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Oman

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Zip Facts about Oman:

  • Oman is an inherited absolute monarchy, the sultan and prime minister is the chief of state and the head of government
  • The Omani deserts seem to be a magnet for meteorites falling to earth, especially from Mars
  • Even though the Sultanate of Oman joined the United Nations in 1971, the government did not allow tourists to enter the country until the 1900s
  • Oman is famous for the shrub, Myrtus communis (yas), the leaves of which are often used to create perfume.
  • The hirz is a necklace worn by Omani women for protection and for holding verses from the Koran

Oman work-in-the-beauty-of-civilization-p1-mask9Raya Saleh Al Manji

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


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Pakistan

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Zip Facts about Pakistan:

  • After Indonesia, Pakistan has the second largest Muslim population in the world
  • Pakistan had the first woman leader of a Muslim country
  • Pakistan separated from India on the same day it gained its independence from British rule
  • Hockey is the national sport of Pakistan, but cricket is the country’s most popular game. Eight of Pakistan’s ten Olympic medals were earned for hockey
  • The national bird of Pakistan is Alectoris chukar (partridge), the national animal is Capra falconeri (Markhor goat), and the national flower is Jasminium officinale

Pakistan 106-30x36canves(1)Mashkoor Raza, “Untitled”

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

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Panama

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 Zip Facts about Panama:

  • Love the palindrome! –  “a man a plan a canal panama”
  • The Panama hat is not from Panama, it is from Ecuador
  • Panama is only 80 kilometers at its narrowest distance, you can see the sunrise in the Pacific and the sunset in the Atlantic, and swim both oceans in the same day
  • Panama is considered the “bridge of the world”, the “seafood capital of the south”, and for the scuba divers, the “wreck capital of the south”
  • The toll to cross the Panama canal is based on the ship’s cargo space.  One of the highest tolls was paid by the Crown Princess, a passenger superliner for $144, 344.91 and the lowest by Richard Halliburton in 1928 for $0.36 to swim the canal

Panama Dunn

A scene from the barrio, by Jorge Dunn (1934-2007)

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

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

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Papua New Guinea

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 Zip Facts about Papua New Guinea:

  • Papua New Guinea, including the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, and the Bougainville Island, is the second largest island in the world, after Greenland. Politically, it is still a part of the Solomon Islands
  • Papua comes from the Malay word “papuwah” for the “frizzled” nature of Melanesian hair
  • Seashells were used as currency until 1933
  • Root crops such as taro, sago, and yams are the basis for the traditional dishes of Papua New Guinea
  • The only known poisonous bird on earth, the Hooded Pitohui (Pitohui dichrous), makes its home in Papua New Guinea. Touching the bird causes tingling and numbness from the homobatrachotoxin, a neurotoxin found in the feathers and skin

Papua tsunami

Mathias Kauage OBE (1944-2003)

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Link to Recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/papua-new-guinea/

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

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Paraguay

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 Zip Facts about Paraguay:

  • The name Paraguay comes from Guaraní, derived from para, “of many varieties”, andgua, “riverine”, the river Rio Paraguay which splits the country into an east and west side.
  • Paraguay joins Bolivia as the only two landlocked countries in South America. Despite this condition, Paraguay has a relatively large navy
  • Paraguayans greet each other with adios instead of hello as a way to indicate their “busy” lives
  • Paraguayans really know how to throw a barbeque, with over 30,000 hungry eaters, they wound up in the Guinness Book of Records
  • “En Seguida” is a very handy phrase, especially when you are running late.  While it literally means “in a minute”, it is assumed to mean anything from a minute to never

Paraguay blindermaternidad1Olga Blinder (1921-2008)

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Link to Recipe:  http://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/paraguay

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

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Peru

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 Zip Facts about Peru:

  • Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, the Nazca Lines in the Nazca Desert of southern Peru are a series of ancient geoglyphs.
  • It is thought that the avocado, the tomato, and the potato originated in Peru, hence the phrase “Soy mas Peruano que la papa” (I am more Peruvian than thepotato)
  • A New Year’s tradition is the giving of yellow underpants to friends and family
  • Peru is known for their many natural and man-made wonders including Cerro Blanco (the highest sand dune in the world), the Nazca Lines, the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, the Amazon Jungle and Rain Forest, Cotahuasi Canyon (twice as deep as the Grand Canyon) and Lake Titicaca (the world’s highest navigable lake)
  • A traditional festival dish is the crispy “cuy” or guinea pig, served whole. The national drink is the “Pisco Sour”, using Pisco brandy, sugar water, lemons, egg whites, ice and a splash of bitters

peru orellana8Hugo Orellana Bonilla (1932–2007)

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

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

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Philippines

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 Zip Facts about Philippines:

  • The Philippine flag is flown differently in time of war and peace time, blue side up for peace and red side up for war
  • The country was named in honor of King Philip II of Spain.  It is an archipelago divided into three major island groups with over 7000 islands, of which Luzon is the largest
  • More texts are sent daily in the Philippines than in the US and Europe combined
  • While karaoke means “singing without accompaniment” in Japanese, it was invented in the Philippines by Roberto del Rosario
  • Traditionally, it is considered bad manners to open a gift right when it is given

Philippines Ati-Atihan II-LPacita Abad, “Ati-Atihan II