Barcelona, Spain

5 Facts About Barcelona:

1. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, an autonomous community of Spain that consists of four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona.

2. Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers. Winter temperatures range from 39 to 63 °F, compared to summertime temperatures between73 to 90 °F. Frosts and snow are rare.

3. There are two stories about the founding of Barcelona. One version claims the city was founded by Hercules, 400 years before the building of Rome.

4. Gaudi is best-known for the immense, iconic but still unfinished Sagrada Família cathedral, which has been under construction since 1882.

5. Flamenco is not popular in Barcelona as it is in other parts of Spain. There is a strong contemporary rock-n-roll scene with some night clubs in Barcelona open until 6 am on weekends.

Hong Kong 🇭🇰

5 facts about Hong Kong:

1. Hong Kong is among the richest cities in the world. It has more Rolls Royce per person than any other region in the globe.

2. The name of the city is a Cantonese phrase that translates to fragrance harbor.

3. The city has the highest number of skyscrapers in the world.

4. The city is known to have the largest fleet of ferries in the world transporting people and goods to Macau and various Chinese cities.

5. The city is famous for producing some of the best Kung Fu movies and actors including Jacky Chan and Bruce Lee.

Evelin Tsys
Evelin Tsys
9 april

Hong Kong, China

5 Facts about Hong Kong:

1. There are no restrictions in Hong Kong on selling alcohol to minors.

2. Not only does Hong Kong have gigabit internet, but they have it for $26 a month.

3. You can get married at the McDonalds in Hong Kong. It includes a balloon wedding dress, balloon rings, venue, and of course, food by McDonalds. This costs about $2000 USD.

4. Less than 25% of Hong Kong island is urbanized. 40% of the island is reserved for parks and recreation and the rest is virgin forests.

5. Visitors to Hong Kong are only legally allowed to bring in 19 cigarettes, not packs.

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Evelin Tsys
8 april

Kenya

Kenya’s main exports include herbs and tea. They also produce a substantial amount of oil, but most of it is used within their country, or exported to some of the neighboring countries.

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Evelin Tsys
13 february

Tokyo, Japan

3 Facts About Tokyo:

  • The cherry blossom is the national symbol of Japan. In April, the trees flower for two weeks, during a period known as “Hanami.”
  • Tokyo is the largest metropolitan area in the world, hosting over 36 million people spread over three prefectures.
  • Tokyo was formerly known as “Edo” in the 20th century. The name was changed to Tokyo in 1890 in light of the Meiji Restoration.

Photos by André Josselin.

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Evelin Tsys
30 january

Greece

5 Facts About Greece:

The official name of Greece is the Hellenic Republic.

The capital and largest city in Greece is Athens. Other major cities include Thessaloniki, Patras and Heraklion.

Greece is a developed country with a high standard of living. Important industries include the service sector, agriculture and tourism.

Greece features thousands of islands, including destinations such as Santorini and Mykonos.

Greece is one of the most mountainous countries in Europe.

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Evelin Tsys
21 january

Ireland

5 Facts About Ireland:

1. Ireland is called Eire in Irish and is also known as the Republic of Ireland.

2. Ireland is called Eire in Irish and is also known as the Republic of Ireland.

3. Dublin is the capital of Ireland.

4. Louth is the smallest city in Ireland.

5. The longest place name in Ireland is Muckanaghederdauhaulia.

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Evelin Tsys
21 january

Ireland

Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle because of its lush rolling hills and vales of green. Poet William Drennan is thought to be the first to use the phrase in print, in his poem When Erin First Rose.

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Evelin Tsys
11 january

New Zealand

5 Interesting Facts About New Zealand

  • The clearest lake in the world is Nelson’s Blue Lake, with a visibility of up to 80 meters deep.
  • Wellington is the southernmost capital in the world.
  • New Zealand became the first country to give women the right to vote in 1893.
  • For such a small looking country, New Zealand has the 9th longest coastline in the world, with a length of 15,134 km.
  • In 1990, New Zealand became the first country in the modern world to appoint an Official National Wizard.
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Evelin Tsys
14 december 2018

London, Great Britain

3 Facts About London

  • The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree comes all the way from Norway. To show their gratitude to the people of England for their alliance in World War II, the people of Oslo, Norway, present London with the Christmas tree proudly displayed in Trafalgar Square every year.
  • The iconic clock tower isn't called Big Ben. One of London's most famous landmarks operates under a false identity - its real name is simply The Clock Tower. Big Ben is the name of the bell within.
  • There are around 20 subterranean rivers flowing beneath London's streets.
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Evelin Tsys
9 december 2018

Norway

4 Interesting Facts about Norway

  • The name “Norway” means “path to the North”.
  • Norway is the world’s largest exporter of salmon.
  • A saying in Norway: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing”. Most Scandinavian and Baltic countries have adopted that rule as well.
  • Women in Norway get 44 weeks of fully paid maternity leave and men get 6 weeks of full paid paternity leave.
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Evelin Tsys
21 november 2018

Colorado

4 Facts about Colorado:
1. Colorado is a western state in the Rocky Mountains region of the United States.
2. It is bordered by Wyoming to the north, Nebraska to the northeast, Kansas to the east, Oklahoma to the southeast, New Mexico to the south, Utah to the west, and touches Arizona to the southwest at the Four Corners.
3. The geography of Colorado is diverse, encompassing both rugged mountainous terrain, vast plains, desert lands, desert canyons, and mesas.
4. Located at the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the average elevation in Colorado is the highest of any U.S. State.

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Evelin Tsys
21 november 2018

Hong Kong

3 Interesting facts about Hong Kong:
1. The name 'Hong Kong' is Cantonese for 'fragrance harbor'.
2. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region consists of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories, and several other smaller islands.
3. The Hong Kong's Peak Tram became the first rail tram in Asia in 1888. About 11,000 people ride the tram every day translating into 4 million people annually.
4. The main languages (official) spoken in Hong Kong are Chinese Cantonese and English.

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Evelin Tsys
20 november 2018

Canada

5 facts about Canada:

1. Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world at 151,600 miles.

2. Its population density is 8.6 people per square mile, making Canada the ninth-most sparsely populated nation in the world.

3. Canada is known as the home of large animals like the moose and grizzly bear, but it is also home to about 55,000 species of insects and about 11,000 species of mites and spiders.

4. Canada is a major producer and consumer of cheese. In 1997, Canadians produced 350,000 tons of at least 32 varieties of cheese and ate an average of 23.4 pounds per person, with cheddar being the most popular.

5. Canada contains 9% of the world's renewable water supply.

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Evelin Tsys
19 november 2018