Pakistan

Pakistan

Having been conquered over the millennia by a large number of empires and dynasties, it’s not surprising that Pakistan today is both a nuclear weapons power and in possession of the 6th largest standing army in the world. When we get past the politics, every country is made up of people like you and me who love family and friends, love to eat, hang out, meet new people, and enjoy life. The first video below was a joy to watch because it exemplifies my deeply held belief that at heart, we are all the same. If only some of the tough outer crust could just disappear at times, we would be freer to enjoy other cultures more.

Here is a joyful, 3-minute video about Pakistan. Here is an exuberant 10-minute video all about why the vlogger loves Pakistan. Here’s a 5-minute video featuring a popular Pakistani song.

FunFacts about Pakistan: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: Pakistan is a country in South Asia. It is the world’s sixth-most populous country with a population exceeding 212,742,631 people. In area, it is the 33rd-largest country, spanning 881,913 square kilometres (340,509 square miles). Pakistan has a 1,046-kilometre (650-mile) coastline along the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman in the south and is bordered by India to the east, Afghanistan to the west, Iran to the southwest, and China in the far northeast. (Source)
  • The name, Pakistan, means ‘land of the pure’.
  • Pakistan was home to several ancient cultures.
  • Pakistan’s geography and climate are extremely diverse from the Arabian Sea in the south, to the Thar Desert in the east, the Indus River Plateau, to the Karakoram Mountains in the north. The climate varies from tropical to temperate.
  • Over the millennia, Pakistan has been ruled by a number of empires and dynasties including the Mongols, Alexander the III and the British Empire.
  • Pakistan has the 6th largest standing army in the world and is a nuclear power.
  • Pakistan has a semi-industrialized economy.
  • Some of the problems Pakistan faces are over-population, illiteracy and terrorism.
  • The rare snow leopard can be found in Pakistan.

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Mohatta Palace – Beautiful Landmark in Clifton Karachi, Pakistan – 06/02/2011 Deposit Photos

Vegetable market at night in saddar bazaar, Karachi, Pakistan 15/03/2013 Deposit Photos

Pakistani local buses. Deposit Photos

City of Karachi, Pakistan, port area Deposit Photos

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The Karakoram

The Karakoram

Also called the Karakorum, the mountain range known as the Karakoram is one of the tallest in the world with the most glaciers beyond the polar regions. The name is from the Turkic word for ‘black gravel’. The Karakoram has some of the highest peaks in the world, one of which has claimed more mountaineering lives than any other. The scenery is breathtaking in an area of the world that is a crossroads of Pakistan, India and China. The photos below are mostly from the Pakistan portion of the range.

This is a 2-minute video that is a good introduction to the Karakoram Mountains, though it cuts off abruptly. Still worth a look. This 9-minute video, though created by a tour company, provides terrific visuals and information about the Karakoram. If roads fascinate you, this 3-minute video about the ‘aerial’ engineering feat called the Karakoram Highway, will be your cup of tea.

FunFacts about the Karakoram: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: The Karakoram or Karakorum is a large mountain range spanning the borders of Pakistan, India, and China, with the northwest extremity of the range extending to Afghanistan and Tajikistan. It begins in the Wakhan Corridor (Afghanistan) in the west and encompasses the majority of Gilgit–Baltistan (Pakistan) and extends into Ladakh (India), and the disputed Aksai Chin region controlled by China. (Source)
  • The Karakoram is the second tallest mountain range in the world. Quote: The Karakoram has eight summits over 7,500 m (24,600 ft) height, with four of them exceeding 8,000 m (26,000 ft). (Source)
  • The Karakoram is part of the group of ranges that includes the Hindu Kush, the Pamir Mountains and the Himalayan Mountains.
  • The Karakoram is the most heavily glaciated range outside of the polar regions.
  • The Karakoram is 311 miles long or 500 km.
  • Karakoram is a Turkic word that means black gravel.
  • Rudyard Kipling referred to the Karakoram mountains in his novel, Kim, published in 1900.

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Marmots

Marmots

Often reaching the size of house cats, marmots are one of the larger rodents. They are members of the squirrel family and have an unusual, high-pitched cry often used to sound the alarm when predators, like bald eagles, are nearby. Many marmots prefer alpine and mountainous areas, while others prefer grasslands. The groundhog is a marmot.

