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Tuvalu

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Zip Facts about Tuvalu: 

  • The Tuvalu Islands were formerly the Ellice Islands (part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands) after the English politician Edward Ellice.  The Polynesians of the Ellice Islands voted to separate from the Micronesians of the Gilbert Islands in 1974
  • Tuvalu, part of Polynesia, is one of the smallest countries in the world, consisting of nine low-lying atolls
  • “Tuvalu” mo te Atua”, their motto meaning Tuvalu for the Almighty, shows the connection of the island inhabitants to the Tuvalu Christian Church
  • By selling its .tv domain suffix, Tuvalu was able to afford its membership in the U.N.
  • In the stamp scandal of 1916, the postmaster at Funafuti (the capital city) was hoodwinked by the local senior medical officer and stamp collector to produce lesser value rubber stamped surcharges at a time of shortage of the higher value stamps, thus creating rare and valuable postage for the medical officer’s gain

tuvalu huangTaiwanese artist Vincent J. F. Huang represented Tuvalu at the 55th International Art Exhibition in Venice

http://www.dw.com/en/taiwanese-artist-tries-to-save-tuvalu-in-venice/a-16857432

Link to Recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/tuvalu/

Link to Map:   https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/recipemap-oceania.pdf

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Saudi Arabia

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Zip Facts about Saudi Arabia:

  • Saudi Arabia is set to finish the world’s tallest building “Kingdom Tower” by 2018, which, at more than a kilometer, is at the limits of engineering
  • It is a capital offense to practice any magic or sorcery in Saudi Arabia, even the Harry Potter book series are banned
  • Traditional meals in Saudi Arabia were historically simple but currently have become more varied and elaborate. Rice, usually with chicken, has become the staple food, over dates, milk, camel, and goats. The national beverage is still light roasted Arabic coffee, with cardamom, no sugar
  • In Saudi Arabia, there is strict gender segregation which is sanctioned by society and by the state, men generally have more rights than women
  • Almost all adults marry as this is considered a necessary part of life, but divorce is common and much easier for men than women

Saudi Arabia samia_khashoggi_1Samiah Khashoggi

http://alienmemoirs.typepad.com/my_weblog/2006/05/art_by_saudi_wo.html

Link to Recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/saudi-arabia/

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Saint Lucia

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 Zip Facts about Saint Lucia:

  •  Saint Lucia, part of the Lesser Antilles, is one on the most mountainous Caribbean islands, and is the second largest of the Windward Islands
  • The Gros Piton and Petit Piton are twin volcanic peaks that rise out of the Caribbean Sea
  • December 13th is Saint Lucy’s day, also the winter’s solstice or the shortest day of the year.  Saint Lucia was named after the saint, a Christian martyr in Sicily in 310AD by French colonizers
  • Saint Lucia Jazz Festival in May is their biggest festival and it draws many famous international jazz artists
  • Amazona Versicolor, Jacquot, or the St. Lucia Parrot, is the national bird of St. Lucia, native only to these islands.  St. Lucia was once known as the “Island of the Iguanas”

Lucia Koi BaptisteJean Baptiste (Koi series, silk painting)

http://www.jean-baptiste.com/#!ditsu-koi/c1de5

Link to Recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/saint-lucia/

Link to Map:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/recipemap-southamerica.pdf

https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/recipemap-northamerica.pdf

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Saint Kitts and Nevis

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 Zip Facts about Saint Kitts and Nevis: 

  • The center of both islands is a volcanic mountain range with black and white beaches on opposite sides. Nevis is smaller, surrounded by coral reefs, is almost solely a single mountain, and is separated from St. Kitts by “The Narrows” channel.  Together, they are part of the Leeward Islands and the oldest colonized territories of the Caribbean
  • St. Kitts is the nickname of the patron saint of its discoverer, Christopher Columbus, originally named San Cristobal by him.  The current full name of the islands is the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis
  • While American tourists enjoy local food favorites such as goat water stew, mutton curry, or pepper-pot stew, they can also get a taste of home at Kentucky Fried Chicken in the capital city of Basseterre
  • The motto of the island is “Country above self”
  • Green Vervet Monkeys are the favorite pets of the Kittitians

St Kitts Kate SpencerKate Spencer

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Link to Recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/saint-kitts-and-nevis/

Link to Map:    https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/recipemap-northamerica.pdf

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Vanuatu

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Zip Facts about Vanuatu:

  • Vanuatu (“Land Eternal”) is an archipelago of more than 80 islands and is located between Fiji and New Caledonia, about 1,400 miles off the coast of Australia and straddles the “Pacific Ring Of Fire”
  • The island was originally inhabited by the “Melanesian” people.  Melanesia, from the Greek meaning “Black Islands”, comprises the four major island countries; Vanuatu, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and some other non-independent states, including New Caledonia
  • In 1839, the first missionaries arrived in Vanuatu, two were eaten
  • The traditional drink of Vanuatu is kava, and the national dish is ‘lap – lap’, a sweet or savory vegetable porridge, cooked in coconut milk
  • In addition to English and French, Bislama (from the Portuguese word for sea cucumber) is pidgin English and considered one of the official languages of Vanuatu.  Vanuatu has over 100 indigenous languages making it known for the greatest number of languages per person in the world

Vanuatu PiliokoAloi Pilioko

http://www.timotca.org/art/Vanuatu.html

Link to Recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/vanuatu/

Link to Map:   https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/recipemap-oceania.pdf

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San Marino

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Zip Facts about San Marino: 

  • San Marino is traditionally considered to be the oldest republic still standing, founded in 301 AD by Marinus, a Christian stonecutter escaping persecution
  • The original “Little Italy”, 24 square miles, landlocked, and surround by Italy on all sides, San Marino is divided into nine castelli (municipalities)
  • San Marino has a very solid economy, no national debt, a budget surplus, and one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe
  • San Marino is the third largest shopping district in the world
  • San Marino is known for its “Torta di Tre Monti” (cake of the three mountains), a chocolate and wafer cake with hazelnut and coffee creams covered in chocolate fondant

San Marino carte-postale-glace-nicoletta-ceccoliNicoletta Ceccoli

https://lachicaoliviaruiz.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/nicoletta-ceccoli/

Link to Recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/san-marino/

Link to Map:   https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/recipemap-europe.pdf

212px-San_Marino_Pets_bTake a Photo of Your Pet (2009) – pictures sent in to Post Office


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Sao Tome and Principe

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Zip Facts about Sao Tome and Principe:

  • In the geographic isolation of Sao Tome and Principe, there is only a few endemic terrestrial mammals, the Sao Tome shrew and a few species of bats.  The world’s largest sunbird and the smallest ibis also reside on these islands
  • Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington conducted his experiments on the island of Principe in 1919 during a total eclipse to test the bending of light rays by a gravitational field
  • Sao Tome was named after St Thomas as the explorer found the island on his celebration day, and Principe was named after the Prince of Portugal to whom duties on the sugar crop of the island was paid
  • Portuguese ballroom dancing may have strongly influenced the São Toméan ússua and socopé rhythms, and the dêxa beat of Príncipe
  • Sao Tome is one of the poorest countries, importing almost 90% of its supplies.  The Portuguese colonize Sao Tome to export sugar, and then they became the major exporters of cocoa.  In 2006, in partnership with the Chevron Corp., Sao Tome began exploration drilling in the Gulf of Guinea

Sao Tome joao_carlos_silvaJoão Carlos Silva, “S/título, técnica mista” (2002)

http://www.artafrica.info/html/artistas/artista.php?ida=170

Link to Recipe: https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/sao-tome-and-principe/

Link to Map:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/map-of-africa.pdf

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