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Dirty-faced aristocrats
Profession of a chimney-sweep has recently entered the list of the most rear occupations in the world. And as far back as some hundred years ago almost every European citizen was able to tell a lot of interesting things about these guys doomed to be covered in smear. We didn’t invent a time machine but we managed to get some facts about representatives of this vanishing trade.
14.09.2020 | oddities
Rice fields: Grains of unbelievable beauty
- Do you want to try some rice? - such a question is greeted by guests in China. And if the owners are also farmers, they can invite you on an unusual excursion and show you the masterpiece of natural art. The grass which we often eat without thinking about its aesthetics, at the time of growing resembles a blanket woven from multi-colored rags ...
13.09.2020 | Japan, art, history, China, Indonesia
Indian village Kodhini: the unraveled mystery of twins
In the world there is an unusual place where the biggest number of twins are born. Although at first glance it looks like a mystical coincidence, statistics makes you believe in miracles. The Indian state of Kerala can boast of a village where unusual things happen. Kodhini is the place with more twins than anywhere else in the world. Actually, there is almost no explanation for this.
12.09.2020 | travel, India
Thailand handcraft: From silk to pearls
Have you ever thought how many grains of history are stored in each item sold at little booths in Thailand? Yet, strolling along those souvenir stalls you are browsing craft records of the whole nation, briefly looking through notes survived from a thousand years ago to the present day. Some pages have thinned to transparency, but marks did preserve their former accuracy.
02.09.2020 | traditions, crafts, Thailand
World ghettos. Armenian Soul in the Heart of Tbilisi
OUTLOOK suggests you have a walk around one of the oldest districts of Tbilisi - Avlabari - that has been believed to be Armenian since down the ages. These streets, churches and weatherbeaten houses will tell about relations of these two peoples of Caucasus much more than books in history or documentaries.
31.08.2020 | Georgia, world ghettos
What do they eat: the United Kingdom
Cuisine of the United Kingdom is a nightmare for nutritionists, gourmets and other healthy food experts. A typical Englishman doesn’t honor art of cooking much and for the sake of saving time often grabs a snack on the go with fresh vegetables and fruits present in the diet purely technically. We know exactly where to look for and will be happy to share with you!
Step over threshold: The magical art of the huichol
Dazzling flashes of ancient knowledge manifested in colourful shimmering beads and in elaborated yarn mosaics by Huichol Indians, captivate the imagination calling for an endless journey through branches of the world tree. Spiritual images take on flesh in intricate ornaments that accompany a Mexican peasant throughout his life.
27.08.2020 | art, Mexico
Lost island of Yap. The land of big money
How can you understand the nature of finance, if there is no desire to go deep into the jungle of science? It is better to see once, than to read a hundred times: a trip to the island of Yap in Micronesia replaces the entire university course of monetary theory. Yap roads are lined up with giant doughnut-shaped, carved disks the size of a millstone - rampant inflation has made the world biggest money into fun for tourists.
26.08.2020 | traditions, Micronesia
On the catwalk: Ukraine
Traditional Ukrainian clothes are absolutely unique, bright and distinctive. So there is no surprise that they still remain relevant for both Ukrainian and foreign fashion-mongers. In recent years designers of the world create entire collection “based on” the main symbol – vyshyvanka (embroidered clothing) – and many celebrities now and then put on shirts with magic ornamentation believing them to be the summit of elegance.
24.08.2020 | Ukraine, on catwalk
Switzerland: Banks, Chocolate and Army
It is an open secret that this world is full of paradoxes. OUTLOOK, in its turn, tries to figure them out therefore today we’ll tell about armed forces of the world’s most militarized state that, however, hasn’t been at war with anyone for over two centuries. Our feature is about the army of Switzerland.
Women's adornments in India: Sacred meaning
Upon hearing word combination “Hindu woman” an image of a beautiful woman wearing sari and definitely with numerous adornments and pictures on her body emerges in our imagination. Where does passion for body decoration come from in national traditions of this people?
16.08.2020 | traditions, India
Your breakfast, Sir! How people start their day around the world
A mini toast, a slice of cheese and a sip of strong coffee. "That is not a buffet!" a waiter will pronounce indignantly, looking at the disgruntled tourist’s face. The generous Ukrainian soul cannot understand how locals manage to eat their full with that. Therefore, before going to a new country, you need to know exactly whether in the evening you should prepare a couple of sandwiches to indulge them in the morning,...
09.08.2020 | traditions, oddities
"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.
26.07.2020 | traditions, sports, culture, Asia
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...
Wedding traditions of the world: from geese to lasso
Stealing the bride's shoe in the midst of the celebration, and to require unimaginable redemption from the groom, is an interesting action for which it is worth to go to the wedding party. This is not the only wedding tradition of country, by which the legal wedlock of two hearts acquires a special flavour. What are interesting rituals of different parts of our planet?
Venetian type of taxi: gondolas
Perhaps, there is no such a person on the planet who did not hear about the unique Italian city on the water. During several centuries Venice with its amazing architecture, fantastic landscape and own atmosphere has been attracting people from all the corners of the world. So as to feel it and see under unexpected corner, one should swim on the legendary gondolas.
