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The Bavarian Legend of Krampus

In December, naughty children in Central Europe — Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic — face more severe consequences than coal in their stockings. That’s because St. Nicholas…
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Learning the Art of Gelato Making

Many people study abroad in Italy, but only a select few attend Carpigiani Gelato University for the opportunity to become a Master Gelatiere. Located in Anzola dell'Emilia near Bologna, the school…
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How Poland Made a Meal Out of a Sandwich

Sandwiches are popular in many cultures, but in Poland, open-faced varieties called “kanapki” are one of the country’s most beloved foods.
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A South Korean Barista Turns Coffee into Creamart

With more than 18,000 coffee shops, Seoul, South Korea has a vibrant coffee culture that makes java lovers feel right at home. Those who also enjoy art will appreciate the work of one barista, Lee…
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Turkey’s Long-Standing Hammam Culture

During the Ottoman Empire, public Turkish hammams, commonly referred to as Turkish bathhouses, were built in droves.
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Museums That Expand Your Japanese Cultural Awareness

Japanese culture hosts a plethora of niche interests, and in turn, Japan is also home to many museums with unique themes.
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Some of the World’s Most Unique Sports

Some popular sports in the United States like baseball and basketball have a large contingent of fans in other countries. Many of those nations also have their own unique sports, some of which have…
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Finland is the Happiest Country in the World

For the fourth year in a row, Finland has been named the happiest country in the world, scoring 7.84 points out of 10 in the World Happiness Report. But why?
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Polish Expressions That Improve Your Cross-Cultural Communication

Idioms and expressions often reflect a country’s unique culture, and Poland is no exception.

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