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Maps of Famous Foods Around the World

“Food Maps” is a food art project by photographer Henry Hargreaves and food stylist Caitlin Levin. When you hear cheese, most probably first country that comes  to your mind is France, noodles – China and so on. Henry and Caitlin used all the food stereotypes to map them over the outlines of countries and continents the product is popular in or origin from. Edible maps came out stunning and full of taste. They also could be used as little guidelines for food tourism. “These maps show how food has traveled the globe. while we know that tomatoes originally came form the Andes in south… Read more »

Reddit’s Poll to Europeans Reveal the Most Loved, Hated and Serious Countries

To celebrate the 30,000th subscriber, Europe section of Reddit made a poll questioning Europeans about other Europeans. Respondents were not allowed to vote for their own country. Silly questions along with intriguing answers end up into maps compiled by the user IchBinSisyphos.   The most loved country appeared to be Germany   Vatican was chosen as the least-favorite, followed by Russia and France   I guess this article won’t be accepted the most by Germans   Swedes came out the cutest   Russians led this voting   Most participants consider French accent funny SEE ALSO: Mapping The World’s Stereotypes in 31 Humorous… Read more »

The World’s Most Colorful Urban Stairs

Life is not bright enough? Add up some colors! Many artists, designers and just enthusiasts take this advice literally. One of the examples is vivid patterns popping up every now and then over regular, unnoticeable stairways in different parts of our planet.  These creative projects transform simple steps into new objects as well as brighten the urban landscape around. 

Grandmas Dishes From Around the World

Is it possible to leave grandma’s house hungry? I don’t think anyone was ever able to. This statement doubtless applies to any country. Prove needed?  Gabriele Galimberti’s project “Delicatessen with love” took him around the world to discover the endless love and care of grandmothers in different continents. The idea came from his own granny, who wondered what Gabriele is going to eat while travelling. Galimberti decided to try the world cuisine through a grandson’s hunger. As a result of his journey he brought to the world a book of grannies recipes based on love, exotic ingredients and taste of traditions.

Top 10 Countries to Live Away from World Conflict

Our world is not all perfect, some places enjoy peaceful life and other suffer from on going conflicts, minority discrimination, or high rates of violence and crime. If you currently live in an area where conflicts or turmoil reflects on people’s lives and the index of nations happiness, you’ll probably understand what it means to live somewhere far away from any current or potential instabilities. Perhaps it’s too much to imagine and not the best subject to wish for, but safety and distance from world conflict can be a motivating factor in your choice to expatriate. At the very least, conflict… Read more »

Awesome Retro Travel Posters That’ll Make You Day-Dream About Your Next Holiday

Graphic designer Alex Asfour has created a set of travel posters that have a cool vintage style to them and make us even more eager for sunnier shores. Asfour has used a simple approach with these posters, and evoked a vintage vibe with bold colors, typography and a grainy texture. Given the sorry state of our weather at the moment, you’d be forgiven for craving a holiday so bad you’re finding it hard to concentrate on anything else. Well for now you can enjoy these artistic graphics.

Move, Eat, Learn

3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage – all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food – into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films = a trip of a lifetime. Watch and Enjoy Rick Mereki: Director, producer, additional camera and editing Tim White: DOP, producer, primary editing, sound Andrew Lees: Actor, mover, groover

The World’s 10 Most Corrupt Countries

Corruption is the plague of living being, a disease that every society suffers from to a certain extent and may affect an individual directly or indirectly. It is defined as the impairment of integrity, virtue, or moral principle; in one way or another a person or a corporation either benefits through unfair means from a certain advantage or is hindered due rights, resulting in social and economical oppression, some leading to nations collapsing. Transparency international – a coalition against global corruption – has populated their annual list of corruption index for 182 countries world wide. The index draws on assessments and opinion… Read more »

Government Budgets: Education vs Military Spending [infographic]

Each country has its own spending needs that vary with the priorities of the size of the population, age of the population and political involvements of that country. Some of the largest expenditures of governments are the military, health care and education. At a time when cutbacks are being made across the world in order to reduce countries deficits and attempt to stop the world slipping back further into recession, there is the concern about how countries actually spend their money. How do they decide what sectors receive the most money? Each country decides what is important in relation to its size,… Read more »

Eye-Opening Olympic Rings Graphs by Gustavo Sousa

In-time for the 2012 London Olympics, artist Gustavo Sousa created a series of interesting and awakening statistical graphs showing several global and social inequalities using the rings of the Olympics logo and the continent each ring represents.  The set, entitled “Oceania europe americas africa asia“, illustrates roughly estimated statistics about the five continents by changing the size of each ring proportionally. (Oceania: blue, Europe: Black, Americas: Red, Africa: yellow, Asia: green).

