In Italy, writes Chris Watts, Saint Nick plays second fiddle to La Befana, the Christmas Hag. Just don’t call her a witch.
EthnoTraveler writers have published essays on food from China, Turkey, Peru, Tunisia, France, Israel, Djibouti, and even North Korea. Here is a selection of some of our favorites.
When, asks writer Rachel Pieh Jones, is it rude for a foreigner to refuse a drink? “My way has always been to say yes, to fried camel hump, rancid butter, syrupy drinks. But am I still foreign? Does time erase the pressure to comply?”
Rachel Pieh Jones takes to the streets of Hargeisa on foot. “I was aware of everything from harmonicas to screeching tires, who was behind us, who was in front of us, who was talking. Was the woman right?”
After a long winter, Tara Thomas goes hunting for spring flowers in the Netherlands: “It was cold. The wind cut right through my windbreaker and chilled my heart. My favorite flowers were nowhere to be found.”
Chris Watts searches for the Jarawa people, in the Andaman Islands: “There were warnings about taking pictures. In 2015, some Brits had posted video online. As a result, officials had closed the road for months.”