Italy is a country of beautiful chaos. Home to some of the world's best fashion, cars, and food, the country has been a symbol of joie de vivre for centuries. It is also a country steeped in tradition, with a traditional family model and strong roots in Christianity. Her fun-loving people are known for having a great sense of humor, and nearly everything is fair game to poke fun at – like this colorful story about the origins of the country's most popular religion. While most people think Jesus was black because he called everybody brother, liked Gospel, and didn't get a fair trial, it turns out that's not true.
Ask any American to tell you three things about Germany and the first thing out of their mouth will be Oktoberfest, likely because they've "always wanted to go there". That's such a dated, narrow-minded stereotype. Germany doesn't just have attractive blonds, they also have attractive brunettes. Yes, zee Germans are quite proud of their country's natural beauty, but it's not only skin deep. Germans have a strong work ethic, which is why they have the biggest economy in the EU (by nominal GDP), and which also helps explain why many of them lack a sense of humor.
While some people might think Cinco de Mayo is about Mexican independence, it's actually a holiday that celebrates the day three Americans fought and defeated El Guapo at the Battle of Santa Poco. And it's just one of the many things Mexico is famous for. Her rich cultural heritage has resulted in some of the world's best cuisine that has been exported to every corner of the planet. Then there are the other exports, like those depicted in the recent third season of Narcos, a gripping thriller about the country's cartels in the 1980s. Mexico also plays a key role in regional international trade as the US' neighbor and second largest export market.
The Spanish term "mañana, mañana" is all about putting off what you should be doing now in favor of something more fun – like smoking cannabis and getting nude in public – both of which are legal in Spain. Unrelated to the country's lackadaisical outlook on life, the economy has suffered for almost ten years after the 2008 collapse of the housing market and the global financial crisis that followed. Unemployment rates peaked at 26% with youth unemployment stagnating around 55% for more than a year. Today, the economic decline is finally over and the country's economy has returned to its pre-recession size, although unemployment still remains above 18%. The newly invigorated environment has helped Spain's startup ecosystem grow, and this growth is underpinned by the quality of their education system, the availability of public and private funding, and the growth of incubators and accelerators.
Some people think that "sustainable eating" means shopping exclusively at over-priced chains like Whole Foods but we're here to shut that myth down with two words – Almazan Kitchen. Who knew that a couple of Serbian guys cooking organic food in a forest with their pet owl could generate nearly 20 million views for a single video? Serbia is just one of many countries found in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), a region that consists of relatively small countries that gained independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union around 1989. As these countries transformed into democratic states with capitalistic economies only 30 years ago, they had to overcome unique handicaps compared to more developed nations in Western Europe – like no organic grocery stores. Still, most of the region has registered rapid GDP growth over time that was only slowed by the global financial crisis of 2008.