Eindhoven, The Netherlands

A queue to the ATM.

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Central streets.

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In the beginning of February, there is a major carnival in North Brabant province of The Netherlands. Unlike in Cabo Verde, or in Lisbon, everyone participates (not only youth).

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Leaving the center and going to the living districts.

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Some street-art appears.

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Old 3D paint.

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I’ve chosen Eindhoven for a day-long transit stay without knowing anything about the carnival. Needless to say, all hotels and even airbnb were incredibly expensive. That made me try Couchsurfing for the first stay. The process of looking for the host deserves a big separate post. Eventually, a kind woman Bertie let me an my girlfriend to sleep one night at her house.

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McDonald’s.

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I’ve seen this building on photos a lot of times, even before visiting Netherlands. Quite disappointing, it had figured out that this is clothing just a shop with a strange name “Sissy Boy”.

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In the evening, the street was completely littered.

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In the morning, everything was perfectly clean and deserted.

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Way Back from Africa. Lisbon: cosplay-carnival, sights, street-art

Lisbon is still a city of a dream…

…with its’ cosy tiled streets…

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…and its’ creative paintings…

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IMG_7610.JPG…and its’ street art…

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…and its’ cute funiculars…

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…and its’ tiled houses…

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…and its’ Christ statue…

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…and its’ magnificent architecture…

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…and its’ main square…

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…and its’ cheerful youth…

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…and its’ festivals…

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…and its’ vulgar nuns!

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Street-Art in Brussels

Brussels is very loyal to anything, so there is also a lot of street art there.

There are a few kinds of street art.

Some buildings are painted.

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Some walls have smaller paintings.

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There is an “open wall” in the center, where anyone can express himself.

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But actually, almost any wall is an “open wall” in Brussels.

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Pylimo street, Vilnius

Vilnius was the first stop on my way through Europe to Cape Verde Islands.

Earlier I’ve decided to discover Vilnius gradually, as it often appears in my European travels.

Today I’ve discovered Pylimo street which is an interesting example of mixing of the old and the new.

Embrasures and PVC windows.

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Street art.

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Sushi bar.

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Stockholm’s part of Nordic Countries trip

The city makes an impression of nordic Moscow.

Native people (and I).

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The cheapest way to sleep and to stay in the centre of the city was the hostel on the old cruise ship.Well, that’s cute.

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In comparison to Copenhagen and Bergen, Stockholm is not so expensive city. This is the thing that makes it more attractive for relatively poor Belarusian tourists (but actually, budget travelling doesn’t prevent you from visiting expensive countries and having fun, as I’ve learned from my own experience; in fact, I was able to travel Norway, Denmark and Sweden and to get back with a budget of 500$). Actually, I hate meeting my countrymen abroad, so this thing kind of made me upset.

The very notable part of the city is a big amount of boats.

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I understand why many tourists visit this city.

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But during late autumn everything is being repaired and renovated, not much to see.

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Napoleon is moving.

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Two following photos are made from the same point.

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For me, the most interesting part of the city was the metro.

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Unrepeatable Swedish ads.

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Since Stockholm appeared to be more cheap than I’ve expected, I was even able to eat in McDonald’s all the time. During my very very late dinner, a drunk woman came to my table and started asking me for money. “Perhaps you get with your mendicancy more money than I do with my freelance work” – I said, but it didn’t change the situation. Then I just started speaking with her in Russian and it finally worked.

In the night the city becomes rather dark. Keeping Jakarta’s experience and choosing illuminated streets, I’ve finally got to the hostel.

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On the way back next day I didn’t find the information about my flight to Vilnius when I arrived to the airport. It appeared that the flight was cancelled a few weeks ago, but the third party site I’ve booked the flight  at didn’t considered it important to inform me about it. Luckily, after the call to the airline, I was provided with a free replacement ticket to Riga, where I was also provided with a seat in a tiny airplane to Vilnius.

Then, in 4 hours I’ve arrived in Minsk.

Christiania

Christiania is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood, located in Copenhagen.

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It has its’ own flag and laws. Most people know Christiania as a place where cannabis and weed are legal. But not everyone knows that christianians are against heavy drugs.

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The key part of Christiania is Pusher Street, where you can buy any kind of weed, weed lolipops, smoking papers, and so on. The pushers wear masks and hide their faces because according to the laws of Denmark, they do an illegal kind of activity. It is prohibited to take photos at Pusher Street.

Well, actually, it is “prohibited” to take photos in all Christiania, but if nobody sees..

Although very small, this district has an enormous amount of various street arts.

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Trashcans.

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Postcard trade: pick a postcard and put the money in the money box of trust. Looks like there isn’t much Russian tourists visiting Christiania.

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Everyday life in hippy-commune.

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Poor Badvibes was killed by “kindness”.

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You can even buy a share here.

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Going back to the EU.

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