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A meat-free Berlin?


Ask most people to name something which evokes thoughts of Germany and I’d hazard a guess that the overriding majority would include sausages. Although I do quite like sausages I was intrigued to see if it was possible to visit Berlin and stick to my normal diet thus not…


Keukenhop Tulip Garden, Netherlands

The Keukenhof Tulip Garden, also known as the Garden of Europe, is worlds largest flower garden with over seven milion planted flower bulbs. Keukenhof is unique, world famous and has been one of the most popular destinations in the Netherlands. It is located near the small dutch town of Lisse in South Holland. The Gardens organizes an annual international exhibition of flowers. Each year the Garden presents a different theme to delight its visitors.

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In his series “Lands in Limbo,” the photographer Narayan Mahon investigates how regions like Somaliland redefine their cultural identity after they declare independence. Take a look: http://nyr.kr/1hpY21b

(Source: newyorker.com)


Turkish industrial designer Deniz Karasahin has come up with Osteoid, a 3D-printed cast that uses ultrasound to speed up the healing process for broken bones by 38 percent.


Using pen, ink, and a technique that he calls “fingerprinting,” French artist Nicolas Jolly crafts intricately-swirling images that are as impressive as they are detailed.


Visitors stroll in a clear tunnel beneath a pond of waterlilies in St. Louis, 1965.Photograph by Bruce Dale, National Geographic


Visitors stroll in a clear tunnel beneath a pond of waterlilies in St. Louis, 1965.
Photograph by Bruce Dale, National Geographic


Traditional clothing from the Arab world:

  1. A girl in traditional clothing during Ramadan (Yemen)
  2. A young woman in traditional wedding dress (Algeria)
  3. Woman in traditional clothing (Palestine)
  4. A group of dancers in traditional clothing during ceremony (Lebanon)
  5. Three women in traditional dress (Oman)
  6. A man and a woman wearing traditional clothing (Iraq)
  7. Young girl in traditional dress (Qatar)
  8. A group of girls in traditional clothing (Jordan)
  9. Two women in traditional dress (Saudi Arabia)
  10. Dancers in traditional clothing (Syria)

Update: It has recently been pointed out to me that the Lebanese women in number 4 are Armenian. The link I sourced did not specify this. While the goal of this post was to represent Arab women, and with so many notes on this already it wouldn’t do much to change the picture, I didn’t want to erase their heritage without this note here. (source)

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Do you come from the stars or rise from the black pit?

—Charles Baudelaire, Hymne à la Beauté (Hymn to Beauty)

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Children in ancient costumes learn Zhusuan in a primary school in Wuyuan County, southeast China’s Jinagxi Province, April 13, 2014. They paid a visit to a 10-meter-long and three-meter-wide giant abacus in the county and experienced the charm of traditional culture.

Zhusuan, otherwise known as the Chinese abacus, was officially listed as an intangible cultural heritage at the 8th Annual UNESCO World Heritage Congress in Baku, Azerbaijan on December 4, 2013. Zhusuan is a traditional calculating method using the abacus with a history of 2,500 years in China.

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