Art, Food, Fashion.. Everyone Can Find His Passion in Milano

By Irene Colombo, Italy.

“Charming” is the best way to describe Milan: a metropolitan city, the capital of fashion, a wonderful place to admire the neoclassic architecture and the best city to taste typical Italian food. Milan is a big city situated in northern Italy, county seat of the region of Lombardy. It is the second most populated city in Italy with more than 1.3 million citizens. It is full of attractions and things to do for tourists as well as for local people.

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The city center is amazing and, if you are an art lover, you must come and visit it. You can see the “Duomo”, a huge Catholic cathedral built according to the Italian gothic style; it took more than six centuries to complete the church and lots of famous architects and painters like Leonardo da Vinci and Donato Bramante contributed. The Dome is open almost every day and you can go inside and admire the beautiful columns and the altar and, if you want, you can also take the elevator to go on the roof and enjoy the view of the city and to look at the so called “Madonnina”, a golden statue of Maria situated on the top of the church. A curiosity about the Dome is that above the altar there is a little box which contains one of the nails with which Jesus was crucified.

Another wonderful example of inspiring architecture is represented by the “Galleria Vittorio Emanuele”, a covered passage built in the 19th century to connect the Dome Square with the famous “Teatro Alla Scala”, one of the first theatres built in Italy and one of the most well-known theatres in the world.

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Italian food is renowned all over the world and if you have a good appetite, Milano is the perfect place for you. There are lots of good restaurants in every corner, some of them are quite cheap while others are expensive, but believe, me they are definitely worth it! A really good area where you can find restaurants, but also clubs and bars that have happy hours every day or where you can hang out at night, is “Milano Navigli”. It is a zone situated a little bit outside of the downtown center, but it is really easy to reach, even with public transportation. This area takes the name from the canal that passes through it and it is a really typical part of the city.

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This beautiful city is also known as the capital of fashion. Everyone wants to go there to go shopping because a lot of famous designers are Italian and they all have their boutiques there; it is also easy to see models walking around the city. The best places where you can go shopping are “Via Vittorio Emanuele” and “Via Montenapoleone”.

Every year in the beginning of October we have “Fashion Week”. During this period, there are parades everywhere all over the city and lots of stars and famous people come to Italy to join the event. I personally love the Fashion Week because, if you walk around in the streets, you can feel that there is a special atmosphere and in particular there is one night, the Vogue Fashion Night Out (VFNO), where all the shops are opened until midnight and there are “fashion” parties in the nightclubs.

As I showed you, Milan is a really beautiful city. There are lots of people living there and sometimes life can be a little bit chaotic, but I love the fact that I live in a city that has every kind of attraction. There are friendly people, amazing shops, delicious food and such a lively nightlife; so if you come to Italy, you need to stop in this city and enjoy all the experiences that it offers!

Healthy Japanese Food

By Haruka Toyoda, Japan

Japanese can live longer than the other nationalities. Actually, we have research.It says the average lifespan for Japanese men is 80.79 years and for Japanese women is 87.05 years.This could be the longest lifespan around the world. Why can we live so long? Because we eat healthy Japanese food which is an intangible cultural heritage.

First, I want to introduce the structure of Japanese healthy food.We always have 4 kinds of foods. It called ‘1 zyuu 3 sai.’ That means soup, rice, one main dish and two small side dishes. To tell the truth, we don’t count rice.This photo is the typical breakfast.There is soup, 1 main dish(fish),2 side dishes(egg and green one) and rice.If you eat this, you can get all nutrients you need.This soup is called miso soup which is made of soy so also this is healthy.
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Next, I’ll introduce SUSHI.This is the most famous Japanese food around the world.Our country is surrounded by the sea.So we eat fresh fish.Most of Japanese like this. Actually, real sushi doesn’t have avocado.It’s rare to see sushi with avocado in Japan and I have never seen a California roll in Japan.But I like this kind of sushi.

