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Departure: Jamaica
Jamaicans like rum, marihuana (hardly anybody seems to be bothered by the fact that it isn’t officially legal there), Bob Marley and… attending churches. They also wouldn’t mind winning several Olympic medals as well as competing for a crown of a beauty queen. Today we get acquainted with peculiarities of both serious and funny Jamaica.
03.09.2019 | travel, departure, Jamaica
Incredible school lessons from around the world
Grinding away at their books to master basics of algebra and geometry, or memorizing years of monarchs’ reign skimming history textbooks is commonplace for schoolchildren all over the world while getting ready for a test in cybersecurity or boasting to have “A”s in beekeeping is strange at the vey least. Hereafter we are going to touch upon these and other unusual classes taught in foreign schools.
Atacama: life in the inhumane desert
Atacama, stretching between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes, has covered its possessions hundreds of thousands of kilometers of the earth's surface. The central part of the driest desert on our planet, with which even the famous Sahara and Namib cannot compete, has not seen the rain as much as the weather is being monitored...
28.08.2019 | Chile
Brand history: Baileys
It is available in virtually every fine restaurant, café or home bar. Among a variety of various containers with as various kinds of spirits, the real connoisseur will off the bat recognize the famous bottle with the label that has green landscape on it and where writing Baileys shines. This liqueur is made on the basis of whisky and cream, for its unique palatability traits gastronomists nicknamed it “creamy miracle”.
03.08.2019 | Ireland, brand history
Puerto Rico: Swimming with fireflies
Many travelers just don’t want to go into all the troubles to get an American visa for some two weeks of holidays. But having glanced at pictures of Puerto Rican Mosquito Bay they’ll change their minds instantly. Dark sea slick, silence… when suddenly mysterious green glow from the depth extends the darkness to shock the public on the shore.
01.07.2019 | travel, nature, Puerto Rico
Fiji: A Trip To Romantics – Descendants Of Cannibals
Hospitality of locals – that’s what strikes right off the bat at Fiji, especially taking into account that they all are offspring of cannibals. Luckily, cooking delights of human meat has been out of practice for several centuries. However, they are not at all above dishes made of, say, fried bat, and are willing to share recipes with tourists.
19.06.2019 | Fiji
Karlovy Vary: stroll, drink, cure…
Even the famous Yessentuki can envy KarlovyVary resort town. Local water that rises from below the ground has long ago gained fame of a remedy from almost every disease. No wonder that every hotel acquired its own medical resort expert who will tell you what, where and how to drink. As to us, we will discover the story of this healthful location for you and tell you what and where to visit!
29.04.2019 | Czech Republic
"So sorry for the bird!". Feathered Mauritius symbol
Figurines of dodo bird “invaded” all souvenir shops of Mauritius and its image even managed to become a national symbol complementing to the country’s emblem. But the most grievous thing of all is that all this glory came to Raphus cucullatus after it was completely extinct from the face of Earth – and it took it less then a hundred years…
21.04.2019 | history, nature, Mauritius
Banned to leave handling kiwi. Customs bans on export
Tourists with their eyes full of tears because statuettes, shells and other stuff bought “as a souvenir” are being shaken out of their bags – is a continual occurrence at customs. For you not to become one of those tourists, OUTLOK suggests you check out a selection of (sometimes weird) objects forbidden to be exported from different countries.
20.04.2019 | travel, tourism
Guinea Bissau: Expensive downshifting
People on holiday can be divided into two types: “tender creatures” and “adrenaline addicts”. Former ones will trade passive sunbathing and comfortable hotels for nothing. The letter ones prefer even cabins to annoying all inclusive and suites. “Cabins” are the conditions Guinea Bissau provides you with.
17.04.2019 | travel, Africa, Guinea-Bissau
Sentosa – The whole Singapore in one island
To fully experience a country with the territory of over 700 square meters in merely a couple-of-days-long walking tour is very much possible. And no superpowers like teleportation or ability to move at light speed are needed for that. It is enough to head for Sentosa Island that pertains to the Republic of Singapore and completely reflects its specialties. And all that against no more than 100 dollars!
14.04.2019 | travel, places, Singapore
"All inclusive" and even more: amazing hotel service
Hotels that offer “all inclusive” for dogs. Hotels where adults are being lulled asleep by a fairytale or a unique place where work isn’t held in honor while laziness is encouraged. This is not a dream or a parallel reality – these are stalky hotel services…
08.03.2019 | travel, oddities, places
The Snow Queen would envy. The best ice hotels in the world
Icerink instead of heated floor. Bomber hat and a puffer jacket as an alternative to terry robe. Eco-hotels and cafes in Canada, Romania and even hot Dubai offer a possibility to have leisure time a-la North Pole. The exotic hotels are not only those near the ocean and tropic palms.