Top 20 World’s Laziest Countries

In-time for the 2012 London Olympics, British medical magazine – The Lancet has conducted a series of studies for over 122 countries by medical journal to reveal the ones with the highest levels of inactivity in the world – in other words, which nation is the laziest in the world. The researchers concluded that a lack of exercise is now a leading cause of death, a third of people across the world do not meet the minimum activity recommendations (which is generally about 2.5 hours of moderate activity per week). The researchers point out that the publication of the studies at the time of… Read more »

The True Size of Africa

Today I came across an interesting infographic, by California-based German graphical designer Kai Krause, putting the size of the African continent in comparison with several areas of the developed world. If you look at the world map on Google, for example, Africa doesn’t look that much bigger compared to China or the United States. In reality though, it’s a lot bigger. Krause scales countries by their area in square kilometers and then fits them into a Africa’s borders for some perspective. I’ll leave the judgement to you now to decide what unused potential the dark continent might hold, and how it hasn’t been merely used for its good… Read more »

Astronaut Andre Kuipers Shares Stunning Images of Earth from Space

In space, 28,000 km/h, 400 km above Earth, Dutch astronaut and physician Andre Kuipers is currently on a 191-days research mission at the International Space Station. Lately, he’s been sharing with the world some of the most amazing views of our beloved home planet up from his perspective. Don’t feel surprised to know that the breathtaking imagery is shot using only his Nikon D3S and not a sophisticated satellite photo-snapping device. The spectacular views of the universe’s constant activity and the spectrum of colors it offers is absolutely magnificent.

The World’s Population to Hit 7 Billion This Week! Is Earth Ready?

The population of the World is reaching a staggering 7 Billion inhabitants this week, marking a critical time for us to consider the conservation of natural resources to ensure a sustainable planet for future generations before sucking up all the good out of it. Experts are already releasing their estimates of the population growth till the end of the century. One forthcoming United Nations report estimates that the number may reach 15 billion – more than double current levels, and 5 billion more than what was previously predicted. So what does this mean for our planet and its resources? The first billion people accumulated over… Read more »

Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s Earth From Above

Earth from Above: a collection of aerial photography produced by Yann Arthus-Bertrand The collection is the result of the French aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand‘s five-year airborne odyssey across six continents. It’s a spectacular presentation of large scale photographs of astonishing natural landscapes. Every stunning aerial photograph tells a story about our changing planet and its inhabitants.

What the World Eats [STUDY GALLERY]

Photographers Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio have conducted a photographic study comparing the amount of food shopping a family does on weekly basis from different countries around the world. To accomplish such a remarkable comparison, Menzel and D’Aluisio visited 30 families from 24 different countries that include Bhutan, Bosnia, Mexico and Mongolia, and recorded what each family ate for a week. Each family’s profile includes a detailed description of their weekly food purchases. Here is a selection of pictures from their study: The only thing i hold against the photographer, is his depiction of Africa (in the Chad example). Why were other families interviewed… Read more »

Night Time Spain Architectural Heritage in HDR

A pleasant set of photos of architectural icons of Spain’s heritage, taken by photographer marcp_dmoz. Pictures have been processed afterwards to generate HDR (high dynamic range) images, making them look like real life paintings.  These are a few examples of Marc’s photos showing his talented eye in snapping Spanish architecture: [Photography Copyrights marcp_dmoz] Related Images:

If the World lived in One City… [INFOGRAPHIC]

If the whole world’s population of 6.9 billion people were to concentrate into one giant metropolis, how big would this city be? The graphic below shows the size of territory needed to accommodate the entire earth’s population according to the density of the mentioned cities. The difference clearly shows suburban crawl and the average area of land available for each person in different urban areas of the world.  [tip: to zoom in the graphic, right click the image and open in a new browser tab]  [via: Archdaily] [References: www.persquaremile.com]

A Trip to Kenya

This is a guest post by: Cherine Chart I consider myself lucky to have had the chance to take part in one of the most fulfilling experiences ever. I am writing this article after having spent a month in Kenya on a mission trip aiming to reach out to various social groups: street children, boarding school kids, youth, abused women, mentally & physically disabled, etc. Our work was mainly focused on two cities: Nairobi and Naivasha, and I am pleased to share with you some of my personal observations. In a social context, the thing that struck me the most… Read more »