Finally, I want to tell you about Okinawa where the person who had the longest lifespan lived.Okinawa is located in the western  Japan.It has a  beautiful ocean and delicious food.The most famous food is called  Goya.It tastes bitter but it contains a lot of Vitamin C.The weather is warm through the year.And old people normally work at their own farm and grow vegetables.The secret to living a long time is to be active and eat healthy food.

Let’s eat Healthy Japanese Food!

 

7 German Foods You Have To Try

By Kira Maria Wasserthal, Germany

My name is Kira. I’m from Germany. I have lived there since I was born for 19 years. I’m really into German food because it’s so delicious and multifunctional. So I think everyone should know something about our really good food.

  1. Pretzel

In Ge1rman you don’t say “Pretzel” you say “Bretzel” with a long “e”.

A Pretzel is a type of baked bread product made from dough most commonly shaped into a twisted knot. It also has salt on it. Salt is an important part of the Pretzel because with salt it tastes way better than without.

      2.Käsespätzle

Käsespätzle is my favori2te food here in Germany. Käsespätzle are a kind of soft egg noodle scalloped with cheese. You also put fried onions on it. This tastes so good!

For really good flavor you have to make the noodles by hand. It’s really easy.

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3. Sauerkraut

“Sauerkraut is finely cut cabbage that has been fermented by various lactic acid bacteria. It has a long shelf life and a distinctive sour flavor, both of which result from the lactic acid that forms when the bacteria ferment the sugars in the cabbage.” This is the definition of Sauerkr6.aut from Wikipedia.

But I have to say that Sauerkraut isn’t really good food for everybody. To be honest I don’t really like it because I just don’t like the taste of it. But some people really love it. So you have to choose for yourself!

      4. Weisswurst

Weisswurst is typical Bavarian food. In the part of Germany where I live (Hessen), it’s not as common to eat Weisswurst like it is in Bavaria. But when I go to Munich (it’s the capital of Bavaria) I always e7.at it because it’s soo good!

I would say Weisswurst is similar to the normal Bratwurst (sausage in English) because the form is the nearly the same, but it looks different. In the image below you can see how a sausage looks if you have never seen one before:

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Weisswuerste are usually eaten as a mid-morning snack. They are made fresh every morning. It has a really mild taste. That’s why it’s also really popular for children.

5.Fleischkäse

The next one is “Fleischkäse”. You can also say “Leberkäse”. It consists of corned beef, pork and bacon a9.nd is made by grinding the ingredients very finely and then baking it as a loaf in a bread pan until it has a crunchy brown crust. You can also eat it with bread. I always eat it like this at school. It’s way better!

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    6. Schnitzel

Schnitzel is also a really typical food in Germany. Even though it’s originally from Austria (Wiener Schnitzel) it’s still popular in Germany. In every part of Germany!

German people often eat this with fries or with mashed potatoes. Some people ea11t Schnitzel without any dip. Some eat it with ketchup. It depends on your taste.

You can also eat your Schnitzel with different kind of sauces like cream sauce (then it’s called Rahmschnitzel) or mushroom sauce (then it’s called Jaegerschnitzel) and so on.  There are many different options.

      7. Schweinshaxe

A “Schweinshaxe” is a roasted ham hock. “The ham hock is the end of the pig’s leg, just above the 12ankle and below the meaty ham portion”.

It is especially popular in Bavaria! In my part of Germany it’s called “Eisbein”.
You can eat Schweinshaxe with “Knödel” or Sauerkraut.
Here you can see Knödel:

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Tłusty czwartek (Fat Thursday)

Katarzyna Golik, Poland

Tłusty czwartek (Fat Thursday) is a traditional Polish feast. It is celebrated on the last Thursday before Lent. Lent is time of fasting and restraint, so Fat Thursday is the last opportunity to feast before Easter. This day is dedicated to eating, meeting relatives and friends and celebrating together. Traditionally, the most popular dishes on that day are pączki and faworki.

Pączki

Pączki are traditional Polish pastries. They are deep-fried, made of dough and usually filled with jam or custard. There are many ways to decorate them, the most popular are glaze, powdered sugar and pieces or dried orange zest. It is believed pączki were created for practical reasons –  sugar, eggs and fruit were forbidden during the Lent, so people used up all the products left in order not to waste food.

