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Germany

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Zip Facts about Germany:

  • In Bavaria, beer is officially considered a food and Germans are the second largest consumers in the world. Germany boasts 1300 beer breweries with 5000 kinds of beer.  To order a beer, Germans use their thumb instead of their index finger
  • Germany has the world’s oldest brewery (Weihenstephaner), tallest cathedral (Ulm Cathedral), first protestant university (University of Marburg), two biggest clocks (in Baden-Wurttemberg), oldest savings bank (in Oldenburg), oldest motorway (German Autobahn), and the biggest train station (Lehrter Bahnhof)
  • The longest word published in the German language is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft (79 letters, meaning subordinate officials of the head office of the Danube steamboat electrical services). The longest technical word in English describes a family of proteins (189,819 letters, “titin” for short), and the longest non-technical word is the 34-letter “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”
  • The term “ecology” was coined by the German biologist Ernst Haeckel in 1866. Austria, Switzerland and Germany are the world’s most conscientious recyclers
  • When answering the phone, Germans use their surname as a greeting instead of “Hi” or “Hello”

Germany oehlenAlbert Oehlen,Untitled” (1994)

https://news.artnet.com/market/artnet-news-top-10-most-expensive-living-german-artists-10145

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

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

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Gambia

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Zip Facts about Gambia:

  • The Republic of The Gambia (formerly British), the smallest country in mainland Africa, is bordered by on three sides by Senegal (formerly French), with its small west coast on the Atlantic Ocean
  • The highest point in The Gambia is Red Rock at 53m above sea level, there are no mountains to climb here
  • The capital city, Banjul, is one of the first towns to be established in West Africa, and is the sister city of Newark, New Jersey
  • “Roots”, the 1977 TV series was filmed in The Gambia
  • Baboon Islands, a rehabilitation center for chimpanzees, is off limits to human visitors

Gambia dancing_lady_juteIsha Fofana, “Dancing Lady”

http://farakunku-lodges.com/sample_programme.html

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

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

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Christmas Day

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

Link to Map for U.S.:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/north-america-map.pdf

Link to U. S. Holiday/Special Occasions page: https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/united_states/


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Georgia

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Zip Facts about Georgia:

  • Georgia, a transcontinental country located both in Eastern Europe and Southwest Asia, is divided by the Likhi Mountain Range. Although technically considered part of Asia, it is culturally more Eastern European
  • The World Bank considers Georgia as “the number one economic reformer in te world” and ranks 18th in “ease of doing business”
  • The supra, or Georgian table, is a feast of abundance led by a toastmaster. Many room temperature dishes fill every square inch of the table and hot dishes, brought out during the course of the meal may be piled on top of other dishes
  • Wine grapes were first cultivated in or near Georgia where the oldest remains of wine jugs and vines have been discovered
  • One of the oldest communities in Georgia are the Georgian Jews, who can trace their migration to the Babylonian captivity in the 6th century BC

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White abstactie – Alexander Bandzeladze (1989)

Link to Recipehttps://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/georgia/

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Ghana

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Zip Facts about Ghana:

  • Ghana was originally settled by Africans, but occupied by Europe from 1942. Rule wasn’t imposed until 1874 by Britain as they claimed the land strip that they named the Gold Coast.  Ghana was renamed and gained independence in 1957
  • According to the Global Peace index, Ghana is the most peaceful country in Africa and 40th in the world
  • The world’s largest artificial water body, Lake Volta, which covers 45% of the total land area, was created by the construction of a 370m wide X 124m tall dam at Akosombo in 1996
  • African batik was brought to Ghana from Indonesia by the Dutch. Indonesian batik is handwritten or painted manually, is usually limited to earth colors, and the motif is small and dainty.  African print is industrially printed with larger motifs in any color imaginable
  • As in Indonesia and other cultures, it is impolite to use the left hand for social interactions and eating, particularly because it is thought to be relegated to toilet-related activities

Ghana 9681732_6b066705a3Wisdom Kudowor, “Floral Arrangement”

http://koranteng.blogspot.com/2006/02/wizs-flowers.html

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

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

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Greece

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Zip Facts about Greece:

  • If you are over the age of 18 in Greece, voting is a legal obligation. Children live at home until they marry and grandparents live with their families until death, reducing the need for retirement homes
  • Like some other countries, Greeks celebrate “name day” (their saint’s namesake) more than their own birthdays
  • Greek salutations are not with an open hand or palm exposed, which is considered an insult, and waves are with the palm closed
  • The word “barbarian” comes from the Greek “barbaroi”, meaning those who don’t speak Greek and sound like they are saying “bar-bar-bar”. “Tragedy” originates from the Greek word for “goat song” as Greek tragedies honored Dionysus and actors wore goatskins.  The first Greek tragedy Hence the derivation of “thespian”
  • Olive trees planted in the 13 C. in Greece are still bearing olives, and help to make Greece the third best in the world’s olive production.  Greek mythology alludes to a contest of the best gift between Athena and Poseidon for the guardianship over the city.  The gods decided the winner, Athena’s gift of an olive tree over Poseidon’s gift of water

