When in a new city, do you ever want to get a bird’s eye view (especially at dark)?
This view of Chicago is 95
Floors up in the John Hancock Center. There’s an observation deck on the 94th floor, but this view is freeeeee. If you are curious how that happened, message me and I’ll share that little piece of information. . #chicago#johnhancockcenter#johnhancockcenter#cityscape#nightscape#viewfromabove
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📍 Seitan Limania Beach, Akrotiri, Chania, Crete, Greece
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Be scared. Do it anyway. I’m only 5’ tall, but by August, I’ll have traveled to 24 countries in 3 1/2 years. If I’d let fear only negatively influence me, I’d have still been to 1.
I’m not afraid to travel. I travel smart, stay aware of my surroundings, and do research to prepare before I go. Live like you’re not scared. Book a ticket and GO.
Despite having only seen a fraction of our world, what I have seen is fantastic and inspires kindness. The world has always had far more to gain from people of courage. Traveling is a way to unlearn fear and hate, to be a smiling face in a world where violence might be the only news.
Fear is natural to keep us safe. I get scared too. But I trust God’s plan for my life. The best things I have ever done were also the “scariest.” Five years ago, at just 19 years old, I hopped on a plane to India alone to teach English to the daughters of prostituted women. Was I scared? Heck yes! But my life has never been the same since.
I wouldn’t want to be any other version of me than the one that first trip to India made me. It was there I learned I don’t want fear to trick me into living a life that doesn’t have love written all over it, where fear used to be.
Transnistria is perhaps the country in Europe, apart from Belarus, that most resembles the Soviet Union today. Granted, the country is relatively open to the outside world and a slight bit of modernization has taken place. But with few exceptions, it seems as if time has stood still since the era of the USSR, when most of Tiraspol and the rest of the country was built. Politically the country is communist, and there’s a hammer & sickle on its flag. Even after independence, it has maintained an identity that is heavily influenced by its Soviet past. The city is full of symbols, buildings and heritage from the era of the Soviet Union. As such, simply walking around Tiraspol and taking in the views and images of the city is an experience in itself. There’s too many photos to share, so here’s the first of two posts with random pictures from around Tiraspol:
1) The Monument to Aviators, featuring a MiG-19 fighter jet, a version that saw extensive use during the Vietnam War. 2) A trio of USSR symbols by the roadside upon entering Tiraspol. 3) On the other side of the same road is a sign welcoming you to Tiraspol in the colors of the country’s flag. 4) Medals given to the Soviet scientist N. D. Zelinsky, the inventor of the gas mask. He was born and raised in Tiraspol, and his home has been converted into a museum. 5) A medical center in downtown Tiraspol. 6) The Dniester River, from which the country’s name, Transnistria, is derived. 7) A seldomly-running ferris wheel in a quiet amusement park in the corner of Tiraspol’s Pobeda Park. 8) Cartoon figures inside the Pobeda Park amusement park area. 9) A good representation of the vehicles seen in Tiraspol. Old Soviet-era cars are mixed with slightly newer, western models. 10) Something that wasn’t around prior to 1992. A photo inside a “Sheriff” Supermarket, looking much like western-style supermarkets. The Sheriff Company was created in the early 1990s, and owns a large amount of Transnistria’s private businesses. The Sheriff brand owns supermarkets, banks, restaurants, car dealerships, gas stations, TV and radio stations, alcohol distilleries, factories and Tiraspol’s professional soccer club.
The region of Transnistria was initially an Autonomous Socialist Soviet Republic within Soviet Ukraine between 1924 and 1940. The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union declared the region of modern-day Moldova a region within the Soviet sphere of influence. This was followed by the Soviet Union’s 1940 “Law on the creation of the Moldova SSR”. With that law, the Soviet Union created the Moldovan Soviet Socialist Republic out of the territory of Transnistria and regions annexed from Romania. When Moldova became independent in 1991, it denounced the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and declared the Soviet Union laws as null and void. All of this history is the major reason why Transnistrian separatists began campaining for independence in the early 1990s, as they consider there to be no other legal or historical basis for the connection of Transnistria’s territory to Moldova.
It is exactly because of this civil war that Transnistria gets virtually no recognition from the international community. The outcome of the war is regarded as an illegal occupation. It doesn’t help the diplomacy that the Transnistrian side received some Russian support during the civil war.
Pictures shown here are from the Tiraspol National History Museum, which has displays relating to the history of the country. There’s maps of Transnistria, exhibits regarding the ethnographic history of the region, as well as the impact of World War II. However, the main focus of the museum is the latter half of the 20th century. There’s several photos showing Tiraspol and its industries in the 1960s and 70s. The most in-depth coverage is devoted to the Transnistria War of 1992, with pictures showing the damage around Tiraspol and the border city of Bender. Russian forces aided the Transnistrian side during the war, but arrived in greater numbers for peacekeeping efforts after a ceasefire was signed in 1992.
There’s also plenty of displays related to the period after Transnistria became independent, with a focus on the small nation’s identity and politics.