Today we are going to bust stereotypes about gypsies being mainly poor homeless beggars who wander in the streets, longing to “illegally” lure something out of honest citizens. To do that, we head to one of districts of Moldovan city Soroca. Two- and three-storied mansions with gold-gilded domes will blind you, just like hypnotic pendulums...
Welcome to Gypsy’s capital of the world! Huge district is inhabited exclusively by representatives of this nation, at that, the most civilized ones, as they call themselves. This location lures all guests of Moldova as if its dwellers, which possess Gypsy magic, charm visitors. Some guests are even unable to comprehend that all luxurious mansions and villas that resemble buildings of some sort of elite out-of-town settlement, are in possession of Roma. As to residents, who wear golden earrings, red shirts and variegated skirts willingly – they gladly receive travelers to help them take a plunge into own way of life and habits.
For “crossing a palm with silver” you’ll be fed, told happy fortune and even introduced to baron of Soroca and All Moldova – grey-bearded Arthur Cherare. In good humor and given lack of “state” business he will gladly have a chat with tourists and may even raise “Gelem, Gelem” to own accompaniment on button accordion.
Gypsy district, spread out on a highland, is called by Moldovans with far more modest dwellings, situated in lowlands, Jingle Mountain. It becomes especially noisy in fall-winter times – period of weddings. Tambourines, coins and horseshoes ding almost without a break to create mixture of various rhythms and melodies. These people celebrates weddings, as, admittedly, any other holiday, for long and on a large scale, gathering all relatives, friends, neighbors and their grandchildren to the youngest generation.
When talking to locals there is don’t have to be afraid of becoming a victim of hypnosis and go home without earrings and money. There is no use for wealthy Roma to illegally cajole valuables out of tourists because this means erasing all the color of the town and reviving belief about Gypsies being charlatans. It is also absolutely safe to walk along labyrinths of streets, eyeing buildings. No matter how hard you try, it isn’t that easy to distract attention from samples of local architecture. Being drastically different from modern Russian and European designs, they constitute something totally new and unusual for the eye. Numerous seemingly incongruous details: carved wooden frames, plastic balconies, colorful stained-glass windows and plaster molding… Such “vinegret” can be traced in design of almost every estate. Should a European be the owner of such a mansion, he would be found extremely flashy but in the context of this culture everything looks very smoothly.
Wealth of owners can be guessed based on works of local art of building. The higher the house – the more resources there are. Despite the fact that these people are famous for their friendliness, each tries to build own home at least a brick higher then the one of neighbors. By the way, piles of bricks, cement mixers, stone blocks and other repair attributes permanently reside by almost every house. You can’t but think: ‘What if it is an unconventional idea of landscape designers?’ But everything is much simpler: sly locals managed to get around a law here, too. In Moldova taxes are either not imposed upon unfinished constructions or are significantly lower. Therefore almost every one lives in “eternal building site”.
The most beautiful, even stylish in European way, and almost sole finished residence is, of course, the one of baron. For-storied walls erected with red bricks are surrounded by solid forged fence. Behind it, in the yard, hugely expensive cars, that belong to either the king Arthur Cherare himself or other serious persons who come to the “capital” to handle “affairs of state”, constantly expect passengers.
We continue publishing author’s column of Sabina Safarova on traditions of Azerbaijan.We have already learned about the matchmaking and the engagement, and now OUTLOOK proposes to plunge into the traditions of rituals and xinayaxdi – henna nights ceremonies which precedes the wedding itself.
Experienced tourists believe that one of the best sure-fire ways to quickly tune into the beat of another culture is to try local food. In order not to be at a loss when choosing dishes and save precious time for spiritual food, Outlook gives you selective advice on street gastronomy from seven spots of the globe.
OUTLOOK journalist Elena Rasenko came back from Japan and launches a special series of articles devoted to this country. Warning for very sensitive readers: Beware! After reading, you will get a keen desire to break away, buy a ticket and fly to such a marvelous and fascinating Land of the Rising Sun!
OUTLOOK was lucky to visit hospitable Uzbekistan and get better acquainted with crafts of this amazing country. Today we'll tell you about art of golden-stitched embroidery that has long been considered the art of the nobility. We will tell you about mediums artisans use, secrets and unique distinctives of this craft. Feel the world with us!
All over the world, winter brings bright celebrations to people's homes, the traditions of how to celebrate them are born. The customs of one state differes from the other but people from different corners of the planet are equally waiting for miracles, pleasant surprises and a good fairy tale. On the eve of the New Year holidays, we decided to ask the diplomats about the peculiarities of New Year and Christmas celebrations in their countries.