Greece EratiniYiannis Spyropoulos (1912-1990), Eratini” (1961)

http://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/yiannis-spyropoulos-greek,-1912-1990-73-c-sjw130t4e1

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

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

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Guyana

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Zip Facts about Guyana:

  • Guyana, from the Amerindian word meaning “Land of Many Waters”, is the only English speaking country in South America
  • Kaieteur Falls is the second tallest waterfall in the world with a single drop of 741 feet (compared to Niagara Falls at 167 feet). It is the world’s largest single drop waterfall by volume
  • Jonestown, Guyana, is the site for the politically-motivated mass suicide led by Jim “Mad Messiah” Jones, an American religious cult leader of the People’s Temple, which claimed his 909 followers on November 18, 1978
  • Major sports in Guyana include cricket (nationally part of the West Indian cricket team), softball cricket (beach cricket) and football (soccer)
  • Support for the arts is very limited, as is public funding, which has forced many artists to leave Guyana

guyana bernadetteBernadette Indira Persaud, “The First Reading”

http://kykoveral.blogspot.com/2006/03/first-reading.html

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

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

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Guatemala

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Zip Facts about Guatemala:

  • Standing atop of temple overlooking the Tikal National Park in Guatemala, you might recognize the landscape as a scene for the original Star Wars movie, A New Hope
  • As the most visited country in Central America, Guatemala (from the Mayan-Toltec, meaning “land of trees”) is home to the five national parks of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, Lake Atitlan, a caldera surrounded by 3 conical volcanoes, about 200 Mayan sites, and the Spanish colonial city of Antigua
  • Guatemala is the leading producer of jade (from jadeite) in the world
  • Fiambre, a traditional Guatemalan dish of meats, fish, sausage and vegetables, takes three or four days to make for one holiday only, All Saint’s Day
  • Hershey can thank the Mayans from Guatemala for the invention of the chocolate bar

guatemala pnc003_hPaula Nicho Cumez – “Mi Segundo Piel (My Second Skin)”, 2002

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

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

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Guinea-Bissau

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Zip Facts about Guinea-Bissau:

  • Guinea, used by the Europeans to refer to the African West Coast, comes from the Arabic term meaning “the land of the blacks.” The combination with Bissau (the capital), possibly derived from “Bijago” naming the ethnic island inhabitants along the coast, helps to distinguish this country from Guinea
  • Until the coup in 1980, Guinea-Bissau and the Cape Verde Islands were one country
  • Both traditional and current marriage practices exist in Guyana. There are still some arranged marriages in rural areas, polygamy is accepted, men marry later than women, and widows often remarry their husband’s brother
  • Rice is both a staple and prestige food and is imported for the urban population. Livestock is still sacrificed for consumption and ritual offering during elaborate life cycle ceremonies
  • Guinea Bissau is the world’s sixth largest producer of the cashew nut which makes up 90% of its exports

Guinea Bissau Lemos_Djata_-_Untitled_2_1024x1024Lemos Djata, “Exaustão”

http://www.dinjuga.com/collections/lemos-djata/products/exaustao

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

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

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Haiti

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Zip Facts about Haiti:

  • Haiti, from the Taino Indian word Ayiti meaning “mountainous country,” is the second largest island in the Caribbean, with calcareous (lime) instead of volcanic mountains, a tectonic fault line running through the country, and within the Caribbean hurricane belt
  • In 1804, Haiti became the first independently black-ruled nation in the world with the expulsion of the French. In 1987, a new constitution was adopted and Kreyol replaced French as the primary official language.  Kreyol has the pronunciation and vocabulary of French but the syntax of other creole languages
  • Rural gender roles may not be what they appear to outsiders, men plant the gardens, but women own and market the harvest, thereby controlling the husband’s earnings
  • Who needs a gold standard when you can have a gourd standard. In 1807, President Christophe declared all gourds state property and made them the base of national currency
  • It is believed that Haitians love to gamble, luck depends on the fancy of the gods, who may be encouraged to reveal winning lottery numbers

Haiti Women Moon art3Jean-René Jérôme, “Woman Moon” (1984)

http://parolenarchipel.com/2013/03/27/jean-rene-jerome-lartiste-le-modele-et-la-peinture-4/

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

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

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Hungary

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Zip Facts about Hungary:

