FUNNY WOMEN #141: How to Write about Eastern Europe http://therumpus.net/2016/07/funny-women-141-how-to-talk-abou...
"Don’t be afraid to use the expression “no man’s land” in reference to places where millions of people live. If anybody complains, say it’s a metaphor. You (the writer) went to Eastern Europe because you were sent by a magazine to make sense of what happens there. To establish your credentials, you have to make there sound like a distant place. Because anybody can jump on a cheap flight and travel there with relative ease (not to mention that many large cities around the world are full of Eastern European immigrants), your assignment is to show that everything in that faraway land—people, cities, history, even Facebook—is different from here." ‎- JustDuckie
So many articles seem to follow this advice (and not just about Eastern Europe). ‎- John B.