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"24.10.2016 13:47:06" blog.insureandgo.com Amazing Animal Migrations From Around The World "Each year, Christmas Island, #Australia, is covered in a seething mass of red crabs. More than 120 million of them. They all arrive at the same time and cross the island in order to lay their eggs."
"06.10.2016 14:26:58" blog.insureandgo.com The Island That Used Giant Stone Doughnuts For Money "As you can imagine, people didn't tend to bother moving these heavy stone discs once they'd arrived (some of the largest would take 20 men to lift), so islanders simply kept track of who owned what stone, and this would allow the owner to trade for any
"03.10.2016 09:47:32" blog.insureandgo.com Just Deserts: 4 Of The World's Most Unusual Deserts "With the return of The Great British Bake Off to our screens, it's about time we had a look at some unusual desserts from around the world… Oh wait, we've already done that?"
"30.09.2016 08:21:58" blog.insureandgo.com The Worst Smelling Flowers Ever "Sometimes I buy myself some flowers, and sometimes I leave them in the vase for too long. Ooof, the smell! Well, these flowers smell worse, and not because they're rotting – they're supposed to smell bad."
"27.09.2016 10:32:06" blog.insureandgo.com Cuíca: The Drum That Sounds Like A Cross Between A Possum And A Lion "Have you ever been listening to a nice bit of samba or reggae and wondered what that squeaking/woofing noise was? Well, I have."
"19.09.2016 14:27:09" blog.insureandgo.com 4 Animals That Can Shoot Their Prey "Despite the name, archerfish don't use adorable longbows with their fins. Instead, they're able to spit water at small prey above the water line."
"07.09.2016 11:07:43" blog.insureandgo.com Chameleons: There's Nothing That Isn't Weird About Them "When you really think about it, there's nothing that isn't weird about a chameleon."
"30.08.2016 08:49:40" blog.insureandgo.com Almost Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Bees "They're found on every continent, aside from Antarctica, and make a massive contribution to the ecosystem. So take a gander at this. You'll BEE pleased you did."
"26.08.2016 09:10:28" blog.insureandgo.com The Heavy Metal Cowboys Of Botswana "Looking like they've walked off the set of the original Max Max films, these music fans seemingly ignore the baking African heat to wear thick leather jackets and trousers, massive boots and cowboy hats."
"24.08.2016 15:00:01" blog.insureandgo.com Things You Probably Didn't Know About Flamingos Did you know flamingos turn white if they don't eat enough?
"24.08.2016 08:37:45" blog.insureandgo.com 4 Reasons Why We Won't Unnecessarily Delay Your Claim "I've worked for InsureandGo in a number of different teams for almost 10 years now, and I can honestly say that everyone I've worked with tries to do the right thing for the customer."
"22.08.2016 14:33:41" blog.insureandgo.com Slang And Sayings From Around The World "It turns out #Sweden has more to offer the world that flat-packed furniture. The word 'fredagsmys' is a combination of the word for Friday and cosy. It's the word for hanging out and watching TV and eating junk food. Apparently, I've been doing this for
"05.08.2016 09:21:53" blog.insureandgo.com Tully: Australia's Wettest Town It might've been a bit of a disappointing summer here so far. But just be glad you don't live in Tully, #Australia... ☔️☔️☔️
"06.07.2016 13:48:21" youtube.com The song of the dunes The song of the dunes introduced by Stéphane Douady. Since Marco Polo this strange sounds that can be heard in some deserts fanscinates. Here Stéphane Douady... Here's a singing sand dune in #Morocco, from our post on strange natural
"05.07.2016 13:16:49" blog.insureandgo.com Strange, Beautiful And Terrifying Natural Noises Did you know sand could sing?
"01.07.2016 10:34:46" blog.insureandgo.com 6 Theories For The History Of Tapas "I can't imagine you've ever really considered the history of tapas, have you? I mean, what's to consider? Who doesn't want a tiny plate of food with their drink?" #food #tapas
"22.06.2016 10:49:08" InsureandGo UK's cover photo There are around 300 Barbary macaques living on the upper area of the Rock of Gibraltar. They're the only wild monkeys to be found in Europe.
"21.06.2016 12:00:59" blog.insureandgo.com Flower Fields From Around The World "In Italian, sunflowers are called girasole which means 'sun turner' because they turn their heads to the sun as it moves overhead."
"20.06.2016 13:06:34" blog.insureandgo.com Flower Fields From Around The World "The lavender in #Provence is grown for soap and cosmetics but is also used in local cuisine. Apparently, you can have a lavender sorbet!"
"17.06.2016 09:01:35" blog.insureandgo.com Birthday Traditions From Around The World Did you know that, in #Vietnam, everyone celebrates their birthday on the same day?
