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.
Soccer’s fine, but in Mexico and Bhutan, and on the Philippines, many people find other traditional sports even more exciting.
Wild and western
Charros, Mexico’s cowboys, demonstrate their prowess with horses before huge audiences. Their charreada, a mix of different equestrian sports, is similar to the U.S. rodeo – and a bone of contention among animal rights activists.
Bow and arrow
The local soccer ground is to Germany what the archery range is to Bhutan: Every village, however small, has one, and everyone turns up at competitions. A hit from 140 meters away is celebrated with a traditional victory dance.
Cut and thrust
Arnis, better known as Filipino Martial Arts, is the national sport of the Philippines. Not only are hands and feet allowed as weapons, but in some contests also sticks, knives, daggers and swords.
Soapbox speeches won’t achieve respect and understanding. The 28th Jewish Culture Festival, held in the former Jewish quarter of Kraków, Kazimierz, fosters them with music, guided tours, workshops and readings (June 22-July 1).
Pioneers of the electronic, almost floaty trip-hop style of music, Massive Attack heavily influenced bands like Portishead with their classic albums Blue Lines and Mezzazine. The Bristol duo is now celebrating its 30th anniversary with a European tour that takes in Moscow
on July 29.