Friday, October 19, 2007

Quoted In Portfolio

Sherman Oaks, California

Kit Roane files a piece for Portfolio magazine about travel to hostile countries. Key paragraph:

"Paul Lukacs exemplifies this new type of traveler. In Turkmenistan, the Los Angeles entertainment lawyer marveled at the many statues commemorating Saparmurat Niyazov, the country’s now-deceased dictator and 'president for life.' In Sri Lanka, Lukacs witnessed a place in the grip of civil war. And in North Korea, he said, he glimpsed 'one of the world’s few remaining unreconstructed command-and-control economies,' where blackouts are a daily occurrence.

" 'Why go to Barcelona when you can visit Ceuta or Melilla, the two Spanish enclaves in Africa?' Lukacs says. 'When I travel, I want to be far away from my world, to see how differently other people live, to learn what traits are human constants and which ones are cultural color.'"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul, have you ever considered traveling to unrecognized quasi-states? There are several around the world including Transdniestria, Abkhazia, Northern Cyprus, Somaliland, and Nagorno Karabakh.

4:49 AM  
Blogger Paul Karl Lukacs said...

Definitely. Although quasi-states require a lot of planning and research. For example, entry into Nagorno Karabakh requires an N.K. visa, but N.K. is surrounded by Azerbaijan, which won't let you in if your passport has an N.K. visa.

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to get the N.K. visa in Yerevan and enter through Armenia. There is a protected road corridor from Armenia to N.K. I believe you could go by helicoptor from Armenia as well, if you wanted to spend the dough. From what I have seen, there are tour operators that will bring people from Armenia into N.K. So it probably wouldn't be that difficult to accomplish.

10:06 PM  
Anonymous Jon Klarfeld said...

Paul, have you ever considered traveling to semi-recognized quasi-sovereign city states? What about Antartica?

12:06 AM  
Blogger James said...

I'm excited to say that I have been to two of those quasi-states! Abkhazia back in the days when there was actually a bit of a 'border crossing' when going from 'Georgia' was quite a trip, especially when the drunken 'border guards' realized they had some Americans in the car. Northern Cyprus was also interesting, since the Greek Cypriots really seemed hurt that anyone would consider going there.

4:21 PM  

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