"20.05.2016 09:07:14" blog.insureandgo.com Things You Probably Didn't Know About Moths And Butterflies "From September onwards, huge swathes of butterflies fill the skies, travelling from southern #Canada and the #USA, to #Mexico, where they spend the winter, eating burritos and drinking Corona (probably)."
"04.05.2016 11:00:34" blog.insureandgo.com Coconuts: What Are They And What Do They Do? "It's certainly true that you can die from having a coconut drop on your head, so we wouldn't advise taking a nap under a palm tree – even if a falling coconut avoids cracking your skull, there are plenty of other delicate targets."
"27.04.2016 13:05:30" blog.insureandgo.com 8 Unusual Dishes From Around The World "How do you like your eggs in the morning? Boiled in wee."
"20.04.2016 09:43:18" soundcloud.com Episode 2: Food we don't get here In this episode of the InsureandGo podcast, 'Take us away with you', we talk about food we don't get here, like Chinese wee-soaked eggs, very stinky Swedish fish, salted liquorice and shrimp burgers from KFC.
"13.04.2016 08:33:23" blog.insureandgo.com Everything You've Always Wanted To Know About Liquorice "The word liquorice comes from an old French word, which comes from an old Greek word, meaning 'sweet root'. I can't help but think there must have been an error here… Yes, it comes from a root, but I wouldn't describe the flavour as sweet. If I had to
"08.04.2016 13:13:37" blog.insureandgo.com Creepy-crawly Cuisine: Edible Insects From Around The World Could come in handy if you're still not sure what to have for dinner tonight...
"30.03.2016 09:06:21" blog.insureandgo.com Unusual Place Names From Around The World Who's been to Batman in #Turkey? Or how about Accident, #Maryland?
"29.03.2016 08:44:30" blog.insureandgo.com Daylight Saving Time: Why Do We Have To Lose An Hour's Sleep? You might be surprised just why and how Daylight Saving Time started... It's an hour later than it should be. But why? Russell investigates...
(TL;DR: Don't blame the farmers!)
"24.03.2016 10:07:42" blog.insureandgo.com Daylight Saving Time: Why Do We Have To Lose An Hour's Sleep? "As the British summer approaches (taking its time, as per usual), we soon get to enjoy losing out on an hour’s sleep. Aren’t we lucky? But why did we start this practice, anyway?"
"08.03.2016 09:24:39" blog.insureandgo.com The Surprising History Of The Gin And Tonic "The phrase 'Dutch courage' is believed to have started after English soldiers, fighting in Antwerp during the Eighty Years’ War, used to drink gin to help calm their nerves before battle. I’d probably rather go into battle half-cut, myself…"
"01.03.2016 16:55:28" blog.insureandgo.com The Rural Welsh Town Of Gaiman… In Argentina Happy St. David's Day to the people of #Wales... and the Argentinian town of Gaiman, of course:
"29.02.2016 12:45:25" blog.insureandgo.com British Words Which Originated Elsewhere "genuine" - During the Roman Republic and Empire, when a child was born, the father would place it on his knee to show that he accepted the child as legitimate. Its literal translation is "placed on the knees".
"25.02.2016 11:14:51" blog.insureandgo.com Unique Languages From Around The World "There are roughly 6,500 spoken languages found across the world. And while many of them are related to one another, there are several unique languages which bear no relation to any other languages in the world."
"24.02.2016 10:21:16" blog.insureandgo.com How Cinnamon Grows You're basically sprinkling wood shavings on your coffee...
"23.02.2016 11:19:25" blog.insureandgo.com Abraham Lake: The Lake That Gets So Cold, The Bubbles Freeze "This incredible phenomenon is caused by plants on the lake’s bed, which release methane gas."
"10.02.2016 11:23:02" InsureandGo UK's cover photo
"01.02.2016 09:42:50" blog.insureandgo.com Dahala Khagrabari: The Piece Of India Within Bangladesh, Within India, Within Bangladesh "Travellers hoping to pass through Dahala Khagrabari would need to cross from #India to #Bangladesh, then Bangladesh to India, before finally passing from India, back into Bangladesh."
"29.01.2016 10:09:45" blog.insureandgo.com 4 Facts About Whales You May Not Know Narwhals, narwhals, swimming in the ocean...