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Faworki

Faworki (Angel wings) is the second most popular treat on Fat Thursday. They are deep-fried, crispy pastries made of dough, sprinkled with powdered sugar. They contain flour, water, many egg yolks, confectioners’ sugar, rum, vanilla and a very small amount of butter.

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On Fat Thursday many people wake up 3 hours earlier than usual in order to stand in line at their favourite bakery and buy delicious and fresh pastries. People compete with each other about the amount of eaten pączki. It is believed that those, who won’t eat any pączki during Fat Thursday will have bad luck.

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Today’s China

Chuwen Wang, China

 

China has been in the high speed development stage after entering the twenty-first century, but still there are a lot of foreigners who have the impression of China from twenty years ago or even longer. So I want to show something about today’s China.

Life in China today

Getting by without a wallet in China: Mobile innovation brings new experience.

Now people usually leave home without cash or credit card in China. They can do everything with their cellphone, such as eating and buying things. When you want to buy something, you just need to scan a QR code via your smartphone or the store scans your code to let you pay, and transferring money in this way can also be used between friends(but the money between friends doesn’t need to be scanned with a code. You can transfer money directly to friends in the app).

China’s bike share.

In order to give people more convenience, bike sharing provides a lot of help for Chinese people. You just need to scan a QR code on a bike via your smartphone. Then you can use the bike, and you can park your bike anywhere (don’t forget to lock the bike). Meanwhile we have many workers to check and repair bikes every day. If you find any bike is broken, you can tell the bike’s company via your phone when you are using it.

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High speed trains.

High speed trains, which travel at speeds of 250-350 km/h. Almost every city has these kinds of trains and there are also general trains for people to choose. So people have more choice to go places.

Chinese cities.

Most foreigners only know Beijing and Shanghai, but in my opinion, other Chinese cities also have different sceneries. Let me introduce some cities for you.

Chongqing, which is famous for spicy food. Even though their food is spicy, it’s really delicious. I advise that, if you go to China, you should go to see this city, especially the entire city at night, which view you will enjoy much better than you thought.

Xi’an, which is my hometown and this city used to be one of China’s ancient capitals. There’s one main attraction that many people know about–Xi’an is the city with TERRACOTTA WARRIORS. In addition, there is also a plenty of delicious food.

As we all know, China is a developing country, which also has a lot of problems we need to solve, but all of us in China believe that our country is improving and we just need time. If your impression is that China is like Chinatown in the U.S, I think you should go to China to see for yourself because China and Chinatown are completely different.

Finally, China will always welcome friends from all over the world.

iMADONNARI – ITALIAN STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL

By Romina Wicki, Switzerland

Beautiful street art, glorious atmosphere, delicious food and volunteer work to a benefit Children’s Creative Project; this is the iMadonnari Street Painting Festival. This festival is once a year and a really popular event for children and adults. In this article I will give you an impression of what this festival looks like.

 

At the Old Mission in Santa Barbarathe Madonnari (ital. street artist) festival took place for three days . The area in front of the Mission became during these days colorful by the work from street artists. Only with chalk the artists created beautiful pictures on the floor. The pictures are as different as the artists. Some of them are Christian figures but there are also nature impressions or portraits. This Italian festival is a benefit  project for the Children’s Creative Project, which is a nonprofit art education program. More than 50,000 children and over 100 schools are supported by this project.

 

Before the festival started, families, companies or a private person could buy a square for an artist. When you bought a square you had to find an artist. This artist started his artwork at the beginning of the Madonnari Street Painting Festival. The artists have time during the festival to finishing their work. With only the use of chalk, the artists accomplish beautiful street art. When the iMadonnari Festival is over; the artworks are still on the ground and disappear when it will rain the next time. It’s also really interesting to visit the Mission after the Street Paining Festival when there aren’t so many people. So you can enjoy the artworks at rest.