Here’s a 2-minute video of two young marmots playing. The mother calls to them later to warn them of danger. This is a fascinating, 20-second video of a marmot on a fence ‘screaming’. It’s really just a high-pitched cry. Here is an excellent 3-minute video that features the marmots of the Olympic National Park in Washington State.

FunFacts about Marmots: (Source)   

  • A marmot is a type of large squirrel.
  • The squirrel family is quite large and includes: tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots (including woodchucks), flying squirrels, and prairie dogs amongst other rodents.
  • The groundhog is a marmot.
  • Basic Information, quote: Marmots are large squirrels in the genus Marmota, with 15 species. Some species live in mountainous areas, such as the Alps, northern Apennines, Carpathians, Tatras, and Pyrenees in Europe; northwestern Asia; the Rocky Mountains, Black Hills, the Cascade and Pacific Ranges, and the Sierra Nevada in North America; and the Deosai Plateau in Pakistan and Ladakh in India. Other species prefer rough grassland and can be found widely across North America and the Eurasian Steppe. (Source)
  • The familiar North American prairie dog is not a marmot but is a related species called Cynomys.
  • Marmots prefer to live in burrows especially in rock piles.
  • Marmots hibernate in their burrows through the winter.
  • Marmots eat mostly greens like grasses, but will eat lichen, roots, flowers and berries as well.

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Tunisia

Tunisia

With golden beaches, mountains, the Sahara Desert, and fine olive-growing plains, Tunisia is a geographically diverse country. 98% of the population is Arabic with a Berber history. The language is officially Arabic but a Tunisian form of the language, called Tounsi, is spoken as the national vernacular version. 64% of the population also speaks French which harkens back to Tunisia as a French protectorate in a prior era. Tunisia is the northernmost African nation with close ties to the entire Mediterranean region.

Here is a 1-hour video of traditional Tunisian folk music. Here is a 4-minute video on making Tunisian Couscous. This 3-minute video showcases 5 places to visit in Tunisia. If it’s to your taste, this video starts a playlist of modern Tunisian music. I’m always fascinated to hear the influence of popular music in the traditional sound of various cultures.

FunFacts about Tunisia: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Tunisia (officially the Republic of Tunisia) is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa, covering 165,000 square kilometres (64,000 square miles). Its northernmost point, Cape Angela, is the northernmost point on the African continent. It is bordered by Algeria to the west and southwest, Libya to the southeast, and the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east. Tunisia’s population was estimated to be 11.783 million in 2019. (Source)
  • Tunisia’s name comes from its capital city, Tunis.
  • The eastern end of the Atlas Mountains is in Tunisia.
  • The northern reaches of the Sahara Desert are also in Tunisia.
  • Tunisia is considered the only fully-democratic sovereign state in the Arab world.
  • Historically, Tunisia was inhabited by Berbers.
  • Tunisia is a major, non-NATO ally of the U.S.
  • Tunisia was a French Protectorate in the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Tunisia has a varied geography, from coastal-Mediterranean, to mountains, to desert, and a fertile coastal plain called the Sahel which is a premier olive-cultivation region.
  • Tunisia has an export-oriented economy.
  • The ancient ruins of Carthage are in Tunisia.
  • Tunisia is known for its golden beaches.
  • Arabic is the official language of Tunisia. 64% of the population speaks French.

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Couscous

Couscous

I love learning the history of things. In this case, what enchants me about couscous is that traditionally women would gather together to make the wheat-based granules for couscous. It was a social time of connection while preparing food which reminds me of our recent holiday season and having my daughter in the kitchen with me as we prepared our Christmas dinner. Good food, time together to chat, share stories, a little gossip maybe a glass of wine. You can read more below how the couscous was made by hand.

Here’s a 4-minute video featuring Martha Stewart and a Moroccan chef making couscous. Here’s an awesome 2-minute recipe for making lemon and herb couscous salad. Here’s a 3-minute video for making chicken and couscous.

