Is there an authentic travel experience?

With Japanese tourists sinking into depression because a destination failed to meet their expectations, psychiatric diagnoses, such as the Paris syndrome, have made the quest for an authentic tourist experience almost compulsory.

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Congo Rapids: Force to be reckoned with

The gushing torrents of water, known as the Congo River Rapids, begin at the outskirts of the world’s closest capitals – Kinshasa and Brazzaville – where the lake-like widening in the river flows into a narrow, rocky bottleneck.

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Hunting for the sapeurs in the streets of Congo

Even before I set foot in either of the two Congos, I had a fascination for the sapeurs, a subculture whose faithful dress for the life they want rather than the one they have. Once there, finding a sapeur became an obsession.

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A mission in Malawi yields unexpected treasure

Whenever I travel, I keep my eyes open for antique or vintage items that best represent the culture and workmanship of any given country. My other favourite are antique or vintage items that may have been manufactured elsewhere but tell a local story.

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Chairman Mao in Venice, courtesy of Erró

Venice sure gets its fair share of visitors, including some famous oddballs, but Chairman Mao is bound to take the cake. His stroll across the Piazza San Marco is, of course, imaginary and part of Erró’s Chinese Paintings from the 1970s.

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Hi and welcome!

I’m Roman and I do the travelling, antiquing, writing and photography around here. In the travel department, to date I’ve been to 84 countries and am planning to visit all others. I try to keep off the beaten track and always aim for the authentic travel experience.

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