Culture, travel, fashion and culinary delights: the Kosmos pages of Lufthansa Magazin bring you interesting and useful tidbits from around the world
Horsing around in the Scottish Lowlands
Two horses rear their heads from the ground near Falkirk, Scotland to tower 30 meters into the sky. The giant sculptures are called Kelpies, after the shape-shifting water spirits from Celtic mythology that usually appear in the shape of a horse.
So you think if you’ve seen one pair, you’ve seen them all? Wrong! Chopsticks vary greatly from (Asian) country to country – in their design and the way they are used.
Each year, some 25 million trees are felled to produce chopsticks in China alone. A single tree provides 4000 chopsticks, which are generally 27 centimeters long – longer than elsewhere in Asia.
Skewering is a no no
Japanese chopsticks are shorter and more delicate. Ideally, they measure one-and-a-half timesthe distance between thumb and first finger. Whatever you do, don’t skewer your food or stand your chopsticks upright in the rice. The latter is only done at memorial services.
Spooning is better
In China and Japan, it’s perfectly acceptable to raise your bowl to your lips and shovel rice into your mouth with chopsticks. In Korea, it’s considered bad manners, so the bowl stays on the table and everybody uses a spoon.
The Hamburger Kunsthalle art museum, which holds works from a good eight centuries (such as Caspar Friedrich’s “Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog”, pictured here) is celebrating its 150th birthday. A comprehensive program of events kicks off August 23.
Lauryn Hill, U.S. rapper and former frontwoman of the hip-hop group Fugees, only produced a single album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. That was 21 years ago, but it’s regarded as a milestone of neo-soul. This month, the singer is performing in Germany: August 27 in Cologne and August 29 in Berlin.
I took this on the waterfront in Vancouver, looking toward Vancouver Harbour and the North Shore Mountains. “Digital Orca, 2009” is a sculpture by Canadian artist and author Douglas Coupland, and to me, it’s both wishful and optimistic.