01.07.2020 | Italy, travel
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.
29.06.2020 | festival, Spain
On the catwalk: Kyrgyzstan
Traditional clothes of any nation is important part of material and spiritual culture, closely linked with history and personality traits, as well as with lifestyle. Today, the focus of our attention is on national costume of Kyrgyzstan natives. All its clothes are beautiful, colorful and, most importantly, comfortable. What does it combine in itself, how is it worn and are there any distinctive features read on!
Mechoui: Heavy Treat
Destiny often hatches surprises and you can never know for sure what you’ll try at a festive table especially when travelling around Middle East countries.
25.06.2020 | traditions, world cuisine
Happiness moves in mysterious way: Places to make wishes in Latvia
Trip to Latvia breaks the chain of mundanity, awakes secret fantasies which usually remain dormant in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Wandering between the centuries-old pine trees, fresh Baltic breeze languidly runs over strings in wait for off-beat adventure. Dreams do come true – you just need to know a right place to make a wish.
17.06.2020 | traditions, tourism, Latvia
Mediterranean diet: the nutrition system as the cultural heritage
Pleasant sea breeze, silky whish of olive leaves, tasty cheese, fish, pasta, glass of a good wine from the local vineyard. Mediterranean feast is the true savor. By the way, it is worth it because Mediterranean diet keeps unique reputation. This is the only system of nutrition that is recognized by UNESCO as the national cultural heritage.
Accompaying persons, please leave the train: the most interesting trains on planet
Despite ongoing development of air transport, many people across the Earth still love to travel by train for various reasons. Though the majority of passengers associate trains with a rather slow way to travel compared with airplanes, and are concerned with low comfort which can be still at the level of last century, reading through our selection below...
World ghettos: Astoria: Greek outpost in New York City
Today, going on with series of articles dedicated to national enclaves living outside their homelands, we would like to tell about one of the most vibrant and tasteful neighbourhoods of New York City, culturally rich and diverse Astoria, usually nicknamed as the Little Greece.
04.06.2020 | USA, Greece, world ghettos
What do they eat: Rome’s cuisine
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...
Made In Sweden: Dalecarlian Horse
And since winged horses of Valkyries darted away to Valhalla forever, Dalecarlian horse has remained the guardian of Vikings’ traditions – painted folk toy, first mentioned in chronicles of 17th century. Dalecarlian horse serves as an amulet of non-touristic Sweden by saving from oblivion ancient fables and beliefs.
30.05.2020 | art, Sweden
On the catwalk: Norway
Full set of Norwegian national outfit can be traded for a pretty immodest car. Offspring of Vikings habitually create their bunads, decorated with elaborate embroideries, only manually thus investing a lost of effort and patience in it. Sure enough, they don’t wear helmets with horns anymore, but their folk dress still doesn’t lack splendor.
27.05.2020 | Norway, on catwalk
Borders cannot make harm: The most famous enclaves of the world
Today OUTLOOK travels along the cities and countries that are considered as the most interesting from the point of view of geography and administrative management. Moreover, they are enclaves as they are located within the territories of other states.
Not Just Oil and Tourism: Safari from African Employers
There are many options in the world that a person can master. North America has given a boost to startups and the banking sector, Asia - to high technology, Europe - to medicine ... And let's find out what do people do on the sunniest continent in the world?
Amsterdam: Bike capital of the world
Telling about transport means which became a symbol of some city, it would be an amiss to forget about bikes in Amsterdam. Anyone who has ever been in the Dutch capital, will never forget neither countless cyclists hurrying in swarms through the streets, nor the magnificent infrastructure that contributed to a bike as a safe, environmentally friendly, healthy and the easiest mode of transport.
16.05.2020 | Netherlands
World ghettos: Polish quarter in New York
New York is rightfully considered one of the most interesting cities in the world. The reasons for this are many, including its unique ethnic composition of more than twenty large communities. New Yorkers joke that they do not need to travel, as it is just enough to take a ride through national enclaves and learn new cultures.
14.05.2020 | USA, Poland, world ghettos
On the catwalk: Argentina
Every people has its folklore heroes that both children and adults want to look like. In Argentina legendary gaucho are considered ones and their outfits nowadays are believed to be traditional costumes of the country.
What do they eat: Armenia
Gastro-tourism is the most important part of any trip to the Caucasus, as food for local people is culture and national code, the same significant as architecture, mentality and folk art. Today it is turn for Armenia to enrich our section dedicated to the cuisines of the world;here are some authentic Armenian foods you cannot afford to miss.
30.04.2020 | Armenia, what do they eat
Basques: Between France and Spain
Visiting Spain, probably every tourist at least once heard about an intention of the inhabitants of a successful Barcelona and its neighbouring towns to declare independence. From time to time this topic comes up in international news, dragging attention and overshadowing history of the Basques - another special people in the Pyrenees.
29.04.2020 | Spain, travels
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.