"27.01.2016 17:05:14" InsureandGo UK's cover photo
"20.01.2016 11:36:35" blog.insureandgo.com Pont Neuf: The Oldest 'New Bridge' Across The River Seine "The Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge that crosses the River Seine, in #France. Fair enough, you might think. But if you understand your Français, that sentence will probably be a little confusing at first, as Pont Neuf is actually French for “New Brid
"14.01.2016 09:26:18" blog.insureandgo.com Pakistan And India's Wagah Border Closing Ceremony "I don’t mind my neighbour. We don’t really talk or know each other’s names but we smile and say 'Hello' when we pass each other outside. But as far as I know, neither of us have considered holding joint military ceremonies each evening for 45 minute
"29.12.2015 10:04:01" blog.insureandgo.com 5 Lucky Foods To Eat Over New Year "Pomegranates are lucky in #Turkey for a few different reasons. First of all, the red represents the heart, life, and fertility. Secondly, it is believed they have medicinal properties which will bring you good health throughout the year to come, and
"21.12.2015 15:26:40" soundcloud.com Scary Santas, pooping Yule logs, Christmas lads and alcoholic reindeer As it’s almost Christmas, we decided to sit down and share stories (over champagne and croissants) about different festive traditions from around the world. Some of them are a little bit “adult” so we As it’s almost #Christmas, we decided to sit down and share stories (over champagne and croissants) about different festive traditions from around the world.
(Some of them are a little bit “adult” so we don’t recommend you let your kids listen to th
"18.12.2015 15:02:31" blog.insureandgo.com Kallikantzaroi: Greek Christmas Goblins "Think #Santa is the only stranger heading down people’s chimneys? He isn’t. In #Greece, they have majestic mythical goblins that sneak down in to your home and cause mischief."
"16.12.2015 13:17:15" blog.insureandgo.com Christmas Traditions From Around The World "Thanks to a phenomenally successful advertising campaign in the 70s, Japanese families often tuck into a bucket of KFC on Christmas."
"14.12.2015 12:21:48" blog.insureandgo.com Karavaki: The Greek Christmas Boat "The tradition of decorating a #Christmas tree was brought to Greece in 1833 by the Bavarian royal King Otto, but decorating a boat goes much further back in Greek history."
"11.12.2015 10:41:15" blog.insureandgo.com Noche De Rábanos: Mexico's Night Of The Radishes "In Oaxaca, #Mexico, they have a large festival devoted to the radish. Before you turn your nose up and think the world has gone a little mad, you should probably look at the bad boy radishes the Mexicans are growing first."
"30.11.2015 15:18:36" blog.insureandgo.com 9 Fascinating Animals From Around The World "Coloured in camouflaging shades of desert browns, this intimidating little lizard has a peculiar false head, which is presented to his predators by dipping his real head."
"27.11.2015 09:32:19" blog.insureandgo.com Ink-credible Facts About Squid And Octopuses "Both squid and octopuses are excellent at disguising themselves. They achieve this by having their skin covered by chromatophores, specialised cells that allow them to change the colour of their skin as easily as you or I might blink."
"26.11.2015 14:26:57" blog.insureandgo.com Finland's Obsession With Saunas It turns out; visiting a sauna is an integral part of Finnish culture. "These sweaty rooms of steam are not only found in spas and gyms, but can also be found in homes, airport lounges, the Finnish parliament, and even offices."
"19.11.2015 15:35:18" The Thai market that's also a railway line "A train goes right through the middle of the market eight times a day, seven days a week."
"14.11.2015 11:36:47" blog.insureandgo.com Statement Regarding The Paris Terrorist Attacks On the evening of the 13th November 2015, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) changed their advice regarding France, following the terrorist attacks in Paris. Paris is currently locked down and Disneyland Paris has been closed. If you’re curren We've put together a statement describing what we can do to help if you're currently in #Paris or if you're booked to travel there soon:
"10.11.2015 14:47:40" blog.insureandgo.com 5 Things You Probably Never Knew About Crocodiles And Alligators "If the mental image of a galloping alligator (a gallopgator?) doesn't bring a smile to your face, I'm not sure we can be friends."
"05.11.2015 10:11:50" blog.insureandgo.com Statement Regarding The Situation In Sharm El Sheikh If you're currently in Sharm el-Sheikh or you're booked to travel there soon, please read our statement on how we can help you:
"31.10.2015 15:00:00" blog.insureandgo.com Creepy Urban Legends From Around The World Urban legends are great for sending a chill up your spine at this time of year. We’re all familiar with Bloody Mary (delicious with some celery) and a phone call from beyond the grave (I wonder how much roaming charges are for the afterlife), but we As it's #Halloween, here are some creepy urban legends from around the world, including a murderer with no respect for toilet etiquette, some helpful ghost children and a beautiful vampire with a disability.
"23.10.2015 14:15:07" blog.insureandgo.com 3 Things You Might Not Know About Killer Whales "The term 'orca', which is increasingly replacing the killer whale name in most places, is much older in origins. The ancient Romans used the word, which they probably took from the Greeks (like most things) and the genus name of orcinus means 'of th
"22.10.2015 15:45:39" blog.insureandgo.com Quintessentially British Things That Originated Elsewhere Grab a cup of tea and some fish and chips while we cover some of the most quintessentially British things we nicked from somewhere else. "Portuguese merchants and priests encountered tea in China in the 16th century, when it was known as chá, where the slang term 'cup of char' comes from."
