Culture, travel, fashion and culinary delights: the Kosmos pages of Lufthansa Magazin bring you interesting and useful tidbits from around the world
Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, USA
More winter, or maybe spring?
Groundhog Day, the Hollywood comedy starring Bill Murray, put the little town of Punxsutawney on the map. Every February 2, which is Groundhog Day, there’s a celebration there and a furry rodent “predicts” the end of winter.
Remember Tetris, the classic 1980s computer game? It inspired the Bulgarian photographer and graphic designer Mariyan Atanasov to create a photo series showing sections of buildings in Sofia, his country’s capital, floating in space as if they were about to fall into place like the pieces of an architectural puzzle.
In Phaya Thaen Public Park, about an hour’s flight from Bangkok, Phraya Khan Khak (The Toad King) towers above the Chi River. The statue represents the amphibian spirit that is said to forecast rain. Inside the giant toad there’s a museum on toads and Thai mythology.
To get to the top of Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka’s famous pilgrimage point, you have to climb about 5200 steps, some of them hewn into the naked rock. The best time to climb is on a clear winter’s night with a full moon.
Long way up
With 11 647 steps and an altitude gain of 1700 meters, the Niesenlauf up the Niesen Mountain in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland region is a run on the world’s longest staircase and the ultimate challenge for stair climbers.
The heat won’t actually melt the snow this early in the year, but these sizzling festivals in Reykjavík, Iceland are not to be missed: the Dark Music Days take place January 25 to February 1 and the Winter Lights Festival is on February 6 to 9.