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Rainbow-colored Flower
Everybody remembers a child’s fairy tale about the magical rainbow-colored flower that could make wishes come true. But some of us don’t know that it actually exists. Not so much in the shape of a flower but more like in granular state. We mean the sand that one of the villages on Mauritius, called Shamarel, is covered with.
01.03.2019 | Mauritius, travels
Eternal love. Monuments to love in Ukraine
How much love weights and can its volume be measued? Does it have a garvity center and how it behaves in hours of ardent heat ot snow storms? Sure enough, love is an ethereal feeling that rather resembles crazy butterflies dancing in your stomach. However people, who have deep feelings, have learned to "create love" and convey its meaning in stone, wood or metal for others.
14.02.2019 | Ukraine
Cuenca is the cultural capital of Ecuador
They say that Cuenca, the one in Ecuador, is the best city for loafing. And there is a good reason for that. About ten thousand pensioners-expatriates insist on that. They’ve concluded their working careers somewhere else in their motherlands and moved to spend deliberate senior years in this Latin American city that is spread on the way from the Andes to the coast of the Pacific.
06.02.2019 | Ecuador, Cuenca
The Language of God. Maaloula
The word is, the ones born in Maaloula are gods a bit. They do not walk on water or turn water into wine, not at all, but they belong to the few who still speak the language of Jesus Christ – Aramaic, its Western dialect to be precise. Several thousand people remain guardians of such unique linguistic heritage. This is the language they talk to each other, pray, hate and love in.
29.01.2019 | Syria, Maaloula
Desperate Futurism: Japan. Part 1
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!
Rwanda: Oh Africa, that’s Africa!
Despite the tragic past, not so long ago Rwandas shot a film called “Living Forgiveness” where they told how they live after a period of survival. The Civil War could not break them. Moreover, nowadays Rwanda, according to tourist standards, is catching up with Singapore. Can you believe in it? Then read the article asap!
15.01.2019 | Africa, Rwanda
Chan Chan. Peru city from clay
Experienced travelers tell that one could watch the ruins of ancient settlements in the Andes during several months, moving from one region to another. Particularly, the richest one in archaeological complexes of is the western coast of the Southern continent. A long time ago, some of them, such as Machu Picchu, have become popular with tourists, others are just beginning to open their doors to curious people.
24.10.2018 | travel, Peru
In the rhythm of heart. Japanese drums taiko
Its sounds penetrate the heart, stop the flow of thoughts and cause the blood to move in some kind of magical rhythm. It's a roll of thunder. It gives the shivers. It's a secret. Japanese drums in their homeland are elevated to the rank of cult. Without them, not a single official event is possible, their melodies delight the hearing during joy and help to experience sadness.
10.10.2018 | Japan, travel
The citizens of Otavalo valley. Useful Indians
They didn’t get as much problems from conquistadors as other native people of Latin America had. The rumors touched the interesting fact how the inhabitants of valley Otavalo quickly reached royal chambers. They also were masterful in getting the cloth from wool of lamas and vicunas created by the Indians. Spanish men put a render fee to the high art while Otavalo citizens were called as ‘useful Indians’.
08.09.2018 | Ecuador
Departure: Satoyama
In Japan there is a city with the citizens who trust each other. It seems that they drink water from one source that flows along their houses. As well, they wash hands after the meals in the same places. Satoyama in translation means an ideal place for life in harmony with the nature. It is situated in Northern prefecture Gifu that is isolated from the rest of the world with the mountain tops and rice fields.
09.08.2018 | Japan
Rodeo. On the ring with death
Perhaps, this is the most traumatic, but at the same time, spectacular sport. Rodeo is popular in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, the United States, Canada, and even in Australia. It's hard to say who is the main bull in this brutal game, either it is verily the bull or his rider. For spectators this is a bright show while for the participants frequent heavy injuries forever change the life of the dashing cowboys and their opponents in the ring.
27.07.2018
Cabo Polonio. Special Town of Uruguay
Candles substitute lamps there, white sand whispers beneath your threads and from small coffee houses hidden in thick spinney songs about love, freedom and ocean sound till morning. Ocean is main and essential there. Life of Cabo Polonio whirls around it. Or, more precisely, rolls over lazily because in this tiny Uruguayan town nobody observes time or follows recent news.
14.07.2018 | Uruguay
Welcome to Gabon
Once upon the time, Pygmy peoples lived on the west coast of Africa. They did not have any conflicts with anyone. When they were hungry, they went hunting, picked up nuts and bananas. Then the Mpongwé and the Fang tribes came. After them, the Portuguese arrived and named these lands Gabon. They were followed by the French who acquired the land and declared it as their colony. Only in the middle of the past century, when Pygmies were very few, Gabon gained independence from foreigners…
22.06.2018 | travel, Gabon
Aqaba resort: Sea in Jordan style
Nine months per year Aqaba is blessed with perfect weather. It is time for sailing, snorkelling, water skiing, windsurfing, scuba diving or sunbathing. Travelers who arrive at this southern city from the north, say that Aqaba is like a breath of fresh air, a very sought-after gateway in hot winds blowing through the pink sands of Jordan.
