In this episode: A full report from the Cypriot capital, plus Greek food, St. Helen cats, and more. Recorded 10/1/22 in Nicosia, Cyprus
Visiting Istanbul, Turkey a few years ago was very eye opening. Divided by the Bosphorus strait, it is on two continents. I spent my time on the European side and watched the sunset over Asia. The stark poverty and the amount of refugees begging for assistance was overwhelming.
My first visit to Germany was not long after the Berlin Wall came down. We went to Eisenach, which had been part of East Germany. General Motors had just started producing cars there. It built a new factory next to the old Wartburg factory, which had closed down, and now a shell. Our hosts drove us all over town and showed us the checkpoints staffed by Russian soldiers, as well as their barracks. They were still there, but friendly. I went back a few years later and it was all gone - checkpoints, barracks, old factory. If you didn’t remember them, you would not know they had been there.
Weirton, West Virginia is divided by a county line - most is in Hancock County and the rest (southern portion) is in Brooke. Bluefield is in 2 States - Bluefield, West Virginia and Bluefield, Virginia, the Stateline runs through it.