If you and your family can’t decide where to take your next vacation, try one of these tips: They combine the sea, the mountains and a city getaway in a single destination.
Pearl on the pacific
The old town is a World Heritage Site. The ocean laps gently against the wharf while behind you, the Andes tower several thousand meters into the sky. Valparaíso, Chile, is the perfect destination for people who insist on having it all.
The perfect day
Kitesurfing in the morning, a jog up 1127-meter Grouse Mountain in the afternoon, drinks and sushi in the evening on hip Commercial Drive: That’s what awaits you in Vancouver, Canada.
Forget the seven hills of Rome – it’s time for a trip to Seoul! Koreans are avid hikers and their favorite peak is 836-meter Bukhansan. When you’re ready for a swim, head out toward the airport and sandy white Eurwangni beach close by.
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.