22.04.2020 | world cuisine
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.
16.04.2020 | art, Lithuania
World ghettos: Paris in hebrew style
Fresh and crunchy pita breads, prayerful synagogues, kosher restaurants and sweetest people with payot and kind eyes - to see this picture, do not fly to Israel, just drop into Paris based district called the Marais, the story about which adds to our articles devoted to national ghettos.
14.04.2020 | France, society, world ghettos
What do they eat: Bolivia
Bolivian cuisine is the diversity of flavours, mostly inherited from the ancient Indians. Only in Bolivia, you can enjoy authentic dishes cooked according to their indigenous recipes, not influenced by European trends. After a hearty dinner of banana puree with alpaca meat, sitting comfortably in a rocking chair with a mug of the traditional Mate drink, you will feel perfect enjoying the stunning sunset above the mountain slopes.
13.04.2020 | Bolivia, what do they eat
Chinese sugar painting: Art from a ladle
Flowers and trees, animals and birds, dragons and fairytale characters – to put it short, anything that may come to your head can turn into an object of edible art there. Amazing technique of painting with hot sugar is possessed by craftsmen from Sichuan province. Paintings performed in almost caramel can be neither “edited”, nor painted over.
11.04.2020 | art, China
Tajik сombs 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.
04.04.2020 | traditions, culture, Tajikistan
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.
Divine mugham: the music of Azerbaijan
There is music which brings us back to life. It happens even if the tears are falling when one listens to it. The musical genre mugham talks to the audience using the right language. Everyone has lived out unhappy love, loss of a close person or ruin of ideals. These topics became the source of inspiration for the musicians of Azerbaijan movement mugham.
29.03.2020 | art, Azerebaijan
National drinks: Zero degrees and lots of energy
Everyone knows that being in Scotland you should try whiskey, in France you should taste wine, and in Japan t is all about sake. But few people think about national soft drinks. They were created by peoples with far more practical intentions - refreshing and burning, repelling from the climate features, possessing nourishing properties.
26.03.2020 | Japan, traditions, India, Mexico
Bollywood masterpieces from London
OUTLOOK offers our readers new articles on national ghettos – mass settlements of emigrants far from their homelands. The next step is the story of Southall, a suburb of London, which is much more reminiscent of Indian town. In the 21st century the notion of "national ghetto" has changed its primary meaning.
What do they eat: Albania
Flavorous Çömlek, refreshing Tarator and warming Skanderbeg – what is it that we’re talking about? If Balkan countries are far from you and you didn’t spend your latest vacation by Adriatic Sea, today we’ll fill in the gaps and invite you to Albania but not for a simple tour but to the kitchen so if you manage to come back without extra kilograms, you can be safely awarded a self-mastery medal.
17.03.2020 | Albania, what do they eat
Sacred animals of the Incas
Our "Peruvian cycle" is replenished with the story of the most revered animals in Peru. Being the link between the present and the past, they play an important role in the life of this nation. Wise ancestors of the modern Peruvians, the ancient Incas, were living in harmony with all life that surrounded them.
15.03.2020 | traditions, history, Peru
Serpent Charmers: How to make a snake dance?
Magic dance of a snake in time with flute’s melody often described in Eastern fairy tales and depicted in movies is no fiction but a true symbol of those countries. In Egypt, India, African countries and some other states slithering tribe are tamed to make a spectacular entertainment out of it. Profession of reptile charmers exists there; it is believed to be as nearly as the most amazing on Earth.
12.03.2020 | art, India, culture
On the catwalk: Cuba
Perhaps, every person on the planet at least received the invitation at the ‘party in Cuban style’ that is not so simple as it seems from the first side. Today Outlook is trying to study in the key elements and features of ‘estilocubano’ that lives out its rebirth that is unknown which is count, and is still inspiring the designers all over the planet.
08.03.2020 | Cuba, on catwalk
10 facts about Brunei
Little is known about ancient history of mysterious Brunei. Probably the origin involved Spanish, Japanese colonizers and pirates, who were fond of these lands and often visited them. Yet, except for memories, there was virtually nothing to be exported from there. In 20s of the last century, sovereign Brunei has accidentally discovered massive deposits of gas and oil, the black gold, in its lands. It was a beginning of thriving black-n-gold age of Brunei ...
04.03.2020 | 10 facts, Brunei
Kyrgyz yurt: House in the Celestial mountains
The great importance of a yurt for the Kyrgyz people is evident from their national flag: a round dome of a traditional home embraced by effulgent solar disc, proudly flaunts in a red background. Although usual life of nomads has been transformed to brick houses, a yurt still has an important place in their daily life, hiding under its tent echoes of history and carefully preserving old traditions.
26.02.2020 | the Kyrgyz Republic
Hanging Out In Pakistan
OUTLOOK studied the brightest Pakistani holidays, because the saying goes for a reason: people live same way they hang out. An amazing game of history. Pakistan appeared on political map relatively short time ago yet one doesn’t have the heart to call it ‘young’ for it is inhabited with heirs of one of the most ancient civilization.
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