Beers from around the world

Beers from around the world

I love beer. I recently marked out a route for an InterRail trip which was based almost entirely on regional beer. The lad in me says “Quality! Wonder if I can fit in a cheeky Nando’s…” The adult in me suggests I might have a problem.

Coming-of-age rituals from around the world

Coming-of-age rituals from around the world

Here in England, we don’t really have any particular coming-of-age ceremonies. I guess our equivalent would be the newly-legal 18-year-olds going out to “paint the town red”. Of course, if they run out of paint, they tend to just go out and get drunk, which is fine too. Some cultures however take coming-of-age very seriously, from taking intentional self-injury to jumping over cattle. (Yes, seriously). Let’s take a look-see.

5 Spanish drinks you don’t get here

5 Spanish drinks you don’t get here

Let’s talk about Spanish drinks, shall we? No, not sangria. I’m not sure if anyone actually drinks sangria in Spain. I’ve never seen it being drunk by anyone other than tourists, but if you know different, let me know!

Throat singing: What it is and how to do it

Throat singing: What it is and how to do it

Last Sunday I watched Joanna Lumley’s ‘Trans-Siberian Adventure’ on ITV (it will come as no surprise that I love a travel program, will it?) And I have now decided that I will do away with my next holiday to Spain and go to Mongolia instead. It looks amazing. I was particularly enamoured, though, with the Mongolian throat singing I saw.

Peacock spider: The teeny-tiny multicoloured spider

Peacock spider: The teeny-tiny multicoloured spider

Say hello to my little friend! Quite literally… The Maratus volans is a species in the jumping spider family which belongs to the peacock spider genus. These spiders are so small they can barely be seen on a finger nail! As people say, small things come in big packages, which is certainly the case for this little guy.