"29.09.2015 09:53:13" blog.insureandgo.com 7 Facts You Might Not Know About Coffee It's #InternationalCoffeeDay today (apparently), so here's an old favourite of ours from the archives:
"28.09.2015 08:53:21" blog.insureandgo.com Coober Pedy: The Australian Town Where People Live Underground "The town has almost 2,000 residents and nearly all have an underground home, and from a distance the only way you can tell there are so many homes there is by the ventilation shafts poking through the land!"
"24.09.2015 14:22:14" blog.insureandgo.com The UAE's Beauty Contest... For Camels "I feel like the camel has a lot of beauty standards to live up to and I am a little worried about their self-esteem."
"22.09.2015 15:00:47" blog.insureandgo.com Spouting Horn: The Hole With A Giant Lizard Trapped In It #FreeKaikapu
"07.09.2015 10:48:48" blog.insureandgo.com 7 Super-sized Versions Of Animals That May Surprise You "The Titan and Hercules beetles, found throughout the rainforests of #Venezuela, #Colombia, #Ecuador, #Peru, the Guianas, and north-central #Brazil are the largest beetles in the world. Even bigger than a certain foursome from Liverpool, according to
"01.09.2015 09:30:18" blog.insureandgo.com 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."
"27.08.2015 09:06:10" blog.insureandgo.com 5 Spanish Drinks You Don't Get Here "Calimocho is red wine, the cheap stuff – thankfully – mixed with coke. Just let that sink in for a moment. It’s one thing to mix it with lemonade, it’s quite another to mix it with coke."
"20.08.2015 11:44:55" blog.insureandgo.com Sea Slugs: Definitely The Cutest Slugs You'll See All Day "This little cutie-pie only grows up to two centimetres long, and looks a lot like a little bunny because of its 'pointy ears' and 'fluffy tail'."
"17.08.2015 13:08:14" blog.insureandgo.com Weird And Wonderful Greek Gods And Goddesses "Zeus’ parents, the Titans Cronus and Rhea, had several children together – Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades, and Poseidon. But to keep the costs of childcare down (or because someone told him he'd be overthrown by his own children), Cronus simply swallo
"05.08.2015 13:51:32" blog.insureandgo.com The Stone Spheres Of Costa Rica: A Load Of Balls "The balls are believed to have been made between the years 600 and 1000 AD by a culture that was wiped out by the Spanish conquest, so nobody’s exactly sure how they came to be."
"24.07.2015 10:52:15" blog.insureandgo.com Throat Singing: What It Is And How To Do It "I consider myself to have a great vocal talent, so naturally I tried to replicate what I heard on the TV. It wasn't perfect, but I think I did I good job because my neighbour even started to provide a beat from downstairs, banging a broom against th
"23.07.2015 12:59:20" blog.insureandgo.com Peacock Spider: The Teeny-tiny Multicoloured Spider "Once the male has gained the female’s attention, the real fun can begin. The male approaches the female, vibrating his abdomen while waving his raised legs and tail, and dancing from side to side. There’s nothing like shaking your tail feather…"
"22.07.2015 12:53:35" blog.insureandgo.com Bolivia's Gate Of The Sun: Stonehenge After A Gap Year "I like to think of it as a kind of exotic Stonehenge, like if Stonehenge went on a gap year and 'found itself'."
"15.07.2015 09:02:16" blog.insureandgo.com Monstrous Deep-sea Creatures From Around The World "There are more than 200 species of anglerfish but I thought the humpback anglerfish was pretty ugly – quite literally a face only a mother could love."
"13.07.2015 10:09:30" blog.insureandgo.com Meet our bloggers Our bloggers will be on the radio again over the next few weeks! Listen out for the adverts to hear them talking about some of the weird and wonderful things they've written about.
"08.07.2015 12:17:13" blog.insureandgo.com 9 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Sharks You're more likely to be killed by coconuts, champagne corks, tripping over, cows, ladders, vending machines and being left-handed than you are by sharks.
"29.06.2015 08:13:23" blog.insureandgo.com National Flowers From Around The World "The national flower of Sri Lanka wasn't chosen until 1968, and the lucky winner was the blue water lily.
"Sri Lankans consider this gorgeous flower as a symbol of truth and purity as it grows in muddy waters, but emerges at the top clean and produc
"25.06.2015 08:41:21" blog.insureandgo.com Matryoshka Dolls: The Story Behind The Nesting Russian Dolls "It is believed that Zvyozdochkin and Malutin got the idea from a Japanese nesting doll. Although the idea was similar, Zvyozdochkin and Malutin decided to put a Russian spin on the concept, with the dolls wearing traditional Russian outfits."
