Culture, travel, fashion and culinary delights: the Kosmos pages of Lufthansa Magazin bring you interesting and useful tidbits from around the world
Waitomo Cave on New Zealand’s North Island is not inhabited by spirits but by millions of glow-worm larvae, which let down fine threads to attract other insects for food. A happy side effect: It’s very beautiful to look at.
“Valborgsmässoafton” or simply “Valborg” is the Swedish name for their traditional Walpurgis Night festival. On April 30, people light bonfires and dance around them to banish winter and welcome spring.
You silly egg! You flea! You meatball! Oddly enough, these are terms of endearment in China, France and Italy. A selection of choice pet names from around the world
a belly full of love
The way to the heart is through the stomach. Here’s proof: the French call their lover their “cabbage,” the Spanish, “half an orange,” the Japanese, “egg with eyes.” Oval heads are generally considered a beauty standard in the Far East.
the heart and other organs
“My heart and liver!” is a term of endearment in China. In Ireland, they say mo chuisle, “my pulse,” whereas Tibetans call their beloved “revered poison of my heart.”
The Germans lead, drawing inspiration from animals to call their lover a snail, sparrow, rabbit or mouse, closely followed by the French (“My doe!”) and the Italians (“My chick! My microbe!”).
If you thought beer was a beauty product, you’ll appreciate this: Visitors to the Bjórböðin Spa in Iceland relax in wooden troughs filled with barley juice, water, hops and yeast. This unusual mixture cleanses the skin and boosts the metabolism. Beer drinkers, never fear: There’s a keg of beer conveniently placed right beside the bathtub.