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Trail of two cities

When I went to Sydney first, I started doing my research on the place, which I mostly do. I distinctly remember having noticed another city which was almost on the same latitude, lying on the southern hemisphere but separated by many thousand Kilometers.
I had made a mental note that I would visit this other town some time in my life. I shall club it with my visit to Africa. Any guesses? You are right. I am talking about Cape Town.

Being on the same latitude and both being sea ports ensure that the two places have a rather similar weather patterns, except fewer rains in South Africa. Beyond which I thought there would be a lots of differences.
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Magnificent Opera house

Now it has been a while since I have returned from Sydney, suddenly

Dubai, then & now

Facts about Dubai, UAE
So it was Dubai, UAE again a few days back. It is fun when you visit a place more than once. It keeps you wondering about some familiarities that you observe & compare with your last visit’s.

Here are a few of them.
– Right from the immigration to all over the city, there were too few people last time. Either expats or Tourists, owing to the recession. Now there were a lot more.
– Only public transport earlier was the sparse but comfortable buses. Otherwise cabs were the only way to move around. Metro was being built. Now it is working on at least the more important routes. I was told the project is being delivered as planned.
– The only problem about Metro is that

Confusing numbers in Prague

Baarle is obviously not the only city which is strange. Looking around, there are so many more. Here is another confusing city, not because of the confounding border issues but one that’s created by the city governance.
Of course these are not the only reasons for Prague to be a tourist destination.

Astronomical clock

There are Castles, Churches, old bridges, modern buildings, Museums, Zoo and astronomical clocks too. The list is endless.
Prague is one of the oldest settlements in the history of Humans… as old as the Paleolithic era. That’s quite old! Of course the places to eat in Prague are not that old. 😛

Coming back to the confusion created by man.
There are

Boundaries of Baarle

In my last post, I spoke about Baarle and how number 2 is so important for it.

What if I tell you that boundaries between the two countries DO NOT divide the town with a straight line and instead zigzagged all through the town?? Through the roads, through pavements, and ….

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Zigzagged white boundaries.

The result is that when you stroll around Baarle, you constantly pass in and out of the two nations ! And

Baarle : A unique town in two countries

Hi, why don’t you come over to Belgian side of the bar”. I overheard this sentence a few years back in a small town. Was the speaker joking? His tone was serious enough.

For quite sometime I have been trying to come up with a way to explain this weird town on this earth which I visited a few years back. It is something like ‘a child belonging to two mothers’. And none of them is a step mother.

Okay, let’s try.

Baarle.

It is a Dutch town in the Netherlands. But it is also a Dutch town in Belgium.
It is a Belgian town in Belgium and is also a Belgian town in the Netherlands.

I hope you are not confused as yet. 😀
Some more ?

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Baarle-Hertog Vs Baarle-Nassau

Okay.
It is a piece of Belgian land completely encircled by Netherlands and vice versa.

Ontario, here we come

Remember, my three friends, frolicking and painting Europe red? One day while discussing about the various countries and countrymen and their cultures, one of us (Let’s call her U) mentioned that irrespective of how people look, you can almost always tell a Canadian.


The Canadian (We will call her C) in the group wanted to