"24.06.2015 11:42:14" blog.insureandgo.com Bari Cathedral: Midsummer's Window "Every year on June 21st at 5pm, the sunlight streams through the rose-shaped window at the front of the cathedral of San Sabino. It projects on to the marble floor in front of the altar, perfectly matching up with the design of the floor."
"16.06.2015 18:30:01" blog.insureandgo.com Iceland's 'hidden People' 26% of Icelanders believe elves definitely exist. Not only that, but a further 80% think there's a chance they might exist - incredible! Hannah works in our underwriting team, and you can hear her talking about Iceland's obsession with elves in our latest radio ads!
"11.06.2015 10:34:46" blog.insureandgo.com Steak: Argentina's Favourite Dish Meet Jordan. He works in our sales team, he wrote this post about Argentina's obsession with steak, and you can hear him talking about it in one of our new radio ads.
"10.06.2015 12:01:34" blog.insureandgo.com Surströmming: Sweden's Very, Very Stinky Fish Dish According to food critic Wolfgang Fassbender, “the biggest challenge when eating #surströmming is to vomit only after the first bite, as opposed to before”.
"08.06.2015 13:32:07" Keep your ears open for our new radio ads. You might learn something interesting!
"03.06.2015 13:42:11" blog.insureandgo.com What A Handsome Boy: A Little Bit About Toucans We used a toucan in one of our TV ads. So here's a little bit about toucans, including how they they don't topple over with those massive beaks and where in the world you can find them:
"26.05.2015 10:29:54" blog.insureandgo.com Naypyidaw: Burma's New, Empty Capital City "Despite being #Burma's new capital city for almost 10 years, much of Naypyidaw is still a ghost town. Judging by the photos I've seen, rush hour on the city's 20-lane highways seems to consist of two women with brooms and a man on a rickety bicycle.
"22.05.2015 13:41:08" blog.insureandgo.com Gregory Of Nin: The Croatian Statue With A Lucky Big Toe Have you rubbed Gregory's toe?
"19.05.2015 12:17:02" blog.insureandgo.com Tea From Around The World "The Japanese consider green tea to be more than just a drink; it is woven into the very fabric of everyday life. The Japanese culture even has a 'tea ceremony' known as chanoyu or sencha, where the host considerately prepares and presents their gues
"12.05.2015 13:56:35" blog.insureandgo.com Hong Kong's Peak Tram: The Train We Used In Our Adverts "One of the videos we've been using in our TV adverts since last year is a lovely train, slowly moving along a track. We knew it was pretty, and that it captured the serene feeling you get when you’re on holiday somewhere pretty, but we didn't know j
"07.05.2015 09:15:43" blog.insureandgo.com Unusual Voting Systems From Around The World If you think our voting system is strange, wait until you hear how the Coptic pope is elected:
"29.04.2015 09:27:00" blog.insureandgo.com 4 Ways To Say Hello "Remember when your parents used to tell you off and you’d stick your tongue out behind their backs? Well, in #Tibet, that gesture has a totally different meaning."
"24.04.2015 13:27:08" blog.insureandgo.com Hairstyles From Around The World "Bored of your hair? I know I am! I think I must have completely changed my hair five times last year – oops! So if you fancy something a bit different why not try one of these global favourites:"
"16.04.2015 10:36:44" blog.insureandgo.com 5 More Rocks That Look A Bit Like People "Apparently, the ability to see faces and people in random objects is a psychological phenomenon called pareidolia. As far as I know, we’re all prone to a bit of pareidolia every now and again. But if you’re not, you might want to give this post a mi
"13.04.2015 15:07:07" blog.insureandgo.com Castell: Catalonia's Human Towers "Once secure, the base is ready to be climbed, and this is where the fun really begins. Before you know it, you're witnessing a large number of people climbing one another all at the same time! It’s a pretty amazing sight, but you can’t help but feel
"09.04.2015 09:02:32" blog.insureandgo.com Cheese From Around The World Époisses de Bourgogne is a French #cheese that's so stinky, it was banned from public transportation!
"03.04.2015 15:22:01" blog.insureandgo.com 5 Facts You Might Not Have Known About Chocolate I know Easter is a religious celebration but, like it or not, for a lot of people, it's solely about chocolate. I'm happy to tell you I am not one of those people. I believe chocolate is for life, not just special occasions. Remember these facts while you're chomping your way through your Easter eggs this weekend.
"01.04.2015 12:03:50" Well done to Sandra Ann Missenden, Moira Barter, Dannii Walker and Janet Langmead for correctly guessing that true fact is that...
...scientists in #Mexico have now invented a process to turn tequila into diamond!
All you have to do is heat the liq
"01.04.2015 09:23:27" As it's April Fools' Day, here are five facts from around the world... but only one of them is true. Let us know if you find it!
