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Tallinn, Estonia: A Mecca for Introverts, Tech Gurus & Door Enthusiasts

View of Tallinn Old Town

In 2011 I saw a short documentary called Hing (Breath) about the only female chimney sweep in Estonia. That was all it took, and I was hooked. Then again, maybe the interest was always there. After all, years before that, I wrote a short story with a character named Tallinn. So, who knows… I couldn’t put […]

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An Incident at the Theatre: Is Dark Tourism Right for Me?

Old Operating Theatre, London, Medical Tourism, Dark Tourism, Cultura Obscura

​Have you ever passed out? I don’t recommend it. Not only do you lose control of yourself, but there’s a very real possibility of injuring yourself as well. You might hit your head on the way down, or fall from a height depending on where you are. It’s also extremely disorientating, as most of the time it takes a while to realise what’s happened[…]

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Top 10 Dark Tourism Excursions in London

Medical equipment, Old Operating Theatre, St Thomas Hospital, London, dark tourism, Cultura Obscura

London has had a long, dark history. I guess that’s unavoidable in a city as old as London, though. Still, this makes it a pretty ideal dark tourism destination. While we were there, we set out to see as many of the sites and monuments associated with this dark history as possible […]

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4 Walking Tours for Experiencing London’s Darker Side

St Olaves Hart Street, Plague Tour, London, dark tourism, Cultura Obscura

Walking tours weren’t on my radar until recently. I was aware of them before now but not with any knowledge of how they operated. Previously, my idea of a tour usually involved a swarm of people in shorts, sunglasses and holiday hats. They’d be constantly snapping photos, and they normally packed onto a bus.So I […]

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Coping With Culture Shock in India

Goat & Cow, India, Culture Shock, Cultura Obscura

A lot of people say India is the worst culture shock. And I believe that. Because for the first 3 weeks I lived there, I hated every second. Nothing in my life prepared me for what was happening, and my mother felt ill-prepared, as well. By the time we left, I fell in love with India. It became home – the food, stray animals, even the smells which once made me gag were now oddly comforting – and when we returned to the United States six months later, I was devastated. Literally heartbroken. India ignited in me a passion for travel. But that passion took time to grow. At least for me it did […]

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