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The Origin of the Olive Tree is Lost in Time

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The olive tree is known to be among the oldest trees in the world, which for years governed the destiny of mankind and left their imprint.
Olive leaf fossils have been found in Italy. Fossils have been discovered in North Africa, and pieces of wild olive trees and stones have been found in excavations during the Bronze Age in Spain. The existence of the olive tree therefore dates back to the 12th millennium BC.

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The wild olive tree originated in Asia Minor (the peninsula also called Anatolia, the modern part of Turkey and the Armenian highland). Most people there today speak Turkish. The seas surrounding Asia Minor are the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.
So, the birthplace was Asia Minor some six millennia ago. It appears to have spread from Syria to Greece to lower Egypt, Nubia, Ethiopia, Palestine, Iran, the Atlas Mountains to certain areas of Europe – the entire Mediterranean Basin.

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In the 16th century BC the Phoenicians introduced the olive to the Greek isles where its cultivation increased and gained great importance in the 4th century BC when Solon requested decrees in olive planting. Another study though, shows that from the 6th century BC onwards the olive spread throughout the Mediterranean countries reaching Tunis and the island of Sicily, Italy.
The Arabs brought their varieties with them to the south of Spain and influenced the spread of cultivation so much that the Spanish word for olive (aceituna) has Arabic roots (azeitona).

With the discovery of America (1492) olive farming spread beyond its Mediterranean confines. The first olive trees were carried from Seville to the West Indies and later to the American Continent. By 1560 olive groves were being cultivated in Mexico, then later in Peru, California, Chile and Argentina, where one of the plants brought over during the Conquest – the old Arauco olive tree – lives to this day.

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In modern times the olive tree has continued to spread outside the Mediterranean and today is farmed in places as far removed from its origins as America, Africa, Australia, Japan and China.
But… where the sun permits, the olive tree takes root and gains ground.
 

And that’s Why We Should Laugh…

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Laughter is one of the most beautiful ways of expression in humans. It
can record the position of an interview or a particular situation or
even visible incident. This human expression was first discovered by
the French philosopher, Henri Bergson. Several philosophers devoted
his books and articles, most notably the book “Laughter” in which
several aspects and events that makes the human laugh were mentioned,
proposing an analytical and philosophical issue starting from the
following question: “Why do we laugh?”

As a matter of fact, human being is the only creature capable of
laughing as the process of laughing expresses the impact of what
happened in our psyche. The most important thing is that this effect
stems from the brain that may be surprised by an unexpected or a
sudden psychological trauma that tickles the sense of man, who
directly expresses his feeling by laughing.

 

Psychologists emphasize that laughter comes from the human brain,
which analyzes the things that drive us to laugh. However, it must be
said that the human brain, which analyzes the visual logic or audible,
turns to an analysis of the incident then sends messages to the facial
expression which push us to laugh or not. For example, if we are used
to watch the manager entering his office, this phenomenon is a logical
thing we are used to and do not lead us to any sense of laughter,
because it fits with the logic of our brain, which is entering the
office and sitting down. But, if the manager enters the office one day
and fell down on the ground dropping his things everywhere, this
action will directly lead to spark laughter, because the logic path
has been cut and what we didn’t expect had happen.

 

Nevertheless, human tends to laugh especially that laughing approaches
distances between people, moisturizes the atmosphere tension and
creates a sense of satisfaction and peace. However, some people cannot
stop laughing even during the saddest moments and some psychologists
have hailed these people, considering that their brain has a
remarkable capacity in the logical path of events analyses.

 

Perhaps laughter pushed man, since ancient times, to use this
emotional feeling and stick some artistic scenes to maintain a
theatrical comedian work. As people started attending and
participating in the process of collective laughter that makes us feel
the happiness and the beauty of life.
Finally, as the saying goes, “Laugh, And the World Laughs with You,”
we may also convince you to laugh as laughing makes you brighter and
more powerful.

Christmas Traditions From Around The World

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Christmas is the holiday that most people, around the world, wait for every year. In fact, each country celebrates this merry holiday in a different way; some start the celebrations months ahead, and others might not even celebrate it. Moreover, unexpected ways in celebrating Christmas occur in each country, and here are the most unique Christmas traditions from around the world.

The Philippines

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In fact, the Philippines is the third largest country in the world, and no other country celebrates this holiday quite like Filipinos do. In fact, over there, they immediately replace Halloween decorations with Christmas lights and start the celebrations in September; which makes it the longest Christmas celebration in the world, starting in September, and ending in January. In addition, you will see all the windows decorated by star shaped lanterns that are named after the Spanish word for lantern, farol.

Sweden

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The Yule Log is a custom that happens each year in European-derived Christmas traditions. In fact, a Yule Log is a cake that has the shape of a tree branch, filled with cream, and covered in order to look like an actual tree branch. However in Sweden, they have the tradition of Yule Goat, which is made of animal products as well as, surprisingly, straws. Merry Christmas in Swedish is “God Jul.”

