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Germany

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Taste Test:                                                                                                  

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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Taste Test:                                                                                                  

Zip Facts about Christmas:

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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Taste Test:                                                                                                  

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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