24.12.2018 | places, winter
Glass Handmade
Exclusive glass vases and Christmas tree decorations that only exist in one or two samples, aside from high price, most often also have in common unique production technology that is mastered by representatives of a rare profession – glass-blower. The history of the craft has lasted for a couple of millennia with some old secrets of handmade production still kept under seal.
22.12.2018 | art
Maple Syrup. What is it and how to eat it?
Alongside fast food, cola and corn flakes with milk, another product that is obsessively mentioned in almost every American movie is maple syrup. Pancakes, flapjacks, muffins and toasts are ‘dressed’ with it as well as by and large everything that is made of flour. It appeared on shelves of European supermarkets very recently to promptly bewilder customers eager to try formerly inaccessible dishes with honey-and-woody taste that they didn’t know how to cook.
Ferris wheel goes round...
Except for Russian-speaking countries, nowhere else a round metal attraction is called a devil’s wheel. Named after its creator, Ferris wheel first opened panorama of Chicago city from 80-meter height in 1893. Since then rotating upright wheels with multiple passenger cabins began to spring up almost in every big city. OUTLOOK offers you to learn about the most impressive observation wheels.
19.10.2017 | travel, rating, entertainment
Spain: There’s no coming clean out of wine
Two “armies” on the warpath are dressed in traditional uniforms – white shirts – look at each other menacingly, their weapons standby… The fight begins and the whiteness of outfits gets mixed with maroon – thanks God, it isn’t blood but nice Spanish wine! Today in one of Spanish provinces annual Battle of Wine is held.
06.07.2017 | festival, Spain
Iguazu Falls - Niagara Has Room for Improvement!
5 tons of water fall off into the ravine every single moment, roaring, raising steam and disseminating spatter in all directions. ‘Liquid wall’ of Iguazu Falls extends its crescent on the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
30.04.2017 | Paraguay, travel, nature, Brazil
Road to Asia is paved with carpets
Carpets hang on walls as a symbol of wealth, lay on floors to create coziness and are presented as expensive gifts. Studying fancy pictures in the shapes of diamonds and stars on them attempting to figure out their meaning is a fairly amusing thing to do. Globally spread carpeting traditions were borrowed from eastern peoples who were the first to learn how to make yarn and fabric out of fibrous materials. Specimens preserved in museums and private collections as well as researches of historians and archeologists testify to the existence of this craft in ages thousands years ago.
11.02.2017 | traditions, Asia, crafts
Germany - A unique Christmas fair destination
Are you eager to have a great holiday to excite your aesthetic perception, smell and stomach? Are you looking forward to opportunities for shopping and entertainment, and at the same time learning Christmas traditions of another country? We encourage you to combine all those delights by visiting New Year fairs which are an integral part of celebration in most of Europe. Being strict in everyday life, but vibrant on holidays, Germany is an excellent holiday destination.
23.12.2016 | holiday, Germany
Sharm El Sheikh: dancing in the desert, diving and learning to make terms…
The coast of the red sea is decorated by the resort city Sharm El Sheikh that is translated in a sophisticated manner as ‘sheikh’s bay’. Surrounded by Sinaic Mountains, it is reliably covered being protected from the winds and foul weather. As well, it saves the cozy climate for travels all the year…
12.12.2016 | Egupt
Departure: Maldives
One of the smallest capitals of the world – Malé – offers to have a look at the country’s, not 5-star hotel’s, places of interest and to get closer to life of ordinary Maldivians, not people from a room next door.
21.06.2016 | travel, departure, Maldives
Departure: Slovenia
Having taken tens of millions of visitors in a couple of hundred years, the Postojna Cave made Slovenia being proud of it because of the main tourist attraction in the whole country. The maze of stone tunnels, halls and corridors, carved by nature itself, plus modern services for guest travelers have made these grottoes one of the most popular in the world.
13.05.2016 | travel, departure, Slovenia
Round the edge of the world. Cape Horn
For sailors to round Cape Horn situated in the very South of Argentina is a success that equals to Everest ascent for alpinists. Rush under sails around “sailor’s graveyard” defying gigantesque waves and hurricane wind turned out a success for the first time on January, 29, 1616.
