Articles by marta

Futbolín: the origins of foosball

Foosball, table football, babyfoot, futbolito, metagol, Tischfußball, langirt … foosball is played in many countries around the world and has many different names. But did you know that it’s originally from Spain? Here’s how futbolín (as it’s called here) was invented.

Classic futbolín table in Andalucia. Credit


January 28, 2011 5 comments

Hello from Rio!

Daily Rio Life is a blog written by a Canadian expat woman who has been living in Rio de Janeiro for two years. She writes about her life in Brazil and covers topics such as preparing a move and choosing a neighbourhood. She also offers a shopping guide, and tips to enjoy the city, for example, restaurants to enjoy… or to avoid!

One of my favourite posts deals with the psychological exam you have to take to get a Brazilian driver’s licence. It’s surreal! Very fun to read, I guess not much fun to actually sit that type of exam! You can read this post here. A useful blog for anyone wanting to move to Rio!

Update (29.09.10): The post originally stated that DLR is from Calgary. Corrected following comment below.

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Feijoada: Carla explains this typical dish from Brazil
Kiss, hug or shake hands? Greetings around the world

July 30, 2010 2 comments

Dreaming of Victory

Whatever Paul the octopus predicts for the FIFA World Cup final, in Spain, people have faith and want to believe in victory. We face serious political and economic issues. We are not sure of what the future will hold, we don’t know if we can trust our politicians and when and if the economic crisis will end. But we are sure we want to win. There are many mottos in Spain for this final football cup. One of them is “¡Podemos!”, which reminds me of Obama’s “Yes, we can”.


July 10, 2010 2 comments

A Magical Midsummer Night

What are you doing tomorrow? The night of 23rd to 24th of June, many countries will be celebrating Midsummer Night, from Sweden to Brazil, from Chile to Portugal. Here in Spain it’s called the night of San Juan.

This has been a magical night for centuries. In different parts of Spain, you can hear many legends of encantadas, long-haired and non-human girls who suddenly appear on Midsummer combing their hair. More recently, this night has inspired the Spanish film “El Sueño de una Noche de San Juan”


June 22, 2010 4 comments

Konichiwa! Kyoto blog with an American accent

Konichiwa! Alive in Kyoto is written from Kyoto, Japan, by Nils Ferry who is originally from California. He’s a Kyotophile and he offers a good insight to Kyoto through his posts and his amazing pictures.

My favourite section is the Japan/Kyoto category for its beautiful photos and/or descriptions of very Japanese elements such as sakura, the Shichi-Go-San ceremony or the Fire Festival.

This is a great blog to do a little bit of research before a trip, but also to enjoy learning about Kyoto from wherever you are, for example, your comfortable armchair.

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Okinawa, the far South in Japan
Tempura is Japanese… or is it?

June 17, 2010 1 comment

Welcome to Sweden!

A Swedish American in Sweden
is a blog written in English by a Swedish-American who was born in Sweden, raised in the US and who is currently living in Sweden to explore his roots.

His posts are informative, interesting and useful for anyone interested in learning about Swedish society. If you are planning on moving to Sweden for a long period of time, his posts will give you a great deal of insider information.

‘Hairy Swede’ (as he calls himself) focuses on different aspects of living in Sweden including topics such as the culture shock of moving from the States to Sweden, how to learn the Swedish language, finding accomodation, or tips to find a job or make Swedish friends.

Tack så mycket (thank you very much) for this very interesting blog!

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More blogs from Sweden on Blogs of the World
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Which countries drive on the left?

May 13, 2010 Comments disabled