• There are more photocopier engineers than any other in profession in Croatia.
• In the United Arab Emirates, the pass
"30.03.2015 08:53:09" blog.insureandgo.com The White House Easter Egg Roll A lot of children dream of spending their Easter break continuously eating chocolate, and searching high and low for the Easter bunny. Whilst that sounds like a pretty cool way to relax for a few days (especially the constant chocolate eating bit) no "A lot of children dream of spending their Easter break continuously eating chocolate. Whilst that sounds like a pretty cool way to relax for a few days nothing is as cool as spending your Easter Monday with your nation’s president (But I guess that
"23.03.2015 15:06:03" blog.insureandgo.com Zao Fox Village: The Japanese Village That's Overrun With, Well, Foxes! If you're an animal lover, I think it's time to book that plane ticket to Japan. "Zao Fox Village was opened in 1990 and is home to over a hundred free-roaming foxes, including the Japanese red fox, the silver fox (not Philip Schofield, an actual silver fox) and the platinum fox as well."
"13.03.2015 09:33:02" blog.insureandgo.com 5 Facts You Might Not Have Known About Chocolate I’m also happy to tell you I had a quarter of a chocolate cake for breakfast. I am not ashamed. If you like chocolate as much as I do, you might find these facts vaguely interesting. "I know Easter is a religious celebration but, like it or not, for a lot of people, it's solely about chocolate. I'm happy to tell you I am not one of those people. I believe chocolate is for life, not just special occasions."
"05.03.2015 13:37:20" blog.insureandgo.com Giethoorn: Netherlands' Venice Of The North If I asked you to name a pretty city with lots of canals, you'd probably come up with Venice. And you'd be right! But what about Giethoorn in the Netherlands. OK, it's not a city, but Giethoorn is just as pretty as Venice and it also has lots of cana "The old part of the village, known in the Netherlands as the 'Venice of the North', is entirely car-free and can only be navigated by boat or foot (using Giethoorn’s many lovely wooden bridges)."
"02.03.2015 10:48:32" blog.insureandgo.com The Netherlands And The Tulip: A True Love Story When you think of the Netherlands, you might think of windmills, canals, bicycles and clogs. But you'll also probably think of their national flower, the tulip. "Tulip mania reached its peak in 1637. During this time, the price of some tulips increased by 1,110% in a month. Prices kept going up and up, and before long, buying rare tulip bulbs cost the same as buying a luxurious house in Amsterdam!"
"26.02.2015 10:17:20" More than 95% of Egyptians live by the Nile, which takes up only 3% of the land. Yes, that does make it a bit of a squeeze - about 50% more densely packed than Bangladesh!
"24.02.2015 14:18:33" Football fans in #Italy are called "tifosi" which literally means "people with typhus". The disease typhus is characterised by high fever and delirium - a colourful way of describing the hot and crazy enthusiasm of a football fan!
"19.02.2015 11:52:16" Gung Hay Fat Choy! Or “Happy Chinese New Year”!
During this time, billions of people will be given red envelopes with cash inside as gifts. The amount has to be an even number, but cannot be divisible by four. This is because the number four is pron
"18.02.2015 13:35:04" blog.insureandgo.com Steak: Argentina's Favourite Dish A friend of mine just got back from Buenos Aires and all he could talk about was having the best steak of his life. It’s not what I was expecting either, I must admit. They really do love their steak in Argentina though, and we're here to tell you wh Q. Who fancies a lovely bit of steak?
A. The Argentinians. The Argentinians do!
"In #Argentina, some people have two steaks a day, to the point that some would consider it a tradition."
"16.02.2015 11:23:25" To commemorate the Polish national hero Tadeusz Kosciuszko, hundreds of Poles voluntarily began to build an artificial mound outside Krakow in Poland. It took them three years to complete the 34m grassy hill in 1823, topping it with a granite boulder
"13.02.2015 09:16:48" blog.insureandgo.com Aphrodisiacs From Around The World You've probably heard that oysters are an aphrodisiac, and you've probably heard about chocolate increasing sexual desire too – but what about the Chinese tradition of eating tiger penis? "There are plenty of weird aphrodisiacs used around the world, so brace yourself and dust off that Marvin Gaye vinyl, because things are about to get steamy."
"12.02.2015 10:08:15" The dazzling blue mineral larimar is only found in the Dominican Republic. Mentioned in 1916, it was forgotten until its rediscovery in 1974 by Miguel Méndez who named it after his daughter Larissa and the sea ("mar"). It's now mined for jewellery.