20.03.2016 | oddities
The state of contrasts. Haiti
The state of contrasts where beaches look like gardens of heaven while cities and villages resemble dumps; where over 80% of population are faithful Catholics who practice bloody cult of vodou at the same time; where absolute poverty on one hand and unthinkable luxury on the other feather in.
17.03.2016 | traditions, Haiti
Luxembourg: time for everything
Modern infrastructure, soft fiscal and legal systems made Luxembourg one of the most attractive countries for business of every kind. It took the duchy less than half a century to achieve this wealth level.
04.02.2016 | business, society, Luxembourg
Krakow tour. Make it in 48 hour's time
For Krakow we have only 48 hours, so we must hurry! Grab your breakfast that is local traditional fast food in the form of bread and lard, and run for getting acquainted with hundreds of works of art and dozens of legends teeming the city on the Vistula River banks.
23.01.2016 | Poland
Bolivia: spilt salt spells tourists
It turns out possible to walk in heaven living on Earth. It is enough to go to the south of a small country of Bolivia, to one of the most extraordinary deserts of the world – Uyuni. When looking at pictures of tourists who had been there you can’t help asking: “Are you sure it isn’t Photoshop-made?”
10.01.2016 | travel, nature, Bolivia
INNOVATIVE PROJECTS IN KAZAKHSTAN: ICBC AND FEZ KHORGOS
Under the auspices of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Ukraine was organized visit of Ukrainian journalists to one of the largest cities of Kazakhstan - Almaty. The main purpose of the tour undertaken by representatives of mass media and diplomatic corps, was a visit to the Khorgos International Centre of Boundary Cooperation JSC located within the Almaty area.
03.11.2015 | Kazakhstan
Mehndi – instead of a thousand tattoos
Every other person has considered having a tattoo, maybe not permanent but at least a temporary one. Absolutely painless application of drawings that can be altered in a couple of weeks is offered by Mehndi art – henna painting.
01.11.2015 | art, traditions, India
Have Some Sleep at Work
Indignation due to prohibition to show at working place wearing jeans is the last thing that bothers employees of one of firms in the USA who have to perform opera singing warm-ups every three hours… And how about wearing office footwear in the shape of Dutch wooden clogs like working people in Taiwan do? Outlook came up with a selection of weird corporate rules.
13.09.2015 | oddities, society
Experience: Ousama Kafa
OUTLOOK continues its Experience column where our readers can learn career secrets and get business advice from contemporary top-managers. This time our company is a businessman, restaurateur and founder of L’KAFA Group food-field chain! Ousama Kafa tells us about how a place to meet friends turned into a restaurant, what is the most important in selecting staff and how criticism is useful…
04.09.2015 | experience
VIDEO: Here live the Samaritans
In early 20th century one of the least numerous peoples of the planet – The Samaritans – found itself on the verge of extinction. Back then all efforts were hurled into saving the ethnos and as of today it was managed to increase their number from 146 to 750 persons. This ethnical group resides in Israel not far from Tel Aviv as well as in Palestine in Kiryat Luza village nearby Mount Gerizim that is sacred for them.
01.09.2015 | Palestine
Exquisite Drink or «Three Little Crutches»? Two Sides of One Wine
“Anarchy is our mother, a glass of port wine is the father” – that’s how it goes in a famous song by iconic Russian band “Kino”. Today let us talk about ‘daddy’ that became the main drink for last century’s underground representatives. The story is about how Portuguese wine gained ‘Three Little Crutches’ into its name during soviet times, how it became popular in the UK but first of all how it actually emerged.
29.08.2015 | world cuisine
Guatemala: Maya Spirits Say Hello
A country where there are more tourists in ancient cities than in modern ones. It is a mystic Mesoamerican locality famous for being a motherland of Maya civilization – Guatemala. Let’s have a walk around one of its ancient settlements lost in impassable jungles – around Tikal. Should you listen carefully, you can hear voices of spirits there…
25.08.2015 | Guatemala
Royal migraine
It seems that Movers and Shakers of our world cannot fall ill with such typical for mere mortal diseases like rash or gastric ulcer. They gravitate to mental disorders which apparently affected their genius. OUTLOOK had a good dig into the history of physical illness tortured Empress Catherine, great mind Voltaire, writer Swift and other famous personalities.
04.08.2015 | oddities, illustration
Welcome to… the bananas museum. The most unusual museums in the world
Next to art spaces shaped as noble galleries and historical museums, some cities hide institutions whose collections consist of bananas, dead cockroaches and varieties of mustard...
10.07.2015 | places, interessting
A way from real life into fairy tale...
