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Autumn traditions from around the world
Autumn is here (apparently) and we all have our own traditions, be it the first pumpkin spice latte of the season, or the ceremonial Changing of the Coats. But what about the rest of the world? What do they do when the leaves start to fall from the tree and the nights get darker?
Pheasant Island: The island that changes countries every six months
When you first look at it, Pheasant Island doesn’t seem like anything special at all – it’s a tiny island in the middle of the Bidasoa, a river that runs between France and Spain; it’s only 660 feet long and 130 feet wide; and it’s gradually eroding away.
The Dancing House: Prague’s wonkiest building
The other morning, I woke up feeling quite dizzy. Unless I was lying flat on my back, the room felt like it was spinning, just a little bit. (No, I wasn’t drunk.) It was horrible. But I imagine this is how the people who live in the Nationale-Nederlanden building in Prague feel every day.
Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the northern lights
It’s an amazing sight that many of us have on our bucket lists (alongside such experiences as sky diving with dolphins or something) but what exactly are the northern and southern lights? And do the northern lights constantly tease the southern ones about wearing a coat? Allow me to answer one of those questions.
Bahá’í: The religion with only 9 places of worship in the world
Pretty much wherever you are in the world, you’re probably within walking distance of a church, a mosque, a synagogue or a temple of some kind. But I bet you’re not within praying distance of a Bahá’í House of Worship right now – because there are only nine of them in the whole world.
Burial of the sardine: Spain’s strange Ash Wednesday tradition
The more I learn about Spain and its customs, the more questions I have. Whilst talking about Pancake Day and Ash Wednesday to my Spanish boyfriend, he exclaimed, “Oh! Yes, I know. When you bury the sardine!”
6 more bridges that connect two countries together
Last week, I wrote about the Øresund Bridge which connects Denmark and Sweden. We featured that post in our monthly email to our customers and we were overwhelmed with replies telling us about other, similar bridges! It turns out a bridge connecting two countries isn’t such a novelty after all. So here are some of the ones we learned about.