Culture, travel, fashion and culinary delights: the Kosmos pages of Lufthansa Magazin bring you interesting and useful tidbits from around the world
There’s no danger of running out of books here. Tianjin Binhai Public Library boasts 33 700 square meters packed with some 1.2 million books. The new library, designed by Dutch architects firm MVRDV, is also used as a meeting place.
Like to learn a new language? Thanks to apps, the Internet and cheap flights, it’s never been easier. Here are three exotic choices.
Banter on Bali
How about jetting to Bali to pick up some Indonesian? It’s one of the easiest languages in the world and gets by with very little grammar, uses the Latin alphabet instead of strange characters – and is spoken by 200 million people.
Swot up on Swahili
Chat to the safari guides in the local lingo? Swahili has a logical sentence structure, no complicated click sounds and is probably the easiest African language for Europeans to learn. You can practice it in Kenya, Tanzania and Somalia.
Scandi noir in swedish
Always wanted to read Swedish detective stories in the original? It’s easier than you think. Swedish shares many words with English and German, and its grammar rules are typically minimalist.
Talib Kweli, one of the most formidable lyricists of the Conscious Rap school, is a social activist whose views and tracks are diametrically opposed to aggressive gangsta rap. The New Yorker has been preaching his vision for 20 years; he’ll be performing in Hamburg on November 18.
Festival of lights Diwali, which symbolizes the victory of good over evil, starts on November 6 and is celebrated in Hindu countries with fireworks, oil lamps and candles. Depending on the region, the festival can last up to five days.
A girl on a swing above an abyss; penguins on a snowy pedestrian crossing in Manhattan; a blue whale in Venice’s Canal Grande, and thousands of balloons. In his new book Traumwelten (Dreamworlds), German photo artist Robert Jahns deftly treads the line between kitsch and surrealism.