Author Archive For: Peter Ede

What Americans Should Know About the Eurovision Song Contest

Every year, in May, there’s an evening when Europe collectively gets to bask in the fact that it’s gloriously bonkers. Every year, if they’ve read about it in the press, ...

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Tips for Traveling With Vegetarians on Your Educational Tour

I’ve been vegetarian for coming up for 18 years. I think it’s fair to say most veggies are quite concerned about what they eat: we’ve made a conscious choice to ...

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A Forgotten Corner of Berlin in WW2 History

Very close to the main city hall of Berlin and less than 500 metres from Berlin’s Cathedral or the place they’re rebuilding Berlin’s Royal Palace there’s a short, unattractive street ...

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Finding My Roots in Eastern Poland

My mother was born in West Prussia in 1941. It was then part of Germany, but on 18 January 1945 the family received an “evacuation order” to flee the approaching ...

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What You Should Expect by Visiting China in 2014

China has long evoked interest from the West. From Marco Polo’s times onwards it has been seen as a distant, mysterious land: a vast country that is both the home ...

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In Defense of Germany’s Obsession with Cars

It was a German, Karl Benz, who invented the modern car. Germany hasn’t forgotten this fact. Virtually from the moment his wife Bertha took it on her famed 65 mile ...

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Stepping Off The Beaten Track in Former Yugoslavia

When you’ve been travelling for years to the same countries or destinations, it’s tempting to consider going a bit off the “beaten track.” Then you realise all the reasons why ...

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Europe Tours | The Rebuilding of Berlin’s Royal Palace

Berlin is an intriguing city. It is a place where recent history and the present come together like nowhere else I know. It is exemplified by a massive empty green ...

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A Look Back at the Spark that Ignited a World War

Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia and Herzogovina. The country is a fascinating and beautiful place, made up of people of different ethnicities and religions. Think of the land ...

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Student Travel | Reflections on a European War Tour

I’m just back from leading a “European War Tour” that took me and my group from California from the beaches of Normandy via Paris, Belleau Wood, the Ardennes (Battle of ...

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