Even if you know the food is bad, it's actually much worse. (CUBA
It's forbidden for parents to bestow non-Icelandic or foreign-sounding names
on their children. (ICELAND)
Kyz-kumay (kiss-the-girl) involves a man who furiously chases a woman on horseback in an attempt to kiss her. The woman gets the faster horse and a head start and if she wins gets to chase and whip her shamed suitor. This allegedly began as a formalised alternative to abduction, the traditional nomadic way to take a bride. (KYRGYZSTAN)
Each destination is covered by a two-page spread. The text is broken down into a number of categories: Best Time to Visit, Essential Experiences, Getting under the Skin (which covers what to read, watch, eat, and drink), In a Word, Trademarks, and Surprises. Even though you may believe you know a lot about one country or another, you'll learn quite a few facts as well as a quirky thing or two about each destination.
Mongolians sing to their animals: there are lullabies to coax sheep to
suckle their lambs, croons to control a goat, to milk a cow or imitate a camel's cry -- there are far more Mongolian songs about the love of a good horse than the love of a good woman. (MONGOLIA)
The icing on the cake would have to be the 1200 photos found throughout the tome, all of them of a quality you would expect in an issue of National Geographic. Added to the informative and entertaining text, these gorgeous images make The Travel Book a "must read!"
Under the Treaty of Breda (1667), the Dutch retained Suriname and their colonies on the Guyanese coast in exchange for a tiny island now called Manhattan. (SURINAME)
An inspirational read, this tome takes you on a stunning journey across the globe, one that globetrotters and would-be travelers will cherish.
The world's largest country encompasses all the pleasure and pain of the human condition, with the last decade's social and economic revolutions giving a dynamic -- and disastrous -- spin to Russian lives. . . It's precisely the Russian people's endearing combination of gloom and high spirits, rudeness and warmth, secrecy and openness that makes journeying through their country such a different experience. (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
For my money, The Travel Book could well be the very best travel-related tome I have ever come across. It would make the perfect Christmas present for any avid adventurer, backpacker, or armchair travelers!
Some local buses don't break down; large bottoms are considered beautiful. (TANZANIA)
As you can see, a number of quotes from various entries have been inserted in this review. . .
By the end of the Vietnam War, Laos had the dubious distinction of being the most bombed country in the history of warfare. (LAOS)
The final verdict: 10/10
It is actually possible to fill an entire day doing absolutely nothing. (BELIZE)
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