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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.

Make Your Own Olive Oil Soap

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Ingredients:Makes about 13 standard or 10 chunky bars:
– 17 fl oz (500g ) Olive Oil
– 10 1/2 oz (300g) Coconut Oil
– 7 oz (200g) Palm Oil
– 5 oz (142g) Lye (Sodium Hydroxide/Caustic Soda) غسول قلوي
– 13 fl oz (380ml) Water
– 1 oz (2 tbsp/30g) Essential Oil or Fragrance Oil (Optional)
Additives such as lavender flowers or Dried Calendula Flowers (optional)
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By L’ebdaa

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.

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.
 

Here’s a Brief History of Alarm Clocks

Since its inception, the alarm was known as a device based on the
principle of an ascending or descending counting of a watch, as the main goal of the invention is to alert human in order for them to wake up at time. Alarms used to work mechanically through small toothed wheels, as they are linked with each other for the alarm to ring at a specific time.

In early nineteenth century, Citizens in European cities used to
assign an “alarm guy” whose main job was to wake them up at a specific time, as he appeared with a long stick and a small bell, in which he hits their windows for them to wake up.

 

As a matter of fact, alarms, in different shapes and mechanics, have always been used in the ancient times but in 1847, the Frenchman Antoine Redier, has re-designed it so it can be set at a specific time. Therefore, he is considered as the main inventor of mechanical alarms and his name was mentioned in the record register. However, in America, alarm clocks were certainly used but they were always set on the same time and people were unable to edit it. Therefore, Antoine Radier had added a huge modification in the alarm industry by adding the possibility of adjusting time.

In the twentieth century, many inventions in the industry of the alarm have appeared, including modern alarms that have been created by the major industrialized countries Japan and China. However, Alarms have appeared with digital screens as they were developed in order for it to be set and used easily.  Nevertheless, alarms developments have progressed until alarms have entered the software systems on computers, televisions and radios. This development has been crowned with the entry of the alarm to the phone and portable Pad adding numerous adjustments and developments such as timers and digital numbering systems for athletes.

 

 

There is no doubt that the alarm clock has become an integral part in the life of every employer, manager, teacher,  doctor, etc. as it saves us from falling in a deep sleep and, therefore, our body would be accustomed to a certain awakening pattern. However, doctors recommend us not to use the cell phone alarms by putting them beside the bed because it may adversely affects the brain and the nervous system activity, as they prefer to use the old version alarm clocks or digital alarm clocks.

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.

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. 

 

And that’s Why We Should Laugh…

women holding doughnuts in front of eyes.

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.

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? 🙂

 

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