Trevor’s Travel Trivia – Bhutan – PART II

Highest country in the world Bhutan is the highest country on our planet with an average altitude of 3,280m. If Tibet were a sovereign country, then it would of course easily eat Bhutan for brekkies at an absolutely incredible average elevation of 4,380m. In terms of mean elevation, Bhutan ranks #4 at 2,220m after Tajikistan (3,186m), Kyrgyzstan (2,988m), and Nepal (2,565m) and before Lesotho (#5 at 2,161m), Andorra (#6 at 1,996m), Afghanistan (#7 at 1,884m), Chile (#8 at 1,871m), and perhaps surprisingly China (#9 at 1,840m). Left picture (c) The Planet D, where uncredited either free stock photography or BSqB For comparison, the United States are at 760m, France at 375m, and the United Kingdom and India both have a mean elevation of roughly 160m. Zebra Crossings In the towns, policemen will politely but firmly remind you to use the zebra crossings, should you forget. Big game hunting? See what […]

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Trevor’s Travel Trivia – Bhutan – PART I

Before we start, let me mention that the Bhutanese (very rightly so!) are extremely proud of their king and country. Much of the information below can be found on official Bhutanese websites. While some of these trivia might (and are intended) to sound strange to the average Western ear, it is very important to take them as what they are: beautiful, unique aspects of a beautiful, unique country. A country that has been completely isolated from the rest of the world until very recently. The world’s highest unclimbed mountain Gangkhar Puensum (7,570m), the country’s highest mountain, is the tallest mountain in the world that has yet to be summited. Since 1994 the mountain has been off-limits to climbers. So this might never happen. Bhutan is now banning all mountaineering activities above 6,000m to protect the sanctity attributed to these mountains and the deities thought to reside there.   Gangkhar Puensum […]

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Trevor’s Travel Trivia – Part VII

  From Poor Man’s Pot to Posh People’s Prized Possession: A Story about Food over the past 5,000 years   Most of us do not realise that much of what we consider to be luxury food items today used to be poor man’s food that was frowned upon by the rest of society (we certainly didn’t until very recently). As food bloggers we find this topic hugely fascinating. Food rising the ranks only to drop back into the gutter when the next big trend comes. This shows how subjective food is, how much of its appreciation depends on convention and society’s dictates rather than pure and simple deliciousness as it should. In some cases it also shows how cooking techniques have improved over time. Nowadays, not so much in countries like France or Italy with their ancient, deeply ingrained appreciation of food and good produce, but certainly in Anglo-Saxon cultures […]

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