"Once upon the time, in a kingdom a princess was born. She had skin white as snow, so the baby princess was given a name of Snow White..." this story with witch-stepmother, poisoned apple and all-conquering love is known to everyone. In real life, the magic did not affect the prototype of the heroine, and the wicked did her job. Which other fabulous characters are based on real people, and what they have in common with fairy tale twins, you will be told by OUTLOOK...
08.07.2015 | literature, art
GET STARTED IN CLAY ART
In local history museum of every country you are certain to spot similar archaeological findings - pottery shards. Clay art, born thousands of years ago and alive today, can be surely admitted as one of the most enduring.
16.06.2015 | art
Quick sensitivity test
It is not required to enter medical educational institution to get a chance to compare lungs of a smoker with the ones of a regular person for oneself, as well as to finally understand what spleen is and where it is located. Various anatomic exhibitions offer a possibility to have a look at oneself from inside. And these truly touch a raw nerve…
15.06.2015 | museam
«Crossing Palms With Silver» – Globally
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...
There wasn’t, isn’t and, probably, won’t be any rain…
Atacama, spread between Pacific Ocean and the Andes, embraced hundreds of thousands kilometers of the Earth surface. Central part of the driest deserts on our planet, that even famous Sahara and Namib cannot compete with, hasn’t seen rains for as long as weather observations are conducted…
23.03.2015 | Chily
Predictions from pastry
As soon as baked envelopes with paper filling gained global popularity, discussion arose immediately concerning who the idea of baking fortune-telling cookies belongs to. On one hand, Asian China and Japan claim copyright with multinational America on the other hand. We suggest that you get acquainted with the three versions and pick a winner in this "dispute" , at least for yourself.
28.02.2015 | oddities
Popcorn. A present from Indians.
The best way to escape reality and relieve stress is a cinema trip. For traditional reasons one of must-do conditions of such pastime is popcorn chewing – and it celebrates its European birthday today.
22.02.2015 | oddities
Leisure Under the Motto «Never Do Harm!»
Sylvan freshness, diversity of vegetable kingdom, captivating news instead of overcrowded hotels and fussy restaurants – this is the juice of true ecotourism fans. Ironically, this kind of leisure originated in Europe, embraced with technology-related progress.
12.02.2015 | Italy, Austria
The most “peoples'” president. Franklin Roosevelt
With emphasis purely on statesman’s deeds, biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt is told by history teachers all over the world. All diligent pupils remember him as the head of the USA elected for four terms instead of permitted two and establisher of the "New Deal". But today in the honor of the famous president's birthday on January, 30, 1882, we'll tell you about his life outside politics.
30.01.2015 | history, personality
Muse, descend! Inspiration recipes of great writers
What, to your mind, one shall do to catch the Muse or to get in an inspirational mood? ‘Listen to classical music, eat more antioxidants enhancing brain activity or just take a walk in the fresh air’, you would reply. Not in the least! Many great men of letters thought differently and stirred up their inspiration in completely unexpected ways. Things unusual for average person are quite right for an artist.
Grannies of all times
The winner in the category “the tastiest patties”, main gossip-granny of the house and the mistress of warm socks knitting are congratulated in Polland, where Grandmother’s Day is celebrated today. On the occasion of the holiday we have a selection prepared of both common and unusual special features of grannies of all times…
26.12.2014 | holiday
Personal tale tellers for the tourists
Clapping hands, rubbing monuments or circling around objects five times counterclockwise are the things tourists are ready to do to speed up fulfillment of desires. Every person happened to experience something of the kind at least once. Total amount of coins thrown into fountains and water basins in the course of a globe-trotting life may not allow one to buy a car, but will definitely be enough for a bicycle. City legends and tour guides make tourists commit ludicrous acts and throw money into the water. In selection for the job of a guide main criteria must be capability to make stories with imaginative power that equals to the one of Charles Perrault and Brothers Grimm…
19.11.2014 | oddities, do you know
«I’m selling myself at a high price»
Plenty of open umbrellas colored in intimidating incarnadine aren’t necessarily a sign of an upcoming rain, snow or new-fashioned flash mob. This is the way how sex workers and those who sympathize with their fate protest against violence for the eighth year in a row. In debates concerning prostitution it is hard to strike a happy medium not so much in legal terms as on the level of public consciousness and perception or, more precisely, rejection. Although there were times when so called courtesans exerted impact not only on men’s behavior but also on the course of world politics.
01.11.2014 | world, history, illustrations
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