  • Hungarian bread (Magyar kenyer) is a very important component of both urban and rural cuisine. Pig breeding, the prominent animal breeding since the late 1800s, moved pork products into the national diet
  • Hungarians are known for their wines and their consumption, but beer drinking is much more common
  • The shortage of apartments for married couples force them to move in with the parents who welcome them and have the most room. Grandparents are considered a great help and godparenthood is valued
  • The many contributions by Hungarians include holography, the hydrogen bomb theory, BASIC programming language, the ballpoint pen, and the Rubik’s cube
  • Kincsem (“my treasure), the most famous Hungarian bred racing horse, was “undefeatable” winning all of her 54 races

Hungary Vasarely zebra 1938Victor Vasarely, “Zebras” (1938) – considered the first “Op-Art”

http://art-now-and-then.blogspot.com/2013/05/victor-vasarely.html

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

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

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Hong Kong

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Zip Facts about Hong Kong:

  • Hong Kong, meaning “fragrant harbor”, has been officially designated since 1997 as the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China. Contrary to this fact, most residents identify more with their Hong Kong culture and traditions than either with China or with their former UK administration
  • Hong Kong still uses traditional complex Chinese characters, unlike China and Singapore which have adopted more simplified characters
  • Hong Kong cuisine features a wide variety of ethnic foods, although Cantonese-style Chinese food is widely popular, particularly yam chah (dim sum). Hong Kong rates as one the highest per capita consumers of the world’s fast food and concentrations of cafes and restaurants (one for every 600 people)
  • In 2005, Disney opened its third theme park (Hong Kong Disney) outside of the U.S. and its first in China
  • Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers (8000 with more than 14 floors) in the world, almost doubling New York City

Hong Kong ko-sin-tung-gateway-to-________-2014-jigsaw-puzzle-butterboomKo Sin Tung, “Gateway to ____” (2014)

http://edouardmalingue.com/artists/ko-sin-tung/

Link to Recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/hong-kong/

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

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Honduras

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Zip Facts about Honduras:

  • Honduras (meaning “depths”) was named by Christopher Columbus for the deep waters at the mouth of the Tinto o Negro River off the northeast Mosquito Coast (a long series of sand beaches and freshwater lagoons)
  • Beans and corn tortillas are the staples in the Honduran diet, along with the popular plantains and manioc (cassava). Women make the tortillas and, if maize is boiled, ground, pounded out and toasted, it may take hours a day
  • When a Honduran couple marries, they and their family take on both names, hyphenated with the man’s name first
  • The Honduran flag has five stars, the center star represents Honduras because it is the only country which touches the other four countries in Central America
  • The American writer, O. Henry, first coined the term “Banana Republic” to describe a fictional republic in a collection of short stories based on his experiences in Honduras

Honduras miguel-angel-ruiz-matute-lazaro-a-la-luzMiguel Ángel Ruiz Matute, “Lázaro a la luz (Lazarus in the Light)”

http://www.pintoreslatinoamericanos.com/2012/09/pintores-hondurenos-miguel-angel-ruiz.html

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

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Israel

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Zip Facts about Israel:

  • According to the Bible, the name Israel was given to Jacob by God. The distinct nationalities, the Jews and Arabs that reside there, define their tradition and culture by their respective religions
  • The national official language is Hebrew, the modern version of which was designed by the Lithuanian Eliezer Ben-Yehuda in the 1880s. Historically, biblical Hebrew was used in prayer and Yiddish was the spoken language
  • Everyday cuisine in Israel may include some typical Middle Eastern dishes such as falafel (ground chickpeas with onions and spices), tabuleh (bulgar wheat salad with chopped vegetables, baklava, and Turkish coffee. Jewish celebrations may include challah, hamentaschen, matzoh, or cholent (a thick stew simmered overnight)
  • There are over 40 kosher McDonalds in Israel, the only other one is in Buenos Aires. The glue on Israeli stamps is also kosher
  • It is estimated that, per capita, Israeli academics publish more scientific journal articles than anywhere else worldwide

Israel Irene Gendelman - Tutt'Art@ (21)Irene Gendelman

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

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

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Indonesia

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Zip Facts about Indonesia:

  • Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago nation, and the fourth most populous nation in the world (203 million on almost 1000 islands). “Tanah Air Kita”, from the native language referring to the homeland, means “Our Land and Water”
  • Nicknames, based on the last syllable of the full name, are very popular for Indonesians
  • The cuisine of Indonesia is inspired by the numerous and diverse ethnic groups including Chinese, Middle Eastern, Indian, Portuguese, and the Dutch rijsttafel (the rice table). Traditional family meals include rice and a side dish of boiled vegetables and dried fish or a meat curry
  • After Brazil, Indonesia is considered to have the world’s second greatest biodiversity with thousands of varied fauna and flora which includes the Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world
  • Art abounds in many forms on the beautiful island of Bali, yet there is no word for “art” in Balinese

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Mochtar Apin (1923 – 1994) – “Three Seated Ladies” (1959)

http://www.artvalue.com/auctionresult–mochtar-but-1930-1993-indonesi-three-seated-ladies-3251787.htm

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

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