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Celebrate Independence Around the World

July 01, 2014 12:00 AM
Every July 4, the United States celebrates its independence with barbecues, fireworks, games, and parades. Here’s a look at other independence days around the world.
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Life on the Edge

December 06, 0020 12:00 AM
Some borders lie along physical barriers, like mountain ranges or large bodies of water, while others are solely based on treaties, purchases, and wars. These types of borders don’t always take into account the people living at the new edge of a country. Regardless of how a border came to be, it often produces a unique situation for those living around it. Here are five cities that have dealt with being split by international borders in different ways
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Try a Tradition! Taking a look at New Year’s traditions around the world

April 09, 0020 12:00 AM
New Year’s Eve is a classic holiday that is celebrated by most everyone around the world. In the United States, people gather to watch the ball drop in Times Square, eat lots of finger foods and fancy snacks, and kiss their special someone right at the stroke of midnight.
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10 Libraries Every Reader Needs to Visit

October 03, 0019 12:00 AM
British Library, London, UK
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Deltas & Dunes: The Best of Brazil

May 28, 0019 12:00 AM
While Brazil may be best known for its crowded Copacabana shorelines and its thick Amazon jungles, these aren’t the only natural wonders the country offers. Brazil’s raw beauty pervades all the way from its southern border to its northernmost coast. And, though it is often overlooked, lying in the heart of the northeastern state of Piauí is one of the country’s most spectacular sights: the River Delta of Parnaíba.
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Om Nom: International Edition

May 07, 0019 12:00 AM
The stereotypical nagging parent says, “Keep your elbows off the table and chew with your mouth closed.”From a young age, all of us have been taught the “correct” way to eat. It’s a surprise to no one that the rules we learn (no elbows on the table, don’t slurp your soup/noodles/drink) are more a product of culture than any universal law.If you ate the way that is culturally appropriate in the United States, would it still be appropriate in other countries? Let’s take a little trip and find out.JapanJapan appreciates noisy eaters. Especially when eating noodles, you should slurp to show how good they are. One tip: it’s easier to slurp when you eat with chopsticks. If the idea of eating with chopsticks is intimidating, don’t worry—most Japanese restaurants and households also have forks available.Remember to pick up the bowl to eat when you can. You won’t make as much of a mess, and if you’re using chopsticks, you don’t have to work nearly as hard. In general, avoid leaning over your dish. The Japanese think it makes you look like an animal.Chopsticks are not always the utensils of choice. The Japanese use spoons with soups or with rice dishes that are paired with sauce. For example, both curry on rice and fried rice would be dishes eaten with a spoon.BrazilIn Brazil, use utensils for everything—even for foods you would normally eat with your hands. If you have to eat without utensils, make sure to wrap yourfood in a napkin so your hands don’t make contact. Also, never eat and walk. If you buy something from a street vendor, stay there to eat it.Brazil has a very family-centered eating culture. Even the poorest family in Brazil will throw food parties for family events. When you take a bite of Brazilian food, taste the love cooked into it.India While they do have utensils, Indians believe that the flavor of their food is best enjoyed when eaten with their hand. However, when eating, be sure to use only your right hand. The left hand is considered dirty.In rural areas, they sit on the floor to eat. But at restaurants, they use chairs. Indians show their appreciation for a meal by cleaning their plate. As such, if you put something on your plate, you need to eat all of it. Otherwise, you signal that you do not like the food.SomaliaSomalian food culture is highly influenced by its religious culture. In Somalia, the majority of the population is Muslim, meaning they follow some rigorous dietary restrictions. There are two main groups of food: halal, or accepted foods, and haram, or forbidden foods. Similar to the Jewish culture and religion, the main forbidden foods are pork products, blood, and animals which are not killed correctly.When visiting Somalia, generally avoid discussing food and food preparation with men, as they consider food to be a womanly topic. However, if you get the chance, compliment the person (likely the woman) who made the food—the various pancakes and fried breads of the Somalian diet are delicious. ItalyItalians expect food to be eaten the way it is “meant” to be eaten. Unlike in restaurants in the US, where it is normal to ask for substitutions, the idea of changing a traditional food can be offensive to Italians. Those of you with food allergies and intolerances be aware of this. Italian meals are often com-posed of multiple courses, and even in Italian homes, each course is served on a different plate. They do not want the dishes to mix.A Final ThoughtThis is just a brief overview of cultural food practices, but when you travel, do your research. You’ll find plenty of new ways to eat that you may never have considered before.—Sarah Birdsall
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Natal, Brazil