"11.02.2015 11:31:12" Tempura, deep-fried seafood or vegetables, is one of #Japan's famous national dishes. Only it's not originally Japanese. It was introduced by the Portuguese in the 16th century, and they may have got the idea from Indian pakora at their colony in Goa
"10.02.2015 10:28:58" blog.insureandgo.com Who writes InsureandGo UK's blog posts? All our blog posts are written by people who work (or worked at InsureandGo). Read their posts and find out a bit more about them here! Did you know that all our blog posts are written by people who actually work (or worked) at InsureandGo?
Next time you call up to renew your travel insurance, you might find yourself talking to one of us!
"09.02.2015 14:05:14" blog.insureandgo.com Odd Beauty Treatments From Around The World As time goes on, I'm pretty sure beauty treatments are getting weirder (for example, Kim Kardashian’s vampire facial) so I decided to delve into the world of odd beauty treatments, and what I found was rather peculiar. "The masseur washes and dries the non-venomous snakes whilst you lay down and try to relax, but before you know it, a number of snakes are slithering all over your body. The snakes slink along your back, your shoulders, your legs and your face, provi
"03.02.2015 11:43:13" blog.insureandgo.com The Taiwanese Airline That Lets You Fly Hello Kitty I'm more of a dog man myself, though if you feel compelled to express your love for Hello Kitty at 30,000 feet then I will not be one to judge. Honest. "The whole experience sounds sickeningly cute, down to the finest details; we are talking bright pink ticket desks, staff wearing Hello Kitty-themed uniforms (complete with pink bows, naturally), and an array of Hello Kitty soft furnishings."
"28.01.2015 12:06:01" blog.insureandgo.com Chefchaouen: Morocco's Gorgeous Blue City I should move here. Reasons to move: it's really blue (the buildings, the paths, the stairs, most things), there are cats here, they have a regional goat's cheese... OK, that's only three reasons, but those reasons are really strong! The photos in this post are truly stunning...
"27.01.2015 11:09:47" Flat-pack behemoth IKEA draws on its homeland for names. Upholstered furniture are often Swedish place names, garden furniture Swedish islands, chairs Swedish men's names, and curtains Swedish women's names. Knutstorp. That's a chair.
"23.01.2015 13:05:12" blog.insureandgo.com Weird Musical Instruments From Around The World I’ve begun take bass guitar lessons, but deciding on which instrument to learn was difficult. I had a look into several different options and found some very peculiar instruments that just needed to be shared! "The gajda is essentially a bagpipe, and is mostly made of sheep or goat hide – sometimes you'll see one with hooves or a head still attached!"
"22.01.2015 09:21:20" blog.insureandgo.com 6 Healthy Eating Habits From Around The World I did that post-Christmas double-take earlier when I looked in the mirror and realised that one just cannot breathe in that many mince pies. I know that we’re a couple of weeks in now but there are still toffee pennies left and it feels like it would "We can learn from the fabulous diets of the Greeks, where meat is often treated as a supplementary item. Using vegetables like artichokes, eggplant, tomatoes, and spinach, and obtaining protein from chickpeas and nuts – as well as using heart-health
"21.01.2015 14:21:56" blog.insureandgo.com 5 Strange Succulents That Are Worth A Look Succulent plants are described as having fat and fleshy sections that retain water. I’m not sure, but I think I may be a succulent... "Succulent plants are described as having fat and fleshy sections that retain water. I’m not sure, but I think I may be a succulent…"
"20.01.2015 10:23:53" blog.insureandgo.com 6 Gross Parasites From Around The World Nature can be cruel. Animals eat animals and animals are eaten by other animals – it’s a nasty business. However, a lion eating an antelope is one thing; a wasp injecting an egg into the body of a disabled cockroach is quite another. "Nature can be cruel. Animals eat animals and animals are eaten by other animals – it’s a nasty business. However, a lion eating an antelope is one thing; a wasp injecting an egg into the body of a disabled cockroach is quite another."
"16.01.2015 14:11:32" In #Morocco, men and women wear the djellaba. It's a loose-fitting garment covering the whole body, made of wool for winter and cotton for summer. Unlike a kaftan, it has a baggy pointed hood called a "qob", perfect against sun, wind and sand.
"15.01.2015 10:45:37" In 1850, there were 10,000 windmills in the #Netherlands. Now there are 1,173, last count. From the 15th century, they were used for pumping water out of the polders (reclaimed land surrounded by dikes). Some are still used in reserve if electric pum
"14.01.2015 14:24:22" blog.insureandgo.com Baby Naming Traditions From Around The World In China, given names are made up of one or two characters. There are 100,000 characters in the Chinese language, so a given name can contain almost any meaning, although, as you would imagine, some characters are more popular than others. "To create an Icelandic surname, you take your father’s first name and add 'son' or 'daughter' depending on what you are to him. For example, if Geir Jakobsson has a son and names him Axel, Axel’s surname would be Geirsson."
"09.01.2015 11:21:27" Police chiefs in the Thai capital, Bangkok, have come up with a rather unique way to punish officers who break the rules – an eye-catching Hello Kitty armband.
