ON THE INFLUENCE OF TRAVEL BLOGS: A CASE STUDY IN SELF

Do travel blogs actually influence travel decisions and drive income to destinations and services? There are many ways in which travel blogs are monetized: website advertising, affiliate sales, sponsored content, press trips and external travel writing or photography engagements among them. To be hired, a blogger has to prove their worth, which usually comes down to…

STRANGE NEW FOODS I TRIED IN GERMANY

One of my favorite things to do while traveling is trying weird local foods, especially the kind of stuff I can’t get in Moscow or New York or London. I might not always love what I’m eating, but I always have fun experimenting. Here’s what German exploration (which apparantly was so fun that I forgot to take…

BEST THINGS I ATE IN GERMANY

Food in Germany surprised me. I didn’t take to the things I purposely came to eat and I loved some really unexpected dishes. I chased salads and wine instead of my beloved beer and sausage. Here’s what clicked — and what didn’t. Best Things I Ate In Germany Stawberry-Mozarella-Chicken Salad Hands down the best meal I had in…

TWO SIDES OF MAINZ

What have you heard about Mainz? Chances are – not much. I doubt Mainz has ever made anyone’s list of must-visit German cities. It probably would have been overlooked entirely were it not a gateway to the Rhine Valley and birthplace of the printing press and the Gutenberg Bible – oh yeah, no big deal,…

MOSCOW EATS: STATE-SANCTIONED NORTH KOREAN AT KORYO

Where you can try traditional North Korean cuisine outside of North Korea? Now, how many of those places are in the “Western World”? Well, one of them happens to be in Moscow. Koryo (or Pyongyang Koryo), opened in 2010 and is Russia’s one and only North Korean restaurant. It is rumored to be officially sanctioned…

MOSCOW DRINKS: CRAFT COCKTAILS AT PINCH

However tenuous it might be, one upside of the recent ruble crash is that it alleviates some of the guilt I have when spending money on something frivolous because everything suddenly costs so much less – in dollars and euros! (Yes I know it makes no mathematical sense because I still make the same ruble…

MOSCOW DRINKS: MY FIRST EVER PUB CRAWL

That’s right, I have lived through my teens and 20s without ever going on a pub crawl. Granted, I have crawled out of my share of bars and pubs across the United States and Europe, but I’ve never imbibed in more than a couple of establishments per night, preferring stationary hang-outs to hit-and-runs. As a…

MOSCOW EATS: Vegetarian at FRESH

“Anna” and “vegetarian” do not go together, unless to express how strongly “Anna is definitely NOT, in any way, a vegetarian, cannot imagine living without regular meat intake (chicken and fish don’t even count), and would somebody please pass a sirloin, medium rare?” It’s a good thing, then, that for the last couple of years…

MOSCOW WALKS: OLD ARBAT AT NIGHT

For many Moscovites the Old Arbat street is imbued with an almost mythical aura and a heavy dose of nostalgia. One of the most famed Russian bards, Bulat Okudzhava, even sang “oh Arbat, my Arbat, you are my Fatherland…” It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact source of this reverence. Arbat’s history is very layered. In the…