Since our contributors around the world often post about their countries on their own blogs, we thought you might be interested to read what they have been writing. So here’s the first in a new series on Blogs of the World where we round-up our favourite contributor posts.

From Romania: “Bucharest, a permanent construction site.”

Under Construction, by Carmen

From Poland: “A half-emptied bucket of paint, most of its former contents splattered on the pavement, marked the entrance to the alley connecting Ul. Ruska and Ul. Sw. Anthoniego. The nameless passage – officially dubbed the Nameless Passage – was filled with artists.”

Wroclaw’s street art weekend, by Jenna

From Argentina:My mission was to make alfajores de maizena -Maizena is a traditional brand of corn starch and a household name in Argentina,- and since they happen to be my favourite kind of alfajor, I was more than happy to oblige.”

Alfajores de maizena by Ana

From India:On our Aurangabad trip, we visited a saree shop which had its own power loom unit. We managed to gain an entry, in spite of it not being generally allowed, and Samhith was able to see at first hand how the huge machines turned bundles of silk and cotton yarn into cloth in a matter of hours.”

A tale of weaving, by Anu

From Spain:Apparently, Barcelona is a great place to shoot films.”

Top films set in Barcelona, by Marta

From Portugal:Can you imagine my surprise and happyness when I saw they were selling Bolo de Arroz (Portuguese rice muffin)?!!

Bolo de Arroz: by Sandra

From Canada: “This weekend, when friendly locals asked me where I was from, I began by proudly stating “British Columbia!”. I think my country (and my province especially- I may be biased, though) is an absolutely amazing place to be from.”

oh… you’re from BC: by Kelly

From Kyrgyzstan:

Rooftops of Bishkek: It’s in Russian, but take a look for the photos of Bishkek’s rooftops by Nargiza

From Japan:The Kanji on this envelope (御霊前) mean, “goreizen”, an offering at the altar for someone who has departed the world of the living.

Japanese funeral envelope: by Mike in Okinawa, Japan.

Read more:
Best of 2010: a world tour in 23 posts
Naming children: traditions in 13 countries
People of the World

About the author

Lucy is English and first ventured out of the UK she was 19. Since then she has lived in 4 different countries and tried to see as much of the world as possible. She loves learning languages, learning about different cultures and hearing different points of view.