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CRUISING THE BALTIC – ST. PETERSBURG

by Paolo Sorbello

St. Petersburg and Tallinn – Getting into Russia can be a pain, mainly due to the onerous visa process. Even obtaining a tourist visa can be a bureaucratic nightmare and deters many from visiting the beautiful sights of the Eurasian lands. One way around it, unless you’re Argentinian and enjoy a visa free tourist entry for 90 days, is to take a cruise. Sailing across the Baltic Sea overnight to get to St. Petersburg is an interesting experience, although one has to cope with clueless hordes of tourists, tasteless food, and flashy rooms for entertainment, casino-style

FROM OUR BALTIC LOGBOOK: A GLIMPSE OF TUSCANY FROM A POST-COMMUNIST PERSPECTIVE

Our editor Mateusz Zatonski travels to Tuscany in order to prepare for a language exam and discovers the peculiarities of crisis-stricken Italy and that it is rather similar to Poland – at least to some extent.

Speaking Italian can make you depressed. This is a conclusion you come to after spending two weeks preparing for a language certificate exam in Tuscany, one of Italy’s most famous and wealthiest regions. This is, of course, not synonymous with ‘visiting Italy can make you depressed

FROM OUR BALTIC LOGBOOK: RIGA, EUROVISION, CYBERCRIME AND STAG NIGHTS

Our editor-in-chief Anna-Cara Keim plans to write about the Eurovision Song Contest and finds herself travelling to Riga instead.

The original topic of this article was this year’s Eurovision song contest. And the plan was to write about the performance of the Baltic Sea Region countries – why Poland and Latvia have not made it to the finals in some years, why Finland’s catchy DingDong tune did not succeed, despite Alexander Stubbs’ energetic tweets, and how regional voting patterns, especially in ex-communist Europe, persist until the present day

NO MORE HIGH TEA – THE FALL OF THE FLAG CARRIERS AND THE RISE OF BUDGET AIRLINES

Anna-Cara Keim looks at the state of air travel in Northern Europe

I begun to write this piece on the plane from London to Washington D.C., travelling for the first time in quite a while with what some people would call a ‘real’ airline. With friendly staff, a generous luggage allowance, and hot meals and drinks served on board, this experience came close to what most airline passengers might have expected to be the norm 30 years ago. However, these days things are very different, and, just like so many European travellers, I tend to give up those comforts in return for a much lower airfare

RESTAURANT REVIEW: MAMUŚKA – A POLISH MILKBAR IN LONDON

by Kristofer Jäntti

Tucked away in one of the ugliest buildings in London, the Elephant Castle Shopping Centre, Mamuśka offers Polish home-cooking at affordable prices.  The restaurant seeks to be a focal point for London’s Polish community, offering not only authentically Polish cuisine and television, but also a décor slightly reminiscent of Poland’s Communist Milkbars’ – though without the poor service nor the inevitable stomach flu

SUMMER IN RIGA AND WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT NEXT

We admit that it has been a little quiet on Crossing the Baltic’s website lately but no worries, we have not disappeared. Instead some of the board members embarked on a summer holiday to Riga where they not only visited Crossing the Baltic’s Latvian correspondents but also fell in love with this incredibly beautiful city

EURO 2012 – EUROPE IS IN FOR A TREAT

by Mateusz Zatonski

A few weeks ago we presented you with a rather pessimistic appraisal of the situation in Poland before the European Football Championship which the country is organising together with the neighbouring Ukraine. Many Poles seem to be worried by unfinished road construction projects, poor promotion of the tournament, and not least of all the political scandals in the Ukraine that led some European politicians to declare a boycott of the tournament. In some sections of the Polish society the moods are rather bleak

 TALLINN: NOT JUST CAKES AND COFFEE

by Anna-Cara Keim

Two weeks ago I returned from another trip to Estonia’s capital Tallinn. This small but beautiful city tucked away in a far-flung corner of North- Eastern Europe has become one of my favourite travel destinations. Tallinn, which began to appear on European maps in 12th century, is a true gem on the rim of the Baltic Sea. During the days of the USSR it enjoyed the reputation of being the most Western Soviet city

25 HOURS IN THE CAR BUT GRANNY KEEPS US ENTERTAINED: A PESSIMIST’S OUTLOOK ON EURO 2012

by Mateusz Zatonski 

With less than a month left until the opening game of the European Football Championship, UEFA is sending e-mails to all those lucky enough to be selected in the ticket lottery re-assuring them that their tickets are just in the process of printing. Although it might sound trivial, for many Polish fans it is comforting to know that at least one organisation involved in putting together the world’s third largest sporting event seems to have things under control. The two host countries, Poland and Ukraine, are receiving increasingly bad press on the eve of the event, and many Poles are increasingly worried that the tournament will turn out to be a fiasco

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