Culture, travel, fashion and culinary delights: the Kosmos pages of Lufthansa Magazin bring you interesting and useful tidbits from around the world
Andaman Islands, India
“The coolest new hotel on the planet,” was the Sunday Times’ verdict on Jalakara. The tropical luxury hotel boasts a magical location: It was built on the site of an old banana and betel nut plantation on Havelock Island, one of the Andaman Islands.
Descendants of Iberian immigrants and Argentina’s first nations, gauchos have often been romanticized as free spirits who lead a hard life as cattle farmers on the South American pampas. Argentine photographer Aldo Sessa captured the reality and traditions of gaucho life in powerful images and has now published a book called Cauchos. Icons of Argentina
Down on your knee, out with the ring: This is how men traditionally propose in the West, but it’s only one of many traditions.
a matter of choice
“Would you make miso soup for me every day?” In the past, Japenese women could expect their suitor to pop this question, but these days, most would prefer to be admired for more than just their cooking skills. In traditional families, however, the parents have the final say.
a matter of respect
Men in Fiji first approach a woman’s parents, who can expect to receive a beautiful pair of whale teeth as an engagement gift.
a matter of convention
Talk about traditional: Among heterosexuals in the United States, men propose to women 95 percent of the time. In Scotland and Ireland, women like to take the initiative – but only in a leap year, on February 29.