19 pictures of American flags in Iran… and United States military merchandise, too!

You wouldn't expect to see too many American flags in Iran, would you? Well, the truth is, there are a lot of them. Surprisingly, many of them are seen in a positive light! And they're all out in the open, not hidden in some dark alley. As you scroll through the first...
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Iran Road Trip: One American, One Iranian, & Our 6,400km Adventure!

In September and October of 2019, I went with my Iranian friend, Soroush, on a month-long Iran road trip which spanned 6,400 kilometers (nearly 4,000 miles). Looking back, that month was perhaps the most emotional, unforgettable, and educational experience of my...
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The hijab in Iran: 5 stories from the inside

All women are forced to wear a hijab in Iran, including female tourists. As a pro-liberty American, I witnessed the effects of dress code laws while visiting Iran for a month. At times I saw the effortless regularity of women reluctantly covering themselves. At other...
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Schengen: “free and unrestricted”, except when not

If you're going to travel in Europe, it's valuable to know what the Schengen Area is and how it relates to border security. According to SchengenVisaInfo.com, Schengen Area, named after “the Schengen Agreement” signifies a zone where 26 different European nations,...

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Saying goodbye to Italy

Sorry, Italy, but I have to move on. Multiple factors working together have brought me back to Munich! I still have at least a few things I want to do in Germany. I'm not sure why, but this flight just felt very "whatever". As I was on my way to the airport, I...

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Political sights of post-Communist Budapest, Hungary

For as long as I can remember, I've heard of these people called "European socialists". Until the last few years, I had always thought the claims were overblown. Then, I traveled to the UK, where they have political parties that unashamedly have "Socialist" and...

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The hard-hitting images of the Berlin Wall

What remains of The Berlin Wall can still be seen in many parts of Berlin today. My first day in Berlin, I didn't waste any time. I went right for the main part of the wall and spent some time remembering the 136 people who died defending the wall, trying to get over...

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