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(Way) beyond customer service.

In 2013, when Japan made a final bid for the 2020 World Games, many non-Japanese speakers first heard the word “omotenashi.” According to the Japan Times, “Omotenashi is hard to define, but Japanese use it to describe what they believe is their unique approach to hospitality. It involves the subjugation of self in service ... Read More >

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23 May 2019
Posted in Culture, Food & Beverage, Tidbits & trivia

Chow down like a Kiwi.

Ask a dozen folks in New Zealand what their national dish is, and you’ll likely get 12 different answers. Perhaps that’s because this little country has an overflowing larder of local ingredient— lamb, cervena (venison), crayfish (lobster), fish, and shellfish, just for a start.  A great variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.  And, of ... Read More >

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How to do the Italian cheek kiss.

A recent edition of The Local.com, an English-language online news magazine, explained the rules of cheek-buzzing in Italy. Take a lesson…

“In general,” writes author Cartherine Edwards, “Italians are more touchy-feely than their more northern neighbors, and kissing as a greeting has a long history in Italy. The Ancient Romans are credited with spreading ... Read More >

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16 May 2019
Posted in Food & Beverage, History, Tidbits & trivia

It takes a railroad.

And an influx of Europeans with experience in Old World wine-making. Together, the arrival of the railway and the immigrants transformed Mendoza, Argentina, from a modest wine region into the world’s fifth-largest wine-producing area. All this happened in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but lucky you: You can reap the benefits ... Read More >

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9 May 2019
Posted in History, Tidbits & trivia

A short history: Mother’s Day.

This coming Sunday, Mother’s Day in the United States (and elsewhere around the globe), it’s time to put Mom on a pedestal. Here’s a bit of history on the holiday and a few fun facts.

Mars and the goddess Rhea Silvia with her twins, Romulus and Remus. Painting by Rubens, circa 1617.

According to History.com, ... Read More >

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Go native.

Though many of us appreciate the comforts of a Western-style hotel when we travel abroad, there’s a sound argument for choosing the local version of a great hotel. For one, staying in a traditional or historic property invites you to experience a bit of the culture and customs that surround you.

Two examples? In Morocco, ... Read More >

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11 Apr 2019
Posted in Food & Beverage, Tidbits & trivia

Spaghetti bolognese: fact or fake?

In a recent edition of Euronews, the mayor of Bologna claimed that spaghetti bolognese is “fake news.”

What’s all this about?

According to the article, Virginio Merola, Mayor of the Italian city of Bologna, took to Twitter to deny the existence of the classic dish, traditionally comprised of meat sauce made with milk and wine and ... Read More >

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4 Apr 2019
Posted in News, Tidbits & trivia

Happy trails.

Since 2012, the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network has published an annual report on the state of the world’s happiness. This year’s study examines the connection between happiness and a country’s development.

A thousand or so citizens in each of 156 U.N. member countries were asked to rate their quality of life on a ... Read More >

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28 Mar 2019
Posted in Culture, Tidbits & trivia, Travel with us

China’s Rapunzels.

In the traditional village in Huangluo, north of Guilin, China, you’ll see something unusual among the inhabitants. The women here, members of the ethnic Yao minority, follow a custom that’s been passed down for two millennia: They cut their hair only once in their lives, just before they marry.

Believed by the Yao to symbolize ... Read More >

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Learning to tell Rio time.

Here’s a tip for your next visit to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. If you arrive at a social gathering on time, you’re making a grave faux pas. The Cariocas (Rio locals) operate on Life’s-a-Beach Time, and their famously relaxed approach has earned them the status as the Very Least Punctual of All Brazilians.

Jaqueline ... Read More >

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