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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.

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 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.

 

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.

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.

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 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? 🙂

 

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.

 

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,”

 

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