage. They used to bring it home with a courier the same or the next day (it seems that courier service for them is cheaper than to organize proper luggage delivery), but before the suitcases arrived I used to worry. Even if you try to travel with your hand luggage only, you won’t be very successful: they force you to check it in at the gate, since the luggage compartments are to small. You try to persuade them, explaining how many times your luggage was lost, but fail, and your luggage is lost again. Only backpacks (not too large) are safe in this case.  To my knowledge, it does not depend on airlines, it happens at all flights and causes troubles. For example, our friends once flew to Utah for a long hike, but on the arrival did not find their luggage with all equipment. Their suitcases arrived only several days later and it wasted a lot of their time. Nobody cares and nobody will reimburse anything. This negligence is quite surprising, taking into account quite high prices on the US airlines (compared to Europe).