Self Perspective

Chronicles of an American professor in Finland

What a dummy.  I didn’t know that Budapest was the merging of the city of Buda and the city of Pest, each separated from each other by the Danube River.  This actually happened several years ago, like in 1873.  I had always read that Budapest was one of the world’s most beautiful cities, but I was skeptical, mainly because …

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Getting to Russia can be a challenge with its horribly complicated, time consuming and expensive visa requirements.  But, Russia does offer one way that is painless and that way is to go by ferry.  No visa required.  The only caveat is that it is only good for 72 hours. Good enough. Deb and I figured that since …

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