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... old daughter approach me. Then the woman says something to her daughter that I'll never forget. "Say hello to that man" What? Did I hear that right? A mother telling her daughter to say hello to a suspicious looking stranger walking down the street? Never, never would I give my daughter such instructions, be it in Morocco or the United States. And then it hits me: there are no "suspicious looking strangers" in this part of the world. Just people ...
... rates in the world. But how can a tiny country like this compete industrially with the mega-manufacturers like China, Turkey and Germany? Simple: focus on the low quantity, highly valuable items that the big boys might overlook. Take dentures for example. If you wear dentures, chances are they weren't mass produced in a factory in ...
... if I can follow or blaze a trail through the woods myself. Good thing I got some food, as I'd be running out of energy without it. Finally after what feels like hours and hours, I reach Plaken. Like Triesenburg, it's mostly just large, modern houses--no historical core here. There is a nice view of the valley--with clear skies this time. Kind of an isolated ...
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It's time to continue on. Just down the road is my 4th Liechtenstein town: Schaan which is actually the largest "city" in the country. Not a lot to see here, other than a nice stone Anglo-style church--and a billboard with a Bible verse, and graffiti sprayed over it that says "STOP MISIONERUNE" I take it that means "stop missionarying us!".
... a bit about the history and economy of the country. After reading them and doing further research online, I still can't quite figure out why Liechtenstein is an independent country. Unlike San Marino, it doesn't have special geographical features making it easy to defend. Sure, there are mountains on the east. But it would still be easy to invade from the west or the north, coming from Austria. During the Middle Ages, Europe consisted of thousands of ...
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