Marcin Konkel

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv. It's the second largest city in Izrael with close to half a million inhabitants. It is also the centre of Izrael's high-tech being similar to Silicon Valley in California. It's the home of ICQ (100 million users world-wide) which once revolutionised communication over the Internet in the 90's and was bought by AOL in 1998. That being said, it is also a very picturesque city which was beutifully shown in time-lapse in Noam Armonn's video. Enjoy.

A cup of espresso

SHKODER | Three man talking and drinking in a local pub.

It was a hot day when we arrived at the mosque. We've gone through the city in the bus seeing what Ulcinj has given us a foretaste of. Derelict buildings with custom made electrical installations, people begging on the streets from time to time. Still, this place had something elusive in it. You were able to grasp only at times if you were attentive enough.

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A family theme park unsuitable for children

Jamie Brightmore takes us for a short visit to Banksy's Dismaland. A land where smile gives way to sadness and where the artists (close to sixty) from all over the world have gathered with their work. It's an unusual theme park that was located in Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England. Local residents of the city were told that a Hollywood company called Atlas Entertainment was using the location to film a crime thriller called Grey Fox. It opened it's doors on the weekend of 21 August 2015 and closed permanently on September 27, 2015. Every Friday you could attend a concert from such artists as Run the Jewels, De La Soul, Damon Albarn, and Pussy Riot.

Banksy himself called the endeavour: "family theme park unsuitable for children.". Jamie dedicates his movie to all the folks who queued and didn't get in, the artists and Banksy. 

Autumn in the capital

LONDON | A bike parked in Hyde Park.

Last weekend, apart from business matters, I've spent strolling around London and having pints with friends (cheers!). Having found an accommodation near Hyde Park it was a perfect opportunity to experience autumn in the city and unwind for a few days. Many people say that London's weather is nasty and it can only be worse in Ireland. On the other hand, some people from Ireland treat UK's capital a place with far better climate then their own. It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows but still I did not mind.

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Paradise lost

ULCINJ | A small dock for boats close to the Old Town.

11:20 bus to Ulcinj cost us 7 EUR per person for a 2h / 65 km drive. The road included few traffic jams (less than in the other direction though). By arriving to the city, according to Lonely Planet guide to Balkans, you can taste Albania without necessarily going there. Sixty to eighty five percent of people there are Albanian. Ulcinj has once been within Albanian borders. The city's vibe is quite different, to say the least, from what we've seen so far.

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Pure simplicity

Nowadays's world enables most of us to travel where they want, see what they dream to see. The only constraint might be money, health or one's own imagination. Still, there are things in life that don't cost a dime. There is a saying that: "The best things in life are free". When you stop and look around, contemplate the moment, you'll notice the colours and beauty that surround you. Frank has captured such moments in Cost Rica. Look and see for yourself.

A #short about two terminals

There are 366 heavy rail passenger stations in and around London. Some of them you might find quite interesting due to their history, architecture or function. The below two combine few of those traits. Learn more about Cannon Street and London Bridge stations.

LONDON | Cannon Street station.Cannon Street is a terminal station approached across the River Thames by the Cannon Street Railway Bridge. Its approach by rail is by a triangular connection to both London Bridge and Charing Cross. The River building has a roof garden which was designed, constructed and still maintained by CC Cousins Ltd a facilities solutions provider based in Rochester, Kent. Covering about 1 acre (0.40 ha). The project cost about £500,000.
LONDON | London Bridge Station viewed from The Shard.The mainline station, which is the oldest railway station in London fare zone 1 and one of the oldest in the world having opened in 1836, contains nine terminal platforms and six through-platforms for services from the south and south-east of London. Through services continue to Charing Cross or Cannon Street. In terms of passenger arrivals and departures it is the fourth-busiest station in London as well as the United Kingdom as a whole, handling over 54 million customers a year. (These statistics do not include the many commuters who transfer between lines at the station.).