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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$.

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.

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.

LA TOMATINA

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“La Tomatina” In Valencian town of Buñol, a town located in the East of Spain, each year a festival called “La Tomatina” takes place. This is something that has been present in their culture for years. Since 1945, people throw tomatoes on each other for entertainment purposes only. In fact, the event takes place every last Wednesday of August, at the same time when Buñol festivals are happening.

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This event has been present since 1945. No one is actually sure hoe this tradition has started. However, there is an old story that says that disgruntled townspeople rioted and attacked city councilmen with tomatoes during a town celebration. Moreover, to the people, it did not matter how it started. All that matters is that they enjoyed it very much to the extent that they decided to repeat it every year. Furthermore, this tradition was banned for a certain period of time, because it did not have any religious meaning, and appeared again in the 1970s. Moreover, in 1975, due to the popularity of the event, the festival became official and there were some rules and restrictions.

Rules

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After the festival became popular, some rules have been made regarding the safety and the time.

First rule was that the festival only lasts for 1 hour. Next, the tomatoes should be squashed before use in order to prevent injuries. In addition, the only thing that is allowed to be thrown is tomatoes; no other projectiles. Moreover, participants should always give space for the trucks to pass, and when the second shot that indicates the ending is heard, nobody is allowed to throw tomatoes anymore.

 Event Description

The town has made an entrance fee, and only a certain number of participants are allowed to enter. After the event is done, fire trucks use the hoses to clean the streets. After that, the whole town is clean because of the acidity of the tomatoes.

The Story of The Mongolian Nomads and Their Tents

Nomads, the existing tribes at that time, used to travel from place to place in search of food and water for survival. They had no permanent homes, they lived in tents.
Tents was their major possession. They were made of goat hair with curtains to divide the tent into two parts (male and female sides) and carpets for the floor. Rugs and carpets became essential in their lives as they served the purpose of rough Nomadic life. Their tents were thickly knotted to protect them from harsh climates and the rugs so they don’t have direct contact with the ground.
Armenians where the first to weave carpets, and eventually became an artisan-ship for the Mongolian Nomads to follow in their daily lives to build their tents. They maintained the culture and eventually, it became a trade between East and South of China. It is from there where the world followed. It later evolved into artistic pieces. 

 

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.

 

Was It Murano for Glass Blowing?

The earliest evidence of glassblowing was found in Iran, Chogha Zanbil – an ancient complex, 2nd millennium BC. The invention of glassblowing occurred with the establishment of the Phoenician Roman Empire in the 1st century BC.

On the eastern borders of the Empire, the first large glass workshops were set up in the birthplace of glassblowing Lebanon by the Phoenicians (the ancient forefathers of the Lebanese). Phoenicians were the ones to teach this craftsmanship to the world.
 Ennion was the most famous and gifted of these craftsmen. He came from the coastal city of Sidon. Like many other crafts, this craftsmanship became interrupted after the war.Today, Lebanon is left with only two kilns- Sarafand and in Tripoli.

The Legend of The Wedding Rice


Have you ever wondered when you were a child and attended weddings with your parents, why people throw rice at the newlyweds as they went out of the church?

Until this scene became something usual and you stopped asking. You grew up and attended several weddings, some did not throw rice after the ceremony.
After doing more research, we found out that it’s a custom dating to ancient Rome and is done to wish the spouses good luck, fertility and abundance in their new life as a couple.

 

Food is always a popular option, because it symbolizes an abundant harvest. Seeds and nuts symbolize fertility, because from a small seed, a large plant grows. Grains like wheat or rice were thrown at the newlyweds in old times so the couple would be prosperous and have many children to help them farm the land.
In other countries, different foods are thrown during weddings. For example, in Morocco, newlyweds are showered with figs and raisins to ensure a fruitful union. Italians traditionally throw candy and sweetened nuts. In Korea, the groom’s father throws red dates at his new daughter-in-law to attract fertility. In France, they prefer wheat, while in other European countries they even throw eggs!
Even today, some people think raw rice can explode in birds’ stomachs and for this reason, some churches allow it and some not because they believe that throwing seeds of rice would kill the birds. In other cities, the custom is simply forbidden outside courts and churches because of the nuisance of picking up the rice and because it can cause falls and other accidents.

Probably you have talked to some of your girlfriends who were showered with rice at their weddings and are still married. They told you it’s uncomfortable and even painful to feel the grains falling on their heads, faces and the worst part, inside their clothes.

Whatever the story is, don’t you think that this tradition is good to hold on to, still get showered with rice and candies too perhaps? 🙂

 

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 you need to know before visiting Ireland

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Visiting a certain country without knowing its people’s habits can get you in big troubles sometimes. In fact, each country has its own habits and ways of behaving. Moreover, if you are planning to visit Ireland, make sure to read this article that shows you the things you need to know before going there.

Do not be afraid of its people, they’re just friendly in nature

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When you are there, a lot of people will be willing to guide through it. They will give you some advice on where to go, which places to visit, and what to eat. Do not feel intimated when a person comes to you and asks you if you are lost and need directions. It is just in their personality to help people out.

In turn, expect some rudeness

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You may enter a coffee shop or a small restaurant where all the staff is busy and may not help you find a table or what to order. In fact, this is something usual over there. Moreover, this does not mean that they are rude, this is how they are supposed to do their job. In fact, many tourism businesses are working on solving the problem.

Plan ahead for your Sundays

In fact, most of the shops on Sundays do not open. However some of them will open until 2 pm only. This is why you should plan In advance what to do on a Sunday. In addition, Ireland has Bank Holiday Monday; this means if you want money from the bank, make sure to get it before Monday or after it. In addition, there are some shops that close after Bank Holiday Monday on Tuesday. As well as some museums that also are closed on Mondays. However, if you plan on visiting any place make sure to make a booking in advance so that you do not go there and find it closed.

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