December 08, 0018 12:00 AM
Natal (the Portuguese word for Christmas) is a relatively unknown vacation spot in northern Brazil. Usually when people think of a Brazilian getaway, they think of Rio de Janeiro or Manaus, but for people who are looking to avoid the crowds and still experience Brazil in all of its beauty, Natal is a wonderful spot to visit, and not just during the holidays.
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Natal: A Hidden Paradise

April 19, 0018 12:00 AM
When most people think of Brazil, they think of Rio de Janeiro or the Amazon rainforest. But on the easternmost point of Brazil there is an overlooked city—Natal. Brazilians flock to Natal as a beachside vacation spot, so join the locals and have a truly Brazilian vacation!
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From Flames to Art

February 06, 0017 12:00 AM
A red one, a pink one, a teal one—all squished together. Welcome to Olinda where the colorful homes welcome visitors to one of the cultural centers of Brazil just 20 minutes outside of Recife.
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¡Baile!: The Passion of Latin Dances

June 30, 0016 12:00 AM
One of the easiest ways to absorb rich Hispanic culture is by observing Latin dancing. Latin dances have developed over hundreds of years. Many began as folk dances and social dances. Others began as competition dances. Some of these dances were even meant to tell a story. Over time, many of these traditional dances have grown in popularity and form, and some have become staples in international competitions. Regardless of where they came from or how they started, these dances all have one thing in common: each gives the audience a little taste of Latin culture while also displaying incredible skill from the dancers.
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Four Corners of the Kitchen: Coconut

April 07, 0015 12:00 AM
Coconut, fruit of the “tree of life,” is a super food. Although coconut trees grow only in tropical and subtropical regions, this tasty treat has reached every corner of the globe. Coconut is sold in many forms, from fresh coconuts to pressed coconut oil to shredded coconut, and it tastes delicious in both sweet and savory dishes.
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Limes: Four Corners of the Kitchen

March 25, 0015 12:00 AM
There’s nothing better than limes to pack a tangy punch. While you may not be adventurous enough to eat a lime on its own, this member of the citrus family complements a wide range of ingredients. From a cold, creamy drink to a savory soup, these four recipes highlight the way limes are used around the world.
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The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil: All in One Rhythm

March 30, 0014 12:00 AM
Most countries take soccer―or football, as it is known in most nations―very seriously, and Brazil is no exception. This year, Brazil will host the world’s most renowned and important soccer competition: the FIFA World Cup. With five World Cup titles, Brazil stands as the number-one team in the world in terms of wins. The fierce competition that will no doubt come from the teams competing will be accompanied by fierce celebration among players and fans alike.
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The Academy for Creating Enterprise: Creating Enterprise and Hope

January 14, 0014 12:00 AM
After graduating from the Academy for Creating Enterprise, Moroni Jesus Ramos Olague decided to remain in Mexico City, where he manages an Internet café.
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Lindo e Paradisíaco: Brazil’s Coastline

September 08, 0012 12:00 AM
Extending more than four thousand miles, the Brazilian coast offers flawless beaches from north to south. These endless beaches are perfect for relaxing, learning, having fun, and getting in touch with nature. Once you lose yourself on this hot, sandy trail, you’ll never want to leave it.
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Valentine's Day: Love Around the World

December 07, 0010 12:00 AM
Brazil
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The World in a Fruit Basket

December 06, 0010 12:00 AM
I’m not exactly an expert on anything—I’m not a world-renowned traveler, a famous writer, or a gourmet chef. But I do know what it means to be a broke student with wanderlust. I’ve always had big dreams of traveling and photographing the world, but lately I’ve learned to satisfy my thirst for new cultures by getting a taste of other cultures—literally—through the fruits they eat. As it turns out, you really can fit the world in a grocery cart. Here is some of what I’ve learned.
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