Commitment Issues and Nomad Syndrome

’Holy shit, you’ve been travelling for over a year now. What are you running from? Did you kill somebody?’  -something my host asked me once Relationships with countries are essentially like relationships with people: you get speed dates, one-night stands, eternal friendships and long-term love affairs. Sure enough, you never forget your first. I had…

The gender of your city, or an ode to Istanbul

‘Essentially the great question remains: Who will hold Constantinople?’ Napoleon Some languages express it quite transparently: Moscow (Moskva) is essentially a female city and Saint-Petersburg is a real 18th century gentleman. Russian language distinguishes between grammatical genders, so we can have feminine and masculine cities on the geographical map of Russia… as well as some odd neutral…