Beat of…Warsaw

Warsaw has been the subject of attention in a lot of media reports lately, partly due to the fact the city is co-hosting the UEFA Euro 2012 championships, but also because a BBC report brought to the attention of the world the rampant racism and anti-semitism in Poland. Having been to the country just over a month ago, how did I as a black person fare on? Is there more to the country than xenophobia?

Beat of….Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf is often overlooked in favor of its more popular sister Cologne, but this elegant, modern city on the eastern bank of the Rhine River has risen steadily to defy its origins as the dorf (village) at the mouth of the river Dussel, a tributary of the Rhine.