What You Need to Know Trekking Georgia's Svaneti

Posted by Crooked Compass

Trekking through the Svaneti region in Georgia’s north west is an enchanting experience. You feel like you are stepping into another world as you are suddenly surrounded by towering snow capped peaks piercing over 4000m into the sky. The Svaneti is the highest inhabited area of the Caucasus and its true isolation has greatly preserved its culture, traditions and untouched beauty.

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Real Romania - Lesser Known Sights

Posted by Crooked Compass

There is more to Romania than beautiful mountains, medieval fortresses and scenic adventures. Romania has many national dishes to sample along the way that will warm your heart and are part of what makes this country such an amazing one. In today’s blog post we are going to delve into lesser-known sites throughout Romania. Add these ideas to your itinerary or join our small group tour that visits them all as part of our ten-day journey through this fascinating region.

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End of the USSR and Post Communist Life

Posted by Crooked Compass

OnĀ December 25, 1991, the Soviet hammer and sickle flag lowered for the last time over the Kremlin, thereafter replaced by the Russian tricolour flag. Earlier in the day, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned his post as president of the Soviet Union, leaving Boris Yeltsin as president of the newly independent Russian state andĀ 15 republics gaining independence.
The countries today that are former USSR republics are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania

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