13.05.2018 | Jordan, tourism
Blood. Money. Feather
This entertainment is strictly forbidden in almost all countries of the world. But lovers of cockfights do not stop. Partly illegal competitions always gather full halls or courtyards, depending on the fact where the deadly bird fights are. Spectators literally savor the way the birds tear each other to shreds, without showing pity for themselves and their rivals.
08.05.2018
Asunción. The City for Brave Hearts and Adventure Seekers…
Located on low hills, this country hides in tropical rainforest in the very center of Latin America. There are no beaches and modern concert halls yet it amazes with its access to wild nature. Some come to Paraguay to explore territory of the Indies, others – to get excited with ancient colonial erections, some – for shopping.
05.05.2018 | travel
Vivid dance. Polka
This dance has nothing to do with Poland. In this cheerful and mischievous dance, the all Europe and America are spinning, modestly adding to their word "polka" their geographical location. For example, there are Finnish, Andijon or even Mexican kinds of dance. It is with this choreography that the children begin, they consider it to be the "upper class", which only the hardy dancers with a strong vestibular apparatus can do.
03.05.2018
Mandala Therapy
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.
01.05.2018 | art, traditions, culture
Filthy creativity
Dirty cars are like a host for an artist. One may treat such art differently. Someone will wrinkle his nose and disdainfully wrestle his clothes. Others necessarily want to put a finger in such a picture in order to check the fragility of the "canvas" and smear its outlines. However, others will definitely make a selfie. However, nobody can pass by.
18.04.2018 | art
What do they eat. The Netherlands
First thing that stirs up a newcomer in the Netherlands is food vandalism. It is customary for citizens of this small northern country not to handle dishes with kid gloves, even if those are bacon or hot ribs richly seasoned with berry sauce. Therefore anything that a stomach can't accommodate over lunch or dinner gets thrown away by Dutchmen with ease, becuase they believe that remains are unsuitable for tomorrow.
Twelve guises of South Korea
Only dancing and wearing mask, Korean peasants were able to express their disgust towards rudeness or greed of the hosts or apply to some deity with extraordinary request. Keeping anonymity, the people played out the scenes from life, cried, and laughed. At the end of the performance the destiny awarded the good characters and punished villains.
04.04.2018 | art, traditions, South Korea
Under the South Cross. Queenstown
Residents of Queenstown, like all New Zealanders, are among the first on the planet to meet the dawn. There are no children's homes, homeless animals. People are resistant to cold, so much so that at zero degrees go in T-shirts. Each of them has an average of nine sheep, and in nature there are practically no such dangers as mosquitoes and snakes. When night comes, Queenstown lights the constellation Southern Cross.
30.03.2018 | travel, Queenstown
Travel to Columbia. The second Cartagena
In the world there are two Cartagenas. In both, their inhabitants speak Spanish, love bullfighting, and in the evenings they go to the beach to skip the mojito and breathe the salty wind. But only in one of them a rhythm of hot salsa, placers of emeralds and pearls can burst into a languid city walk, and bright, hot beauties can cross the road. And this is Colombia!
26.03.2018 | travel, Cartagena
Baltic gold: Amber running through veins
We have amber flowing through our veins, joke the Balts. They believe that a sunny stone comes from tear drops of their goddess Jūratė. According to legend, she was careless enough to fall in love with a mere mortal fisherman named Kastytis who day by day cast his nets to the Baltic Sea. Jūratė forgot that immortal ones are not allowed to enjoy simple human happiness, she fascinated the young man to the bottom of the sea into her amber castle, and there the couple in love lost count of days and nights. On hearing this, the lord of gods Perkūnas decided to punish them: bolt of lightening stroke mortal lover, and disobedient lady was chained within her precious possessions for all eternity. Since then, the grieving goddess cries dropping yellow tears, and waters of the Baltic carry them to the shore for others to enjoy.
24.03.2018 | art, Lithuania
Jaipur. Pink city
Someone compares Jaipur with lace tablecloth; others with a box of pink marshmallows; and some admirers claim this is a hive densely inhabited by bees. However, everyone agrees on one thing: there is the wonderful air full of freedom which cannot be found in Europe. It fills the lungs and breathing it a traveller loses count of hours and even centuries.
20.03.2018 | travel, India
Handicraft: persian carpets
In those days when the Persian soldiers were second to none, and both the Roman Empire and the Arabian Peninsula were conquered by their power, skilful fingers of winner nation craftswomen created their first masterpiece. The carpet called The Springtime passed into history as the most precious of all time. It symbolized powerful rule of the Persians, and its beauty told about the divine origin of the king Khosrow I.
