Culture, travel, fashion and culinary delights: the Kosmos pages of Lufthansa Magazin bring you interesting and useful tidbits from around the world
Next stop: the bedroom. Urban planners helped to solve the growing space problem in Chongqing, a city of 8.5 million, by sending a subway line right through the sixth floor of a multistory apartment building.
So you think city breaks in the middle of summer are a dumb idea? They’re not – as long as you choose the right city.
The climate may be harsh and the temperatures may not rise much above 20° C, but Edinburgh draws multitudes of tourists in the summer – thanks in part to its great arts festival. The International Festival and the alternative Fringe take place this year from August 4 to 28.
Turning Night Into Day
Why go to bed if it doesn’t get dark? From early June until mid-July, St. Petersburg is enveloped in a velvety twilight all night long. All manner of cultural events take place during the famous “White Nights,” including concerts and opera and theater premieres, and nobody goes to bed until dawn.
Buenos Aires, the Argentine capital, is perfect for a city break during the northern hemisphere’s summer months because its winters are so mild. Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital, is also well worth a visit – and it’s only a ferry ride away across the Rio de la Plata river.
Enter through the mouth of a bug-eyed beast and you will find yourself inside the Kawaii Monster Café in Tokyo, where lifesize gummibears and a cake-shaped carousel await – and you are served by aliens. The food is also odd: pastel-colored pasta, candy salads and ice cream in every color of the rainbow.
Eating an English, German or American breakfast may be what you’re used to, but don’t stick to the same-old-same-old when traveling; be adventurous, try the local fare.
pass the rice, Baby
Never mind cold cereal, in Japan the breakfast grain is rice, and it is served with fish, vegetables and miso soup. The Vietnamese prefer beef, fish or chicken noodle soup.
sugar for my honey
Eating super-sweet things for breakfast like honey, hazelnut cream or jam is mainly a Western thing. In many African countries, cornmeal or millet meal are as sweet as it gets, and they are often accompanied by plantains or bean pancakes.
a solid start to the day
Rice and beans, cheese and plantains are popular breakfast foods in Costa Rica. In Panama, plantains are often served with garlic sausages and liver.