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Apart from reminding me that there really is no substitute for first-hand experience when it comes to travel writing, my recent holiday to Norway rekindled my love of foreign languages. I am endlessly intrigued by the way they are spoken, the way they shape and reflect local culture, and the comical misunderstandings they cause. For… read more »

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I once went to a beach in Denmark. Expecting merry umbrellas flapping in the soft sand, I found instead a rock-hard strip of land occupied by a long row of cars parked side by side, with Danish families sheltering between them on folding chairs, apparently unaware that they looked like extras in some surrealistic outdoor… read more »