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England

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Zip Facts about England:

  • Despite the saying “for all the tea in China”, the English consume more tea per capita than anywhere else in the world. They also produce and consume more cider than any other country
  • Big Ben is actually the name of the bell inside the clock tower, which is called the Elizabeth Tower. Windsor Castle, the world’s oldest and largest royal residence still used today,
  • The jury is out on England’s food choices, although it is clear the English love their food, especially the popular dishes with the unusual names, such as toad in the hole, bangers and mash, and spotted dick
  • It is considered a “no-no” (or treason) to place a postage stamp with the visages of the King or Queen upside down on a post
  • The flag of England is called the Union Flag on land and the Union Jack on the water because it must be flown on the jack mast of the ship

England Snow_Storm1842JMW Turner (1775-1851), “Steamboat off a Harbor’s Mouth” during a snowstorm

http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2014/11/artist-of-month-jmw-turner.html

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

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

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Finland

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Zip Facts about Finland:

  • The famous wife-carrying competition started in Finland, the first country in the world to allow women to vote
  • The sauna is an integral part of the Finnish culture, partaken in the nude, and demands a jump into the lake outside afterwards through a hole in the ice. The most commonly used Finnish word in the English language is “sauna”
  • In the months of June and July in Finland, “the Land of the Midnight Sun”, the sun shines for 24 hours a day
  • Finland is the home of Santa Claus (“joulupukki or Yule Goat”) whose official home address is at the top of the Arctic Circle, near Rovaniemi in the northern province of Lappland
  • Finns are the world’s biggest coffee drinkers, 2X more than the Italians, 3X the Americans, and 4X the British

Finland Portrait of Walborg Jakobsson.Elin Danielson-Gambogi (1861-1919), “Portrait of Walborg Jakobsson”

http://www.artistsandart.org/search/label/Finnish%20artists

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

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

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Italy

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Zip Facts about Italy:

  • In 1870, the twenty regions of Italy were united into one country. Rome separates the wealthier northern and central “European” region from the historically forgotten “Mediterranean” southern part of the mainland
  • While Italian fathers are the head of the household, mothers do wield great power, especially over their sons
  • Pasta was not invented by the Italians but it is definitely the national food, especially in the southern regions. Espresso, very strong coffee, is a popular Italian beverage that can be served in a variety of ways, including black, lungo (diluted), freddo (iced) or macchiato (with milk)
  • Pasta may not have been invented by Italians, but pizza was and so were ice cream cones, eyeglasses, espresso machines, the telephone, and the typewriter, to name a few
  • Italians love their leisure time and is expressed in their popular phrase, “”Ars longa, vita brevis” translated as “Art is long, life is short”

Italy LaJaponaise-8-55648Alberto Magnelli (1888-1971)

http://www.vallauris-golfe-juan.fr/-Le-Musee-Magnelli-Musee-de-la-.html?lang=fr

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

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

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Maldives

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Zip Facts about Maldives:

  • Maldives is considered the flattest country in the world, the smallest country in Asia, the smallest Muslim country in the world, and the Earth’s lowest country averaging about 5 feet above sea level
  • The word atoll, which denotes a ringed coral island surrounding a lagoon is the only English word derived from a Divehi word (atholhu)
  • Public floggings are expected for those who commit adultery and women are the most sentenced for this offense. Men are more likely to walk free if they deny the charges
  • Belief in black and white magic is quite strong and persists. In 2013, a coconut was arrested for suspiciously loitering during the presidential elections.  After being examined by a white magician, no threats or curses were found, and the innocent coconut was released
  • Maldivians celebrate the weekend on Friday and Saturday

Maldives lovers embraceAfzal Shafiu Hasan, “Lover’s Embrace” (2006)

http://tamilweek.com/news-features/archives/1070

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

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

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Mauritania

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Zip Facts about Mauritania:

  • Mauritania comes from the Latin word, “Mauretania”, meaning “west”. According to the Mauritanians, they consider themselves as Sunni Muslims in the most Islamic society in Africa living under sharia law
  • Meals in Mauritania are more of a social experience, people eat from a calabash (large bowl), using their right hands, then drink cold water or mix it with sour milk, Meals composed of meat or fish, and millet, rice or potatoes, are often followed by green tea with mint and sugar
  • Etiquette precludes eating with or in the presence of one’s in-laws or addressing the elders by name
  • Traditionally, girls were strongly encouraged to eat more food than boys, as believed that the size of the girl would occupy that much space in her future husband’s heart
  • Mauritania was one of the last countries in the world to abolish slavery in 1981

Mauritania Heavy-burde_oeuvre_grand-291x410Ba Djibril Ngawa, “Heavy burden”

http://fi2w.org/2013/07/25/the-picasso-of-mauritania-takes-a-turn-in-new-york/

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

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

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