Pearl Mania

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Among mountains and picturesque landscapes is situated a clear emerald lake, which is famous for its huge size, unspeakable beauty and its unique pearls, which are grown here for hundreds of years. This place, called Ohrid lake and located at the border of Macedonia, attracts many people from all over the world every year. And of course, we weren’t exception.

Passport to Refreshment

Once upon a time, in a magical land far, far away, a chemist fumbled away over a bubbling cauldron, mixing potions and casting spells. He tossed in a handful of coca leaves and a pinch of cola berries and the potion was finally finished. John Pemberton, a brilliant scientist, had finally created the genius concoction that would help him take over the world. And they all lived happily ever after.

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http://www.worldofcoca-cola.com/

Or, a wounded war veteran named Pemberton accidentally mixed random ingredients together to create a replacement for the addictive medicine Morphine. But that sounds like the worst fairy tale ever so they tell the other story to spice things up a bit. But it is the story of how Pemberton’s French Wine Cola (its friends call it Coca Cola) was invented. Fast forward 126 years later and you’ll find yourself dealing with the greatest franchise in the world.

Finding Nemo

In the South, our motto is “the bigger, the better”. In Texas, this motto refers to woman’s hair but in Georgia, this refers to our infrastructure. When being a bustling, metropolitan city with many attractions and features (Olympics 1996 thank you very much) just wasn’t enough, that’s when talks for creating the world’s largest aquarium began.

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http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/

Catalonia, a New European State?

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Three years ago, walking by the beautiful Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona, I met a humble and primitive graffiti on a building’s wall. Unknown street artist painted just three words: “Freedom for Catalonia”. For me who was astonished by Spain in his first visit to the country, the slogan for independence seemed rather strange.

Trying Not to Get Lost

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Can you imagine an underground city, with its own transport, traffic lights, streets and crossroads? Such a place, called «Milestii Mici» we have visited earlier this year. «Milestii Mici» is the biggest wine cellar complex in Moldova, and also it’s the national and cultural sightseeing of the country, which is visited by over 10,000 people per year.