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How Pasta Got Its Name and a Place in Italian Culture

“Pasta” is a term used to describe traditional Italian noodles, which have become a staple in kitchens and on dinner tables all over the world. The Italian word actually means “paste” and refers to the dough, made from ground durum wheat and water…
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Don't Eat in Public, and Other Rules of Social Etiquette in Japan

No matter where you go in the world, you’re likely to be tripped up by social etiquette: how to use chopsticks, whether or not to smile, if small talk is common or if people get right to the point. Japan is well known for their rules of social…
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Photographer Documents the Restoration of Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage

Award-winning photojournalist Robert Nickelsberg has spent more than 30 years chronicling life in Afghanistan. The images he’s taken while covering the country for Time magazine and The New York Times capture the devastating impact decades of war…
Maraya, the world's largest mirrored building, in Saudi Arabia, reflecting the desert surrounding it

The Wonder of Maraya, the World’s Largest Mirrored Building in Saudi Arabia

To some, the idea of building a Guinness world record-breaking concert hall in the middle of the desert sounds unusual: aren’t most world-breaking buildings erected in cities, where they can be viewed and used daily by thousands or millions of…
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German Artist and Sculptor Work Together to Create a Holocaust Memorial that Transcends Borders

Across Germany, there are museums, monuments and memorials dedicated to the millions of victims of the Holocaust. In northeast Berlin, sculptor Michael Friedrichs-Friedländer has dedicated the last 15 years to creating the tens of thousands of…
Two women at a street food stall

Fried Chicken and Stinky Tofu: The Magic of Street Food in Taiwan

One of the best parts about traveling is trying the cuisine of other countries. From the cafés of France and Italy, to fish markets in Japan and dim sum in China, the possibilities are endless.
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Going the Extra Mile: Japan’s Long-Distance Running Culture

Japanese runners kick-off the New Year with the Hakone Ekiden race.
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Christmas Traditions Around the World

Read about Christmas traditions like St. Nicholas Day, Krampusnacht, and Three Kings Day.
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New Podcast on Public Service Careers and World Travel Launches This Week

The “Boren Around the World” podcast is launching on CultureReady this week. The biweekly program will help foster a sense of community and knowledge exchange among Boren Awards recipients, while also providing useful information on a wide range of…
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