Tomas Masaryk and Czechoslovakian Independence 100 Years Ago

Few people are aware that, implausibly, Czechoslovak independence was declared from Philadelphia 100 years ago.  That’s because Tomas Masaryk, the father of the new state, was in the U.S. seeking support from President Woodrow Wilson as world war one was winding down Masaryk was born in 1850 to a Czech mother and a Slovak father who was a coachman on a Hapsburg estate in Moravia. … Continue reading Tomas Masaryk and Czechoslovakian Independence 100 Years Ago

Adventure Bus Travel in Kaliningrad-Russia and Baltics

KALININGRAD, RUSSIA: The first problem is language. If you’re a Russian speaker, it’s easier. This sign at the Kaliningrad bus terminal tells the story.  The destination beneath the number is ‘Bremen,’ the one at the bottom, ‘Tallinn’ and above that ‘Riga.’  There’s not a word in Latin script anywhere. Inside it’s no better as I found no one at any window who could speak English. … Continue reading Adventure Bus Travel in Kaliningrad-Russia and Baltics