Finland

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In Finland, a myth says that, Reindeer run rampant in Finnish Lapland and Joulupukki makes his home where those same reindeer roam. But it’s not all snowflakes and cookies on Christmas Eve, when at noon the Declaration of Christmas Peace is read in a formal ceremony in South Finland. Moreover, in Finland, people wish each other “Hyvää Joulua” on Christmas.

France

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In France, French people stay awake all the night in order to celebrate. In fact, celebrations include delicious food. “This means essentially gathering with friends, often a dozen or more, and enjoying a multi-course dinner, in company of many bottles of wine and much champagne,”

 

What you need to know before traveling to Mexico

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Every year, Mexico becomes more and more a perfect travel destination for most people, Especially Americans. Moreover, once you decide to go there, you will start imagining your long days on white sandy beaches, and clear blue waters. However, the culture over there differs from the culture of your own country. Here are the thing you need to know before traveling to Mexico.

Do not believe what you hear in the news

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In fact, for years, we have heard on the news that Mexico is where you can find drugs, and smuggle them from one country to another. Moreover, you cannot expect Mexico, or any country, to be violence free. However, there are a lot of regions in the country that are violence free and too friendly. In the matter of fact, The Yucatan peninsula, where Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations are located, is relatively unaffected by drug-related violence.

Carmencitta MAgazine - what you need to know before traveling to mexico 3Mexican food does not consist of just Tacos

We cannot ignore the fact that Tacos are delicious. However, there are much more Mexican foods that you should try such as: tortas, tamales, and mole poblano. In fact, in each region of Mexico you will find specific local specialties.

Buses are safe and cheap

Carmencitta MAgazine - what you need to know before traveling to mexico 4Do not be afraid to be late for a lunch with friends or a meeting, because in general, buses in Mexico are safe, clean, and on time. Moreover, you will be so relaxed on your trip because you will find in Mexico “executive class” as well as “first class” buses that offer you air conditioning, reclining seats, as well as movies. Moreover, if you have to go to a local place, use the second class buses because they make more stops. Additionally, buses fees are considered cheap because a one day trip can cost about 15$.

Things to know before you visit Puerto Rico

Things to know before you visit Puerto Rico

Things to know before you visit Puerto RicoPuerto Rico is a Caribbean island and unincorporated U.S. territory with a landscape of mountains, waterfalls and the El Yunque tropical rainforest. Moreover, this location has a lot of things that you need to see, and that we assure you that you will enjoy. However, like every other city, country, or location, it has its rules, culture, and regulations. If you are planning to visit Puerto Rico, keep on reading as we guide you through the things that you need to know before you go there.

NOT EVERYONE SPEAKS ENGLISH

 

Things to know before you visit Puerto RicoWhat most people do not know is, being part of the United States, does not make people magically bilingual. In fact, this is an island that had a 400 years of history more than the United States itself. However, you will be able to find people who will be fluent in English and will make you feel less in an awkward situation. However, do not expect that from everyone, and do not get mad if you bumped into someone who will not be able to understand what you are saying.

Public transportation is basically NON-EXISTENT

 

Things to know before you visit Puerto RicoDo not even try to ask about Uber services, because it does not exist over there. In fact, moving from place to another on this island will be the thing you will spend the most money on! This is why we recommend you to do one of these two things: first option, try to rent a car; it will be expensive nut you will be able to go wherever you want and whenever. Second option, taxi! Their price is ridiculously expensive so only use them when needed.

Make friends with locals

 

Things to know before you visit Puerto RicoThis is the best thing to do over there. In fact, locals are very friendly, and will help you discover the best places over there. Moreover, they might help you not getting stolen by people who take advantage of tourists.

 

Things to know before you visit Rome

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 “When in Rome, do what the Romans do”, of course, you have heard this saying, at least once in your life. In fact, people in Rome are well used to tourists, since it is a highly touristic location. However, there are things that are acceptable in your country, but necessarily in Rome! This is why, we have teamed up with our travel specialists, and found for you some things that you should know before you visit Rome.

Do not accept gifts from strangers on the street

 

Carmencitta-Magazine-Things-to-know-before-you-visit-Rome-2You might be surprised when a man, or a boy approaches you and handles you flowers just because, without any reason. In fact, those folks offering you flowers, small toys or trinkets, bracelets, and miniature holy pictures, actually expect money in return. The best thing you can do is refuse what they offer you with a “no grazie”, “no thanks” and keep on walking towards your direction. Moreover, you can give them a few coins so they stop bothering you. Otherwise, if you take the gift, and not pay, you will find yourself getting yelled at.

Keep an Eye on your Purse and Wallet

 

Carmencitta Magazine - Things to know before you visit Rome 3Pick-pocketing happens very often in Rome, the capital of Italy. This is why, it is very important that you  keep an eye on your wallet, cell phone, camera, or purse at all times, and never leave your money in an accessible backpack or pants pocket. Moreover, pick-pockets will try to strike as you get on and off buses by brushing up against you or snatching your bag and running as buses unload.

