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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.
 

Read this before visiting japan

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Visiting Japan comes with some rules and customs, which you need to better understand so that you don’t feel like you offended Japanese people.

A bow to show respect

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Bowing, for Japanese people, is considered something that has to be done whenever you see someone you know and you respect, to show how much respect you have for them. The length of time the bow needs to endure depends on the second person. For example, if he or she lasts only for 2 seconds, you need to last for that time also.

While on the table

Carmencitta-Magazine-Japan-3.Table manners are an important aspect of Japanese customs. There are a few things you need to know before dining with them. First, if you are invited to a dinner party and there were drinks available, wait before you drink so that someone takes the lead, make a speech to welcome guests, and then raises the glass. Second, the small cloth you receive at restaurants, is not used for your face, but for your hands and just your hands. Finally, you should say “itadakimasu” which means “I will receive” before eating.

Do not offer tips

Carmencitta-Magazine-Japan-4When it comes to tipping, Japanese people find it insulting. For them, any service you ask for is covered by the price they give you.

The slippers

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Remember to always take off your shoes when you are planning to enter someone’s house, business, or company. Usually, there is a pair of slippers waiting for you at the door. In addition, do not use at home the same slippers you used in the bathroom.

Public Bathhouse

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These are available in a large number in Japan. They can be found in small areas in Japan, as well as large areas. They are used if you have already showered, and feel like you need extra minutes soaking in hot water.

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.

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 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.

 

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