FunFacts about Couscous: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: Couscous is a Maghrebi dish of small (about 3 millimetres (0.12 in) diameter) steamed balls of crushed durum wheat semolina that is traditionally served with a stew spooned on top. Pearl millet and sorghum especially in the Sahel and other cereals can be cooked in a similar way and the resulting dishes are also sometimes called couscous. (Source)
  • Couscous is an important food throughout North Africa in the following countries: Morocco, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia and Mauritania.
  • In European markets, it’s often solid in instant form with flavor packets.
  • Couscous can be served as a main or side dish.
  • The Berbers were known to eat couscous as early as the 7th century.
  • Tunisia is part of the Maghreb region of North Africa. In Europe, this region was known as the Barbary Coast.
  • Here’s the traditional method of making the couscous wheat product, quote: Couscous was traditionally made from the hard part of the durum, the part of the grain that resisted the grinding of the millstone. The semolina is sprinkled with water and rolled with the hands to form small pellets, sprinkled with dry flour to keep them separate, and then sieved. Any pellets that are too small to be finished granules of couscous fall through the sieve and are again rolled and sprinkled with dry semolina and rolled into pellets. This labor-intensive process continues until all the semolina has been formed into tiny granules of couscous. (Source)
  • Traditionally, women would gather together to make couscous granules, letting them dry in the sun afterward.
  • Couscous is generally served with carrots, potatoes and turnips, cooked in a spicy or mild broth or stew and sometimes served with lamb, chicken, fish and occasionally with camel meat.
  • In Egypt, couscous is often served sweetened with fruit as a dessert.
  • Couscous is also enjoyed as a main dish in France, Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal.

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Serval Wild Cat

Serval Wild Cat

The next three blogs feature interesting aspects of the North African country of Tunisia. In recent years, the serval wild cat has been reintroduced to Tunisia. They are an amazing species that can stun and kill a king cobra snake. A serval is a top rodent hunter/eater and will hunt and devour anywhere from three to four thousand rodents a year. They are excellent hunters and will succeed with an average of every second attempt.

The serval wild cat is a medium-sized cat that can weigh up to 40 pounds. It is known for its smallish head and large ears which gives it a slightly odd but distinctive look. The serval is not an endangered cat and is found mostly in southern Africa.

This is an excellent 5-minute video on the serval wild cat. This 3-minute video explains why a serval does not make a good pet. Very interesting. This 2-minute video, with lots of slow-motion footage, shows a serval facing off with a snake. 

FunFacts about the Serval Wild Cat: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The serval (Leptailurus serval) is a wild cat native to Africa. It is rare in North Africa and the Sahel, but widespread in sub-Saharan countries except rainforest regions. It is the sole member of the genus Leptailurus and was first described by German naturalist Johann von Schreber in 1776. There are three recognized subspecies of the serval cat. (Source)
  • The serval is a slender, medium sized wild cat that weighs anywhere from 20-40 lbs. (9–18 kg).
  • The serval wild cat has a smallish head which gives it an odd appearance.
  • It also has rather large ears.
  • The coat of the serval wild cat is a golden-yellow to buff, spotted with black and also striped with black.
  • The serval wild cat also has a short, black-tipped tail.
  • Relative to its body size, the serval has very long legs compared to all other big cats.
  • The serval wild cat is active in both the daytime and at night.
  • It kills prey by leaping a distance of 6-7 feet and landing on the small animals with its front paws. It preys on small birds, rodents, insects, frogs and other reptiles.
  • The serval prefers a savanna or wetland environment, especially with tall reeds.
  • Hunting of serval wild cats is heavily restricted.
  • The serval has been reintroduced into Tunisia. Otherwise, in North Africa, it is only found in Morocco. 
  • Its big ears allow it to hear extremely well in order to detect the small prey it hunts.

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Serval (Leptailurus serval), a wild cat native to Africa. Deposit Photos.

Serval Wild Cat in the African savanna. Deposit Photos.

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Yorkshire

Yorkshire

The home of the famous Bronte sisters, of Yorkshire pudding and the birthplace of the Yorkshire Terrier, the county of Yorkshire in England is a place of significant history. It’s also a land of beautiful valleys and rolling hills as well as wild moors covered with heather. It’s a region that blends diverse cultures from over the last two-thousand years, from Celts to Romans, Angles to Vikings, and finally to the Normans.

Here is Rick Steves’s 5-Minute video all about the city of York. This is a fun, 1-minute video on the Yorkshire accent. Here’s a gorgeous, 3-minute video featuring the Yorkshire Dales.