09.03.2018 | art, traditions, Iran
Gobi Syndrome. Mysterioius Land of Mongolia.
When winds start wandering among those stone, caressing peaks of sand barchans and forcing down rare vegetationm entire space around gets filled with marvellous sounds. Herdsmen, who happen to spend nights in one of the most mysterious deserts of the globe, tell about drumrolls, enchanting sounds of flute and voices, murmuring something indistinguishable.
06.03.2018 | travel, Mongolia
Fashion Pioneers
Fashion is an act. Fashion is a demonstration of freedom. Not being afraid to once seem ridiculous and odd, a person risks to become a part of fashion industry. Some names it remembers, some are wrongly forgotten and for some it becomes a pursuit, the meaning of the whole life.
25.02.2018 | art
Iran: Isfahan. Part 1
Yelena Rasenko visited an amazing country – Iran – and shares her impressions with Outlook readers. Today we publish first piece out of a series of features about this exciting trip! Only at the third try we, three brave women who decided to go to Iran on vacation, managed to have our invitations received. Ironically, Ministry of Interior of Republic of Iran...
18.02.2018 | Iran
Rice canvas. Tambo Art
The Japanese are very creative people, especially when it comes to rice. If they have some extra spare time and large spacious rice paddies, then routine process of growing an agricultural crop turns into art...
10.02.2018 | Japan, travel, Tambo
Departure: Edinburgh
If you see gloomy brown buildings, dark reddish buses, sky covered by grey clouds, and in the morning it is already drizzling so that no umbrella can save you from getting fully wet - your dream has come true, you are in Edinburgh! However, there is a good news: this city hosts the best pubs, has almost no unemployment and is packed with the world's largest number of architectural monuments.
18.01.2018 | departure, Scotland, Edinburgh
We were there: Gudauri
In Gudauri it is easy to feel time, pinch it between your fingers and stretch it in space, tuning up your inner rhythm to a sensation mode. There are no deadlines, annoying neighbours and reckless guys driving out to oncoming traffic lane. All this hustle and bustle seem illusory and momentary. Here, in Gudauri values are different. The mountains do not tolerate fuss, inner dialogue and self-criticism. The greatest pleasure is just to contemplate at them.
17.11.2017 | Georgia, we were there
Combs of Beauty
When Bahriddin’s mother was getting ready for work, she was assiduously arranging her hair around her tubeteika. It resulted in some sort of a crown. On holidays she plaited special adornments into her black hair with a tinge of blue. When she walked, they were tinkling slightly to create an aura of a dance. And in evenings little Bahriddin couldn’t fall asleep without holding her tight braid in his hands. Even now he recalls her long hair adoringly and believes them to be essential element of female beauty.
28.10.2017 | traditions, culture, Tajikistan
"Goat-dragging"
“To drag a goat with one’s hands” is a national entertainment of Tajik men however it enjoys huge popularity around Central Asia in the whole. As a rule a couple dozens, sometimes as many as a hundred, skilled and nimble horse riders gather to drag the goat. There is such a throng during the event that people fall off their horses, lose consciousness and even get maimed. Although the players attempt at protecting their legs and heads, hurts and bruises are commonplace for them anyway.
06.04.2017 | traditions, sports, culture
Living Water of Dead Sea
Already on the way to the water, the strong smell of salt and sulphur hit my nose. Shore were dotted with bizarre-shaped yellow-white boulders, and the whole expanse of the sea was enveloped in mysterious, whitish haze. This strange place was very quiet: no birds, on holidaymakers on sun loungers, the sea looked like a huge pot with hot thick jelly that barely reacted with light rips in response to rather strong wind.
23.10.2016 | nature, Israel, Jordan
City on 19 Hills. Amman
Half of the population of the Hashemite Kingdom dwells in Amman. Ramified suburbs, straight avenues, beautiful houses with huge satellite antennas, olive trees and even gold-gilded trees. These are its rich suburbs. In a cramped centre of Amman traditional craft stalls and shops, cookshops and numerous monuments of architecture are concentrated.
15.10.2016 | Amman
Baalbek. The City of the Sun.
This might have been Titans with about three meters of height or aliens who accidentally happened to wander on Earth and had to build a spaceport. Or maybe the Phoenicians tried to express their obeisance to the supreme god Ba’al with a gigantic construction. Till now nobody managed to answer what kind of civilization erected Baalbek – one of the most majestic monuments of Lebanon.
11.10.2016 | Lebanon
Palaces of the desert
They have been on duty for many years. Beaten down, crippled, lost friends in battles, they are still staring into endless sand landscapes to see whether an enemy is approaching, and every day they lose their memories crumb by crumb. About thirty palaces and castles live out their remaining days scattered throughout the deserts of Jordan. Once majestic, terrifying and awaking mystical awe, even now these fortified palaces are able to captivate a traveller.