Fountains are not for feet washing in Rome

 

Carmencitta-Magazine-Things-to-know-before-you-visit-Rome-4.jIt is essential that you try, as much as you can, to keep your feet out of the fountains. In fact, Romans find it very disrespectful to dip your feet into a fountain. Even if you had a long day of walking, do not dip your legs in fountain water. Moreover, not only is it a sign of disrespectful, it’s actually forbidden.

 

Things You Should Know Before You Visit Scotland

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Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain. Moreover, it shares a border with England to the south, and is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the south-west. In addition to the mainland, the country is made up of more than 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides. Thinking about visiting Scotland? Those are the things that you need to know.

General Advice

carmencitta Magazine - things you should know before visiting scotland 2First of all, you need to know that Scottish prefer having indirect conversations, such as talking about the weather, traveling, etc… this is why, you need to stick with small talk. Moreover, make sure that you avoid topics like Politics and Religion. Additionally, if you are there to photograph, do not take a picture of someone without the person’s permission. In fact, Scottish are very proud of their country, so never make remarks against them. In addition, always say please and thank you while holding eye contact, as they are very polite and may get offended if you do not treat them the same way.

While Eating

carmencitta Magazine - things you should know before visiting scotland 3If in your country you are used to waving or snapping your hand at waiter, do not do that in Scotland. Moreover, for them, if you can afford eating at a restaurant, you can afford buying food for later meals, so don’t ask to take home food as leftovers. When it comes to tips, there is a customary tip of 10% with every meal and it is not expected of you to leave more. However, if you really enjoy your meal and your service, you can always leave more if you choose to do so.

If You Are Invited To Someone’s House

 

Make sure that you bring something over to their house as a gift. In addition, don’t mention that you don’t like the host’s food, and try to eat everything on your plate. Additionally, wait for the host to make a toast to the guest of honor first before eating.

 

What you must know before visiting Cuba

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If you are one of the travelers who had Cuba on their bucket lists for years, and you just had the opportunity and the money to visit it, there are so many things that you should consider prior to your visit. In fact, this is a prime destination for travelers around the whole world. Keep on reading this article so that we can tell you about the things that you must know before visiting Cuba.

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Most People Need A Visa

You must know that, travelers from only 19 countries are able to travel to Cuba without having a visa. However, the rest of the world can purchase need one before they can book their tickets. Americans, it’s a bit more complicated. Moreover, if you are American, you can travel to Cuba for any purpose except for tourism.

Best time to go there

Carmencitta MAgazine - What you must know before visiting Cuba 3In Cuba, from the middle of November until the end of March, you will find the coolest, driest, and busiest season. However, the months of May and June are the seasons of raining, but it is worth going because Cuban tobacco harvesting and carnival, both happen at this time.

Carmencitta MAgazine - What you must know before visiting Cuba 4Cash is the king in Cuba

In fact, most places in Cuba do not take Credit or Debit Cards, especially from Americans. This is why, try to have cash rather than cards. Moreover, Cuba has its own currency, and they will not accept dollars. However, pay attention that they have two Cuban currencies and the difference between them is big, so be careful.

Staying is someone’s place is “illegal”

If you are planning to go to Cuba, make sure that you book a hotel room, because staying over there without paying, is considered to be an illegal act. However, if you have relatives, you can stay at their place but they should go to a specific agency with papers that prove you are relatives.

Things you should know before going to Italy

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Italy is, despite the communication difficulties, still a very pleasant and beautiful country to visit. However, just like many other countries, there are some things that you should know before you go there. If you are planning to visit Italy, read through the following things that you have to know before traveling, they might be a great help for you!

Carmencitta Magazine - things to go before going to italy. 1jpgDo not expect to eat “Italian Food”

In fact, there is no such thing as Italian food. Whenever we go to an Italian restaurant back home, we expect pasta dishes, pizzas, and tiramisu as a dessert. However, there are some parts of Italy where it is barely impossible to find a single piece of tomato in your plate! Moreover, once you choose the town, try to know what is usually produced in that season, and you will eat the freshest dishes.

 Carmencitta-Magazine-things-to-go-before-going-to-italy.-2Pay Cash rather than with credit cards

In Italy, most people pay for their things on a daily basis using cash. Moreover, they use paper bills to pay for everything, from their morning coffee, to their dinner, and everything in between. However, for those of you who have used to pay for small things at the grocery store with a credit card, do not get offensive when a waiter at a decent restaurant refuses your credit card.

Carmencitta-Magazine-things-to-go-before-going-to-italy-3If a waiter leaves you alone to eat, he is not being rude

You may be accustomed to waiters visiting your table every minute to see if everything was going okay and that you are enjoying your time at the restaurant. However, in Italy, it is different. The waiter actually leaves you alone to eat and waits far for you to call him if you need anything. In fact, this is not the waiter being rude, this is him or her leaving you to enjoy your meal as much as possible.

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