Few of us, while our favourite tea is steeping, are scrutinizing about the way this drink went through to get into our mug. Of course, stereotypically, we know that most likely it came from India or China, but in fact origin can vary. In the world there are about 30 countries which are very seriously engaged in tea business, and within this community a very clear hierarchy emerges, headed by the so-called Big Tea Seven.
Composers of antiutopias predict hundreds of sorrows to the people of the future who are from times to times forbidden to celebrate weddings, however, it seems, everything is not so terrible. In Chinese province Yun Nan near the foot of Himalayas the matriarch tribe moco resides that is not familiar with the concept of marriage at all. In their language there are no words like 'husband' and 'wife', in the same time they do not know what it is to be 'jealous', stay in state of 'war' or experience 'betrayal', and they do not complain of their destiny.
Where to look for Clementin, the narrowest hotel in Czech Republic merely 3.28 meters wide, how to chose between Pilsner Urquel, Krušovice and Gambrinus, when to feed gold-colored carps and why tram 91 has no peer? Elvira Matrosova learned about these and more. And despite the fact that this city stands on Vltava (Wilth-ahwa – literally means Wild water), it is aristocratic, consistent and calm yet far from Puritanism. Aroma of hop, buns and coffee all around is an unmistakable sign of Prague being glad to indulge all touristic weaknesses of yours – so get ready!
In honor of the 27th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Moldova in the Ukrainian capital, the embassy of this state and personally the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador Ruslan Bolbachan organized an official celebration.
A Ukrainian woman with Azerbaijani blood Sabina Safarova respects her family roots and, being a member of the Union of Azerbaijani Youth in Ukraine, popularizes the culture of her country. Today, the story of a girl about one of the most interesting traditions of Azerbaijan - matchmaking, we are launching her author's blog, which will be filled with cognitive facts and subtleties of manners.
"A poor peasant lived in a remote Gagauzian village, and wealth of his was his three sons ..." so begins one of the folk tales composed by the Gagauz people. This Turkic people really lived a not wealthy life, roamed the villages, feed sheep... When a family gathered together to have some rest, old and young composed legends in their own way explaining the phenomena of nature noted by a curious and observant eye: why crows are afraid of people, why geese gabble, why an ant has thin waist, and what happens when you put fox and wolf in one harness.
Outlook often tells about the kitchens of the peoples around the world, but when it comes to Italy, writing about the country should be a crime. Each of its twenty regions has its own culinary world with the subtleties and specialties. Let the title of gastronomic capital of Italy be Bologna, its official capital - Rome, too, has something to boast about. We are telling you what is remarkable about Roman cuisine and what dishes are worth trying in the Eternal City.
OUTLOOK was lucky to visit hospitable Uzbekistan and get better acquainted with crafts of this amazing country. Today we tell you about art of straw work, about materials that craftsmen use and what secrets and unique features of this craft are. Feel the world with us!
In this day and age, it is difficult to surprise anyone, especially an urban resident, with some large department store or market, since nowadays one can buy everything from a humble convenience store next door. However, the iconic bazaars and flea markets are still operating across the globe, they are famous in legends and described with delight. Well-known is that they turn shopping into a cultural exchange and are much more than just a commercial place for the sale of goods.
‘Love evolves when one looks in the eyes of the person beloved seeing there God’, in such a way the lines of some Arabian song called Qawali is translated. The authorship of this chant is ascribed to Eastern strangers Sufi who tending to find the sense of existence strolled around the half an Earth bare-footed. In the travels they composed songs where they told narration describing what they had to endure.
The free fight has not feminine face. The good girl could smile in a pretty way and care colorful dress but not strike out wildly. But in the fierce Ands such gentle flowers do not grow. The true Bolivian cholit will be quick on the uptake, and it is able to fill in if necessary. But on Sunday, having gathered the starched skirts, she will desperately go to fight
Ice cream with a taste of horse meat, pickled insects, fish with deadly venom, etc – Japanese cuisine has things to surprise, amaze and shock you with. And truth be told, enumeration of these dishes doesn’t help my appetite at all. But we are not after exotic stuff. True culinary tourism is an attempt to comprehend mindset and feel national distinctive color through traditional cuisine – not try most exotic dishes. Parts of people’s souls, its history and culture are actually concentrated in national dainties.
Yesterday I created a Universe. I took some peas, rice, buckwheat, millet, black and white pepper seeds and cardamom. Grabbed a handful of coffee and aniseeds. Then it all acquired a centre. It kept growing and calming my thoughts. When the last seed landed in the circle, I felt forgotten harmony again, heard birds singing through the noise of cars on the avenue, sensed fragrance of violets that a neighbor of mine was growing on her balcony and a recollection of Funtik from floor 5 and his tail evoked a flush of tenderness towards the shaggy monster.