In the Comfort Zone: “From America? Let’s talk politics.”
Headline - Frenzy: America's rabble rouser

In the Comfort Zone: “From America? Let’s talk politics.”

Many American travelers worry about attitudes toward Americans as they travel around the globe. Perhaps we’ve been unusual, but we have mostly found openness to us. Where Americans are common, as in Paris, our lifestyle…

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The lyrics of love: Piaf in Tallinn
Erkki Otsman sings Piaf's lyrics of love

The lyrics of love: Piaf in Tallinn

What is the language of love? The tongue-twirling lyublu? The kissy kissy amour? The caress of amore? The abruptness of love? The explosive finish to liebe? Or the business-like Estonian armastus? We thought about these…

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Stones for the Departed: Return to the Ukraine of Our Ancestors
Finding hundred year old graves from the Lubin cemetery upon a densely forested hill

Stones for the Departed: Return to the Ukraine of Our Ancestors

The custom in Jewish cemeteries is to place a pebble, or small stone, on the headstone at a grave site. In doing this, you affirm you remember the dead. It’s a custom that might have…

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Tsar and Peace: Tallinn’s Kadriorg Palace
Kadriorg, then and now

Tsar and Peace: Tallinn’s Kadriorg Palace

We were well aware of the broad historical sweep here in Estonia: how in the Middle Ages, the Danes along with merchants allied across the Baltic in the Hanseatic League kept control of the country;…

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