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Monthly Archives: August 2008

Vilnius, part two

Uzupis Republic Uzupis is a small, artsy and bohemian district in the city of Vilnius. In 1997, the residents of Uzupis declared themselves a republic with their own president, currency and constitution. They were only half-joking when they did this and so that makes for quite an interesting story. They are all huge art proponents. […]

Vilnius, Lithuania

Among the Baltic states, Lithuania seemed the least similar to Western Europe. Many parts of the country are still devoid of western influence. My hostel happened to be in a residential district and it gave me the chance to see some of the local life in the area. After getting a facelift in 2003, the […]


After 10 days in Eastern Europe, I took a small detour and headed to Stockholm to meet up with my INSEAD friends. Malte was a great host, knew a lot about the city and took us to places only a local could. I also met up with Emily, Marguerite and Tom during the 4 days spent there. […]

Riga, Latvia

Latvia seems like a country that is ready for prime time. It is ready to shrug of the memories of its communist past and head down the path of progress (as the EU defines progress these days). While Estonia seemed ahead in the race to modernization, Latvia is showing every sign of catching up. There are two […]