22.09.2016 | Jordan
Minorca State of Mind
Dwellers of this island whiten their houses like crazy, treat every plant with love and can watch birds of passage for hours. Emerald valleys get shifted with desert landscapes there and precipitous cliffs border with azure and ruby beaches. Minorca is like the most precious stone in the neckless of Balearic Islands.
13.09.2016 | Spain
Time to go to Chișinău!
Come on! You have not been there yet! Your friends are mistaken if they discourage you to visit this city. Be sure to take the nearest train, bus or plane and head to enjoy the world most delicious mămăligă (a cornmeal mush or porridge), gogoshar (bell pepper), and dessert Guguta's cap. And if you are lucky to arrive at the right time, go to festivals of sweet cherry, lavender or wine.
11.08.2016 | Moldova
Wadi Rum. Moon Valley
American writer Jon Krakauer wrote: ‘To the deserts go prophets and hermits; through deserts go pilgrims and exiles. Here the leaders of the great religions have sought the therapeutic and spiritual values of retreat, not to escape but to find reality’. OUTLOOK journalist Yelena Rasenko tried not to escape reality but find it in Jordan in one of the most amazing deserts of the world, in Wadi Rum.
30.07.2016 | nature, Jordan
Jaipur. Pink city. Part 2
Jaipur is always invaded by hordes of tourists. The city is included into the most of India travel guides. There are enough hotels, many street diners and comfortable cafes, no problem with the choice of transport. The local people are friendly and helpful to visitors. If this impulse is encouraged with a few rupees, the Indians will be happy to share information where in Jaipur they serve delicious and cheap coffee, how to get around a pack of pesky monkeys, or to find a hotel with hot water.
30.04.2016 | India
Richard Gannon: The Faroe Islands - Sheep islands
Only three months a year air connection between the United Kingdom and Faroe Islands operates. I was excited about my future trip although I didn’t realize the whole nine yards of what was expecting me there, in the North. Sometimes I was picturing the Faroes as the land covered in ice. Next moment it seemed that strong wind persists in the islands which meant that I would be blown off some cliff into cold water. These thoughts were giving me chills, but the ticket had already been bought.
12 Reasons to Drop Everything And Go To Helsinki
One can get from Kiev to Helsinki by car in less than a fortnight. In day and a half by railway, but you’ll have to change in either Moscow or Saint Petersburg. And from there, there is a ferry transfer to Finland. For more impatient travelers planes exist. Several airlines fly from Ukraine to Lapland. By sky it will merely take you two hours to reach crystal surface of the Gulf of Finland, famous saunas and clothes made of deerskin.
20.12.2015 | travel, Finland
Pompei East: Jerash
I put my finger into the gap of column, froze for a moment and cried out with delight - it moves! There was a heavy stone pillar above my hand, once carved and piled up on a pedestal by some Roman architect or his Arab assistants. This amazing column and hundreds of others alike are a part of the ancient city of Jerash situated in the north of Jordan.
24.09.2015 | Jordan
Refugees: from Outside and from Inside
Forty six million people left their homes. Almost naked, barefoot and hungry they set on looking for a new shelter. Persecuted with fear, desperation and sicknesses they left for the unknown, for the mercy of strange not always hospitable people. Unfortunately, this is a part of modern world history…
22.09.2015 | society
Iran: Fars province. Part 2
Elena Rasenko visited the incredible country of Iran, and has a pleasure to share with the readers of OUTLOOK her impressions! Today we publish the second part of these materials about this exciting trip! The word is it all began with the Elamites, an ancient Persian dynasty that came from the north to give rise to a unique civilization.
24.03.2015 | Iran
Desperate Futurism: Japan. Part 4
So, to wash your hands, you have to leave indoor slippers before bathroom threshold, step into the bathroom, slip into the special footwear, wash hands, remove those special bathroom slippers, and switch for indoor slippers when re-entering the living area. Earlier, probably in jest, Oba-san warned me that if I step onto the living area in the toilet slippers, he will tell me about hara-kiri rules.
27.02.2015 | Japan, desperate futurism
Ecuador: To be an indian
Our journalist came back from Ecuador with unique experience and we share it with you. For the first time I was suspected of drug trafficking. Alone, in the country where there is no Ukrainian Embassy, I was standing and feverishly figuring out if someone could plant something on me on the way to the airport.
26.02.2015 | traditions, Ecuador
Desperate Futurism: Japan. Part 3. “Samurai Spirit”
If what they show in cinematograph is true than a typical samurai appears to be austere, taciturn and even slightly unsociable person. But this image in actual fact doesn’t get in line with reality... You don’t believe it? Our journalist Elena Rasenko suggests you make sure of it for yourself.
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