Mini Guide to Indonesia

Baliem Valley Festival

The Papua people Baliem Valley Festival takes place in August and it’s a mock war between local tribes as they believe it brings fertility and prosperity. 20 tribes of 30 to 50 warriors wear traditional clothing and dance to Papua music, called Piton, play local games, and even enjoy pig racing.

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Pasola War Ritual

The Pasola is an Indonesian Jousting Festival. It usually takes place in February or March on the Sumba Island in East Nusa Tenggara. During the tournament, opposing teams try to unseat the opponents off their horses using blunt spears. It’s thought that the “war” was invented to dispute settlements in a peaceful way.

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People and Culture

It’s hard to define Indonesian culture as one that encompasses the entire country given how diverse the population is; however, they all share a palpable spirituality and it’s important to respect their religious beliefs. The people are friendly and polite, and like other Asian countries, shoes should be left outside temples and houses, and food is eaten with the right hand. It’s also not OK to point at someone with a finger, and it’s best to use a thumb or an open palm. Lastly, standing with arms crossed or on the hips is a sign of anger and hostility.

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The Best Flower Displays in the World

Flowers are one of the most beautiful objects in nature — their bright faces remind us of sunshine and warm weather, and their perfume can help us recall specific memories that all our other senses have forgotten. While many of us strive to make our home the perfect outdoor oasis, others focus on spectacular displays of flowers that can only be found in a small number of places. We’ve scoured the globe for some of the most beautiful flower displays open to the public. If you’re a fan of beautiful flowers both cultivated and wild, check this list out.

Lights Out: Abandoned American Drive-Ins

The first drive-in movie theater was opened in the United States in 1915. This innovation marked yet another step in the American entertainment industry. For the first time ever, families could see a movie together without having to get out of their car. Although for a time, drive-in movie theaters were popular all over the United States, with almost a thousand open during their heyday in the 1950s and 60s, the rise of the luxurious multiplex drove most American drive-ins out of business.

Mini Guide to South Africa

South Africa is the southernmost country in the African continent with a population of approximately 56 million people (24th most populous nation). It has a coastline of nearly 2,800 kilometers being part of both the Indian and Atlantic Ocean. It has a difficult history of racial segregation (apartheid) and massive inequality, despite having the seventh…