 

During the festival a lot of people visit the Mission. It’s a really popular event in Santa Barbara and the near area. Adults and children visit this festival and enjoy their time. The atmosphere in front of the Mission is busy. People observe the artist, marvel the street art, discuss the impressive work, enjoy the good weather and spend time in the park next to the Mission.

Next to the Mission, you had also the possibility to engage the other senses. There was an authentic Italian market and supplies for the street art paintings. A lot of voluntary workers spoiled the visitors with delicious food. For the appetite there was a great choice of Italian food, drinks and desserts. You could enjoy pizzas, Italian sausage, seafood and gelato (Italian ice cream). So you could enjoy your meal in the park with local live music.


My impressions:
I was a voluntary worker at the Madonnari Festival and I really enjoyed the atmosphere. The people were in a good mood and the artwork was extremely impressive. It was a great experience and a lot of fun to volunteer with classmates and local people. This was a joyful day with some new and interesting impressions. I’m so happy that I was there.

 

Events in Santa Barbara

By Abdulmajeed ALfrayan.  Saudi Arabia

Santa Barbara- Parks& Recreation events:

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Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show

Is an event to enjoy your time to give your lives more experience. There are a lot of people selling new things and they’re made in home. You can go there with your family to see new things and learn new culture.

 

Relaxing under the sun:

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In this picture we can see the people sitting under the sun and enjoying the time. Here you can chat with everyone because it’s public and there are a lot of people who come for relaxing and enjoying themselves.

 

There are some small competitions for the kids:

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There is jogging contest for the kids and there are small gifts for the winners and the moms help their children like say good things to them while they running like “you can do it”, “you’re a hero”.

 

 

Firework in the park:

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There are fireworks at the end of the day and it’s so beautiful. Everyone on this day is waiting for this moment to say it because it’s a beautiful view from the park.

 

Party in the park.

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They make a small party in the park to have fun and enjoy in themselves. But this party dose not happen every year in this event so some time it’s there and sometimes not.

Get to know the Dutch

Anouk Slijkerman, the Netherlands.

Get to know the Dutch

Cheese, tulips and riding bicycles. This is what most people think of when they think about The Netherlands, but there is so much more to know about this small country with almost 17 million inhabitants. It’s a very successful country with a lot of history. The Netherlands has a lot of traditions most people never heard of and food that you can’t buy in any other country. Such as drop, stroopwafels and poffertjes.

Netherlands or Holland?
To begin with, I would like to tell the difference between the Netherlands and Holland. Most people are very confused by this. Sometimes when I say, I’m from the Netherlands people don’t immediately know what that is, but when I say Holland, almost everyone knows about the small country. So to explain this difference, we have to look at some history. The netherlands as we know nowadays came into existence after napoleon in 1830. The kingdom also included Belgium and Luxemburg. Later, Belgium and Luxemburg became independent countries. Nowadays, the Netherlands has 12 provinces. Groningen, Friesland, Drenthe, Overijssel, Flevoland, Gelderland, Utrecht, North-Holland, South-Holland, Zealand, North Brabant and Limburg. hollandSo, Holland is basically North-Holland and South-Holland combined. Holland was famous during the Dutch golden age, the 17th century, because of their many ships who tried to establish the trading routes. The Netherlands didn’t exist back then, so the sailors referred to their city state, South-Holland and North-Holland. So, Holland refer to the Netherlands as a synonym, but this is not true.  

Sinterklaas
Sinterklaas is a Dutch tradition for small children. Not every citizen likes this tradition, some people consider it as racist tradition because of ‘Zwarte Piet’.

The history of Sinterklaas starts in Turkey. Sint-Nicolaas (original name of Sinterklaas) was the bishop of Myra, a town in Turkey. Because of all the good deeds Nicolaas did, such as giving money to the poor, people professed him as a Saint. A lot of legends started to follow about this man and all his good deeds. So Sinterklaas is originally a Catholic tradition. Sinterklaas hassinterklaas helpers called Zwarte Piet. People aren’t sure where Zwarte Piet originally came from but there is a suggestion. People say that Sinterklaas  helped them from escaping slavery, and as an reward they kept helping Sinterklaas. Nowadays, Sinterklaas gives children presents on December 5th. Every year, he arrives in a big boat with his helpers in Holland. Mostly on November 11th. Children put their shoe under the fire place, and every once a week Zwarte Piet comes through the chimnpepernoteney to deliver a present in the shoe of the kid. Some people suggest that this is why Zwarte Piet is black. During Sinterklaas we eat pepernoten. Pepernoten stand for the money that Sinterklaas gave to the poor. They are small cookies made with dutch cookie species and a lot of sugar.

