The widely shared feeling of dissatisfaction in the heart of Europe cannot be dismissed simply as a product of people's unrealistic expectations of the change that the fall of communism would create. It is also a reflection of some real backsliding in countries that were once seen as unequivocal reform successes.
The sights and sounds of our trip - all lost in a blur of alcohol, sweat and after-sun. Not that there isn't a place for the 'don't-remember-it' holiday - but while you're young, free and full of energy, now is the time to see the world, not just the floor of your hotel bathroom. Make sure you experience these ten holidays before your 30th birthday.
There are two big reasons why a Karel Schwarzenberg win should charm us all. First, in an era of bling, celebrity, and growing cynicism about politics, Schwarzenberg embodies a rare combination of values: he represents authenticity and integrity, a certain old-world elegance, without taking himself too seriously.