In the footsteps of Alexander the Great

Under the scorching sun of Macedonia miles of grasslands, the swell of the hills and the dramatic rise of the mountains cornering the Aegean Sea hide a precious heirloom handed down from the IV century BCE: the rise of Macedon from a petty kingdom in the northeastern part of Greece to an empire that dominated [...]

Quotes to live by: the Classics edition, part one

Recently, I stumbled upon an unfortunate conversation in a Whatsapp group. It does not really matter what the purpose of that group was, nor the people who were part of it. While I was reading the rather inflamed conversation about the merits and flaws of a specific speech therapy, one person typed a real gem. [...]

A four days stay in Kuche, the ancient kingdom of Qiuci

I arrived at the Kuche railway station at 7 in the morning, cramped after a sleepless night spent on the train from Urumqi. I had treated myself with a ruanwo (soft sleeper), and opting for the bottom bunk so I could easily move in the coach, sit down and go to the toilet. Of course, [...]