Koningsdag
King Day, or Koningsdag how the Dutch call it. This is a day where we celebrate the birthday of the King. Kingsday originally started as ‘prinsessendag’, princess day, which was the celebration of the birthday of princess Wilhelmina. This was on August 31th 1890. 5 Years later, when her daughter Juliana became queen, princess day became Queens Day and was hold on April 30th, the birthday of queen Juliana. Queen Juliana her daughter, who became queen in 1980 decided to keep Queensday on Juliana her birthday in honor to her mother. When King Willem-Alexander, the current king and son of Beatrix became king in 2013, he decided to change it to Kingsday and moved it to april 27th, his birthday.koningsdag.jpg

On Kingsday, most schools, stores and businesses are closed in The Netherlands, so everyone can celebrate the birthday of the king. In the morning, streets are covered with orange decoration and there’s a flea market on every street where people can sell their used stuff. People also play Dutch traditional games. One of the game is Koekhappen, Koekhappen is a game where people have to catch cake dangling from a string in their mouths. In the afternoon, there are big parties in every city and there are a lot of festival with famous DJ’s such as Martin Garrix and Armin van Buuren.

 

Dutch food
So this were 2 of the Dutch Holidays. Sinterklaas and Koningsdag. But what about the food? There are a lot of typical Dutch dishes. During winter the Dutch love to eat hot, home prepared meals for dinner. One of them is ‘hutspot’ (which can be roughly translated as “shaken pot”). The main ingredients are carrots, boiled and mashed potatoes and onions.  All the ingredients are mashed together and it’s mostly served with ‘rookworst’. Rookworst is a smoked sausage.hutspot

 

There are also Dutch sweets and cookies. Stroopwafel is the most popular kind of cookie in the county. Stroopwafel are two waffles glued together with caramel. The waffles get hard but the caramel stays soft. You can buy different types of them. You can buy fresh made ones on the market, but you can also buy them in the supermarket. You can even buy them at Publix, but these are way more expensive than the ones you can buy in the Dutch supermarket.stroopwafel

So I hope you learned a lot moreabout this small country. Are you planning on visiting this country? Come during koningsdag or Sinterklaas. And are you hungry? Go to a restaurant and ask for Hutspot with Rookworst. Maybe you can explain to a Dutch local what the difference is between Holland and the Netherlands. Because there are even people in the country self, who don’t know the difference. The next time you hear a person say, I’m from the Holland. You can ask them, North or South Holland. If they say an other part. Correct them and say no, you mean the Netherlands.

Santa Barbara Places, I Liked Most

Jasmin Hengartner, Switzerland

 

Most visited Place:Image result for state street santa barbara

Is State Street, you can buy there everything you want from clothes to food. I walk everyday across the State Street, but if you want to walk the hole street, you have to be sporty because its a long street. There is a little Passage called Paseo Nuevo, where are cute stores and many little restaurants. But State Street is a expensive street, if you want to safe money, you should probaply go to another one. I think the street is the most popular thing in Santa Barbara, because you can meet people and do a lot.

 

Most Beautiful Beach:

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Is Butterfly beach. He is a bit farer away than West Beach, but i think it is worth it. The water is very clearly and there is more sober sand. You have more space because there are not many people. I was there for two times and i loved it. In the wate you can see some small fishes, they are very cute.

 

Best Food:

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The best food is across the street from our EF school and called South Coast Deli. They serve sandwiches, paninis and many salads. All food is fresh and every student from EF is going there. I think because of the cheap prices and big sizes from the meals. So you dont have to be hungry anymore.