Separate cold and hot taps still exist in South Africa, despite the fact single water taps were invented in 1880. In South Africa, handwashing choices are limited. Warm is not an option! These faucets are also found in English sinks.
Dual taps are a remnant of British influence, not the fault of South Africans. Besides inefficient plumbing in common, the two nations share a love of sports. At first, the British set their sights on South Africa for trade purposes. But after diamonds were found there in 1860, the empire’s interests peaked.
In the Meantime in Vatican City
Yes, Vatican City is a country. It’s the smallest country in the world with barely a two-mile border with Italy. The Vatican monarchy has Benito Mussolini to thank for its sovereignty, the fascist leader signed the order in 1929. Bodyguards surrounding the Pope have very specific requirements.
They must be Catholics from Switzerland and at least 5’ 8” tall. But no one can protect the Pope from gusts of wind. Perhaps divine intervention will come to the rescue? It’s covering his face! The Holy Spirit? Anyone?
In the Meantime in Belize
Located at the most southern end of Mexico in Central America, and with tropical shores lapping up Caribbean waves, it is a paradise to see. Belize is small and one of the world’s least populated countries, but people have lived there for a long time.
There are 600 of the best Mayan ruins in Belize. Local signs are part of the fun. This one entreats tourists to drive slowly. To make it clear, it points out that Belize has two cemeteries and no hospitals. One cemetery for speeding tourists and one for locals?
In the Meantime in Mongolia
A large percentage of people in Mongolia live as nomadic herders. It’s not an occupation for the weak of heart. These folk cross frozen landscapes, including lakes, sea ice, and rivers, escorting a variety of herding animals. Yaks, horses, goats, sheep, and reindeer are sometimes stubborn and try to escape.
What have you done that could compare? These people will pull your man card in a second! The chase can be hilarious, but the nomads always win. Mongolians always finish the journey by taking the entire herd to better grazing lands.
In the Meantime in Austria
In Austria, the hills are alive with the sound of music. That is all we know, learned by watching the musical of the same name. Echoing around said hills is yodeling, a unique type of singing accompanied by these very long Alpine horns.
The yodel started out as a means of communication by shepherds. If an animal wandered off, a special yodel would announce it. There were hundreds of different yodels known to Austrian villages but most of them are lost to time. What about those horns? How are they transported? Roof rack?