FunFacts about Yorkshire: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Yorkshire, formally known as the County of York, is a historic county of Northern England and the largest in the United Kingdom. Due to its great size in comparison to other English counties, functions have been undertaken over time by its subdivisions, which have also been subject to periodic reform. Throughout these changes, Yorkshire has continued to be recognised as a geographical territory and cultural region. The name…also features in the titles of current areas of civil administration such as North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire. (Source)
  • Yorkshire’s nickname: God’s own country.
  • Yorkshire is the home of two main vast unspoiled stretches of countryside called the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales.
  • The emblem of Yorkshire is the white rose of the English royal House of York.
  • Earlier inhabitants of York were Celtic, specifically the Brigantes and Parisi tribes.
  • Historically, Yorkshire was divided into three ‘ridings’. The term is of Viking origin. These were East Riding, West Riding and North Riding.
  • The city of Leeds is Yorkshire’s largest city with a population of about 750,000.
  • The Great North Road, also called the A1, passes through the middle of the county and connects the south of England with Scotland.
  • Yorkshire was impacted culturally by the Celts, Romans, Angles, Vikings, and Normans.
  • There are many castles in Yorkshire, significant public buildings and historically important homes.
  • The most well-known and esteemed literary figures from Yorkshire are the famous Bronte sisters.

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Yorkshire Pudding

Yorkshire Pudding

After watching all three videos, one of the keys to making the perfect Yorkshire pudding is to have the baking tin already heated with a fat that is just starting to smoke. The batter is then poured in and sizzles on the counter. If you’ve made your batter right, you cook up the pudding for another 20 minutes, the individual puddings rise to the perfect 4-inch height and voila: Yorkshire pudding!

Here is Jamie Oliver’s 5-minute video on making perfect Yorkshire puddings. He also shows how to turn them into an appetizer with salmon, dip and dill. Here’s Gordon Ramsay’s 2-minute video for ‘Nan’s’ perfect Yorkshire pudding.  Finally, here’s a third version, a 1-minute video on making the perfect Yorkshire pudding.

FunFacts about Yorkshire Pudding: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: Yorkshire pudding is a common English side dish consisting of a baked pudding made from batter consisting of eggs, flour, and milk or water. It is a versatile food that can be served in numerous ways depending on the choice of ingredients, the size of the pudding and the accompanying components of the dish. As a first course it can be served with onion gravy. For a main course it is often served with beef and gravy and is part of the traditional Sunday roast, but can also be filled with foods such as bangers and mash to make a meal. (Source)
  • Yorkshire pudding was originally called a ‘dripping’ pudding. It came into existence when wheat flour became common in kitchens and pans were put under a roast turned on a spit. The drippings would go into the pan. Someone got the idea of adding a pancake-like batter into the pan and the result was a savory ‘pudding’ that caught the drippings.
  • Yorkshire pudding was featured in a cookbook from 1737 called, The Whole Duty of A Woman. Here’s the excerpt, quote: Make a good batter as for pancakes; put in a hot toss-pan over the fire with a bit of butter to fry the bottom a little then put the pan and butter under a shoulder of mutton, instead of a dripping pan, keeping frequently shaking it by the handle and it will be light and savoury, and fit to take up when your mutton is enough; then turn it in a dish and serve it hot. (Source)
  • Some think a Yorkshire pudding isn’t a ‘true’ Yorkshire pudding unless it’s 4 inches tall.
  • Since 2007, National Yorkshire Pudding Day has been celebrated in the UK the first Sunday in February.
  • October 13th is National Yorkshire Pudding Day in the U.S.

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Traditional English plated roast beef dinner. Photo from Deposit Photos.

Yorkshire puddings stuffed with sausages and vegetables close-up on the table. horizontal. Photo from Deposit Photos.

Cooked Breakfast: Yorkshire pudding, apple jam with almonds, a cup of tea and a napkin on a blue wooden table. Photo from Deposit Photos.

Freshly cooked Yorkshire Puddings for a Sunday roast dinner. British, English cuisine. Photo from Deposit Photos.

Freshly cooked Yorkshire Puddings for a Sunday roast dinner. Photo from Deposit Photos.

Traditional English Yorkshire puddings made from batter in a baking tray waiting to accompany a meal of roast beef. Photo from Deposit Photos.

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