Officers who are late, park in the wrong place or commit other minor indiscretions will h
"06.01.2015 09:23:33" In the game of "gasing", Malaysians try to outdo each other spinning giant tops. Often played by men in teams or individually, strength and skill are needed for the biggest 5kg tops. When they get going the tops can easily spin for two hours!
"31.12.2014 10:31:22" blog.insureandgo.com The New Year According To The Rest Of The World Following New Year's Eve will be an array of broken promises, sparingly used gym memberships and fad diets. Thankfully, though, it seems the rest of the world has some different ideas: Feliz Ano Novo, #Brazil! 明けましておめでとうございます, #Japan! Godt nytår, #Denmark! Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit, #Ireland! Frohes neues Jahr, #Austria!
Happy New Year!
"23.12.2014 12:44:36" From All of Us to All of You: The Original Christmas Classic Part 1 reuploaded all copyright goes to Disney,MOVIECLIPS, INgrooves, Believe & UMG. all rights reserved originally uploaded by Disnetv4me on May 2, 2011 I don't ow... Britons settle down to watch the Queen's Speech on #Christmas Day, but in #Sweden, the seasonal programme that is watched by up to 50% of the nation is a Donald Duck Christmas Special from 1958. It's always shown on Christmas Eve at 3pm.
"19.12.2014 10:43:25" blog.insureandgo.com Not Just For Christmas: 7 Facts About Reindeer Everyone knows reindeer are the archetypal Christmas animal, but does anyone really know anything about them? Apart from the fact that they have antlers and pull sleighs, that is. "The story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created by an American called Robert Lewis May in 1939. At the time, bright red noses were considered to be a sign of alcoholism, so the story was initially rejected. It was only when May convinced an
"18.12.2014 14:44:14" blog.insureandgo.com Everything You've Always Wanted To Know About Christmas In Germany Every year, thousands of Brits take the short journey over to Germany during the festive season to explore the markets and enjoy the beautiful Christmassy atmosphere. To me, it's the home of Christmas, and they definitely do it best. The decorations, "Although a terrifying nightmare for some, the Germans add a spider to their #Christmas trees in the name of tradition!"
Find out why in our post about Christmas in #Germany:
"17.12.2014 13:20:24" blog.insureandgo.com Fata Morgana: A Wintry Optical Illusion No, it's not the offspring of a celebrity. It's a pretty cool illusion that takes place when temperatures are also pretty cool - well, actually, very cool. Cold, in fact. Freezing cold. "A Fata Morgana illusion is a mirage that makes distant objects look distorted, stretched or elongated, stacked on top of each other, or even as if they are floating in mid-air."
"15.12.2014 13:11:57" blog.insureandgo.com Tió De Nadal: The Pooping Catalonian Christmas Log The Tió de Nadal tradition is found in Catalonia, and I think it’s fair to say it’s a little odd to an outsider like me. Catalonian children will gather around the Tió de Nadal on #Christmas morning, and sing a lovely festive song, which includes lyrics such as:
Poop log, poop nougats
Hazelnuts and mató cheese
If you don’t poop well, I’ll hit you with a stick
"12.12.2014 11:01:40" blog.insureandgo.com Everything You've Always Wanted To Know About Christmas In Germany Every year, thousands of Brits take the short journey over to Germany during the festive season to explore the markets and enjoy the beautiful Christmassy atmosphere. To me, it's the home of Christmas, and they definitely do it best. The decorations, "A common saying in #Germany is 'ich habe Schwein gehabt' which translates as 'I have had a pig.' This saying might sound a little odd to you and me, but in Germany, it's used as a way of saying 'I’m lucky!'"
"09.12.2014 14:13:31" When you think of #Spain, it's probably not rabbits that first spring to mind. Yet "España" may come from the Punic "I-Shpania" meaning "land of rabbits". Roman coins there featured a rabbit, and Augustus sent ferrets over to deal with rabbit numbers
"08.12.2014 13:54:10" blog.insureandgo.com 3 Festive Beverages Recipes From Around The World "It’s mulled wine season! My exclamation mark suggests that I’m thrilled by this but, to be honest, I'm not that fussed. Heating the wine just seems to accelerate the hangover feelings for me. No one wants that. So, this year I shall be trying these
"04.12.2014 14:18:13" Every year, locals from remote hill communities descend on Khau Vai, a village in north #Vietnam, to rekindle their thwarted love. Ex-lovers who weren't allowed to marry get together to reminisce about the past and what could have been...
"03.12.2014 11:13:50" To beat the terrible traffic in Chinese cities, entrepreneurs are offering a "jam busting" service. Call from a snarl-up and they will send a motorbike out to you with someone to look after your car, while someone else whisks you away on the bike!