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Latvia

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Zip Facts about Latvia:

  • Before the Soviet occupation, Latvia was predominantly a rural society, which has been captured both in its folk songs (dainas) and in its landscape art movement
  • Riga, the largest city of the three Baltic States (Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania) and the capital of Latvia, is known for some of the best Art Nouveau architecture in Europe
  • Wheat, rye, and potatoes are the mainstays of the Latvian diet, along with dairy products, such as curd cheese, sour cream, butter, and milk. Pork and smoked fish are commonly eaten and celebrated meals may contain yeast breads, such as klingeris, or piragi bread stuffed with onions and bacon
  • While men and women share equal employment levels, and more women graduate from university than men, Latvian males are four times more likely to become employers. Women are still underrepresented in the political arena, and may be primarily employed as teachers or nurses, or other lower paying occupations
  • The Latvia, Jacob Davis, invented and brought the rivets to Levi Strauss to make their very famous jeans

Latvia Alvis Zemzaris 1961 - Latvian painter - Tutt'Art@Alvis Zemzaris

http://www.tuttartpitturasculturapoesiamusica.com/search/label/Latvian%20Artist

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

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

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Lebanon

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Zip Facts about Lebanon:

  • Lebanon is considered the oldest country name in the world (from “Ibri” meaning “white”) and has remained the same for over 4000 years. The cedar tree in the middle of the flag represents thousand years of Lebanese history as cedar was the chief export and mentioned 75 times in the Old Testament
  • The Lebanon city of Byblos is considered to be the world’s oldest city still in existence, the origin of the first alphabet, and the derivation for the name of “The Holy Bible”
  • Cities in Lebanon are very densely populated and most people live in western-style apartments. Generally, the architecture of city and government buildings are simple, with little adornments or paintings
  • Lebanon is the only Asian country without a desert
  • The cuisine of Lebanon is mainly Mediterranean in style, pita bread, hummus, bean dishes, rice, and pasta are very popular

Latvia Alvis Zemzaris 1961 - Latvian painter - Tutt'Art@Kal Gajoum

http://www.tuttartpitturasculturapoesiamusica.com/2012/12/Kal-Gajoum.html#more

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

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Laos

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Zip Facts about Laos:

  • Almost 60% of the population in Laos is ethnically Lao, although more ethnic Lao live in Thailand than in Laos. Most people in Laos live in rural villages centered around a temple
  • The original name of Laos was “Lang Sang” which means “the country of the million elephants and a white umbrella”
  • Laos is the only Southeast Asian country which is landlocked and has no navy, but does offer beach holidays on the shores of its large lakes
  • Sticky rice is the traditional staple food, which is usually eaten with fingers and dipped into fish or chili pastes. Laab is a popular dish of chopped meat and spices, eaten either raw or cooked. Rice whisky and rice beer are often consumed on special occasions, although foods do not usually have any special meanings
  • Women were granted full citizen rights and the right to vote in 1957

Laos marisa-darasavath_3_864Marisa Darasavath,Untitled(2013)

http://artasiapacific.com/Blog/SpotlightLaosAtSingaporeBiennale2013

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

Link to Map:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/recipemap-asia1.pdf

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Lesotho

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Zip Facts about Lesotho:

  • Lesotho (le-Soo-too), originally Basutoland, is often referred to as “The Kingdom in the Sky” and compared to Switzerland for its beautiful rugged mountainous terrain
  • Lesotho is the only independent state totally elevated above 4500 feet (highest low point in the world at 4593 ft)
  • The nation of Lesotho is very homogeneous in its ethnicity, its religion, and its culture, but despite these potentially unifying features, the national identity of this small country is influenced greatly by its dependence on its surrounding nations
  • Lesotho Brown, a 601 carat diamond was found in 1967 in the mountains by a Basuto woman. It has not been the only large diamond found there
  • Pap-pap, a cornmeal porridge, is a main staple of Basotho cuisine and it is usually accompanied by assorted vegetables. Cows may be sacrificed for ceremonial occasions, but local beers (joale) are served at more informal gatherings

lesotho Art-Steve-1-297x394Steve Mashoabathe Rasehloho

http://www.morija.co.ls/arts-and-culture/basotho-artists/steve-mashoabathe/

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

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

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Libya

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Zip Facts about Libya:

  • Idris, the only King of Libya and the head of the Senussi Muslim order, was overthrown by the Revolutionary Leader Muammar Al Qadhafi in 1969
  • Libyan cuisine is quite consistent despite differences in urban, rural, and nomadic lifestyles of the people. Couscous is the national dish, and, as for most meals, is eaten out of a communal bowl
  • Libya has the highest literacy rate in North Africa (over 80%) and provides a free education system for all of its citizens
  • In Libya, girls may marry at fourteen, while men are expected to wait until their mid-twenties. About 20% of the marriages, arranged by the parents, follow the rule of “first right”, where the male first cousin needs to waive his right to the girl before she can marry someone else
  • While there is a strong move toward female emancipation, purdah (traditional custom of secluding and veiling women) still persists

Libya 56-3958860-meemol-moroaat-ali-omar-ermes Ali Omar Ermes, “Meemol Moroaat”

http://www.aliomarermes.co.uk/artwork/artworks/available-artworks/meemol-moroaat/

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

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

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Liechtenstein

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Zip Facts about Liechtenstein:

  • Liechtenstein (along with Uzbekistan) are the only countries to be doubly-landlocked, bordered on all sides by landlocked countries
  • Liechtenstein’s population is slightly more than 30,000, it has no army and about two dozen police officers
  • There is a semi-formal dining etiquette in Liechtenstein which includes dressing appropriately and arriving on time, bring a gift or bottle of wine, and if the guest of honor, be prepared to give a toast after the host. “Guten appetite!”
  • If you can’t cut the food with your fork which is preferred, keep your knife in your right hand and your fork in the left and place both in the 5:00 position on your plate when finished. Make sure to clean your plate
  • Liechtenstein was slow to give women the right to vote which didn’t happen until 1984

Liechtenstein DagmarDagmar Frick-Islitzer, “Silver Plum” (2010)

http://www.artnet.li/?page=1&sid=578&lan=en

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

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

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Luxembourg

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Zip Facts about Luxembourg:

  • “Mir wëlle bleiwe, war mir sin”, the national motto of Luxembourg, means “We want to remain what we are”
  • Native born Luxembourgers are generally trilingual, learning Luxembourgish (Letzebuergesch) from infancy, German in elementary school, to be replaced by French in the later grades
  • Luxembourg has the highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita in the world at about three times the average GDP of all of Europe, and has been ranked first in Europe and fourth in the world for economic freedom
  • The traditional food of Luxembourg was primarily a mixture of fine French dishes with hearty German flavors, and currently .influenced by Italian and Portuguese ingredients. Reisling wines and plum brandies (eaux-de-vie) produced in Luxembourg are popular beverages and are used in sauces as well
  • When invited to someone’s home, it is expected that you bring a gift of flowers or fine chocolates to the hostess, flowers usually in odd numbers, but never 13

Luxembourg BrandyRobert Brandy

http://www.timotca.org/html/artists/luxembourg.htm

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

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

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