World War II Archive

A day trip to Macau from Hong Kong

Although there are plenty of things to do in Hong Kong, there’s an entirely different experience to be had in Macau, which is just an hour or so away by ferry. Like Hong Kong, Macau is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, meaning that while it does belong to China, it has a […]

A visit to Patarei Prison in Tallinn, Estonia

I visited Estonia after having come from Latvia. As I wrote about that part of my trip, the Soviet era was rough for the Baltic states. One gruesome reminder of the Soviet occupation of Estonia is Patarei Prison. Built originally as a sea fortress during the 1800s, Patarei eventually was used as a massive prison by the […]

Riga, Latvia – Museums & a tough 20th century

Riga, Latvia shares a similar history with the rest of the Baltic region. During the 20th century, Riga was constantly stuck between two massive powers, Germany & Russia. The city, along with the rest of Latvia, found itself being passed back and forth between the two, with brief periods of independence as well. Here’s a […]

Riga, Latvia – Exploring the Old Town

I arrived in Riga, Latvia early in the morning before my hotel room was ready. I left my suitcase at the hotel, and set off to explore the Old Town for a while. The entire Historic Centre of Riga is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. My first stop was obvious. On my way […]