Straddling the continents of Europe and Asia, Turkey tries to be a bridge between West and East. The portion of Turkey’s land in Europe may be small (about 5 percent), but the country’s largest city, Istanbul, is there. With nearly 13 million people, Istanbul is the third most populous European urban area, after Moscow and Paris. The Asian part of Turkey is dominated by the dry plateau of Anatolia; the coastal areas of Anatolia consist of fertile lowlands. The country, especially northern Turkey, suffers from severe earthquakes. Mount Ararat, the highest point in Turkey at 5,137 meters (16,854 feet), is… Read more »


Mexico is the largest Spanish-speaking country and the second-largest Roman Catholic nation in the world. Ancient Native American civilizations, including those of the Maya, Olmec, Zapotec, Mixtec, Toltec, and Aztec, flourished there for centuries before the Spanish conquest in the 16th century. Under the Spaniards, Mexico was ruled as a colony for more than 300 years and gained independence on Oct. 4, 1824. War with the United States in 1846 and 1848 caused the loss of what are now Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and California. Although millions of Mexicans still live in poverty, Democratic reforms and economic… Read more »


RUSSIA is a country in northern Eurasia. It is a federal semi-presidential republic, comprising 83 federal subjects. From northwest to southeast, Russia shares borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuaniaand Poland (both via Kaliningrad Oblast), Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the People’s Republic of China, Mongolia, and North Korea. It also has maritime borders with Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk, and the United States by the Bering Strait. At 17,075,400 square kilometres (6,592,800 sq mi), Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than one eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area. Russia is also the ninth most populous nation with 143 million people. It extends across the whole of northern Asia and 40% of Europe, spanning nine time zones and incorporating a wide range of environments and landforms…. Read more »

Top 10 Train Trips Around the World

1- Indian Pacific, Sydney to Perth, Austalia One of the world’s great train journeys, it departs from Perth and ends in Sydney, a journey of 4352 km.  Linking the Indian Ocean with the pacific, the journey takes 3 days and runs the world’s longest straight stretch of railway, 478 km across the Nullabor Plain. There are 2 weekly departures from both perth and Sydney that travel through the blue mountains, minning towns like broken hill and kalgoolie, Adelaide, the remotest outpost of cook and vast stretches of outback dessert. (www.gsr.com.au) 2- Hanoi to Lao Cai, Vietnam The train departs Hanoi… Read more »


Kenya is bordered by the Indian Ocean, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, and Tanzania. Mount Kenya is located in the south-central part of the country, near the equator. Kenya gained independence from Great Britain on December 12, 1963. The terrain boasts lowlands and mountains, and the highlands are divided by the Great Rift Valley. The articles included herein relate to Republic of Kenya, and tourism in Kenya. Kenya is the major safari country in Africa, and Nairobi the safari capital of the world. Kenya has a system of well-managed nature reserves across the country, where lions, rhinos, elephants and zebras, antelopes… Read more »


Sweden is situated in the Northern part of Europe, to the west of Baltic sea and the Gulf of Bothnia. The country shares maritime borders with Denmark, Germany, Russia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Swedish land is also home to a large number of World Heritage Sites and almost 65% of the country is still covered by forests. Sweden was one of the most powerful military nations of the 17th century, but the country has not participated in any war since 200 years. At 450,295 square kilometers, Sweden is the third largest country in the European Union. Over 85% of… Read more »

Top 10 Visited Countries in the World

Tourism has taken its present-day definition starting from the early 1800s as “someone traveling abroad for more than twenty-four hours and less that 6 months, for recreational, leisure, or business purposes”. It’s significant growth towards the mid 1900s gave it a different economy-impacting dimension. Nowadays for some countries as France, Egypt, Greece, United States, Spain, Italy, and Thailand, and many island nations, such as The Bahamas, Fiji, Maldives, Philippines and the Seychelles, Tourism is a vital source of income. International tourism arrivals grew nearly 7% in 2010 to 940 million travelers, generating a total of $991 billion (€693 billion) in exports earnings and is expected to grow between 4% and 5% in 2011…. Read more »

Ethiopia [PHOTO PEEK]

ETHIOPIA is a landlocked country in the northeast African region known as the Horn of Africa. The country has a high central plateau, with some mountains reaching more than 4,000 meters (13,000 feet). The Great Rift Valley splits the plateau diagonally. The western highlands get summer rainfall; the lowlands and eastern highlands are hot and dry. Most people reside in the western highlands as does the capital, Addis Ababa—the highest capital city in Africa at 2,400 meters (8,000 feet). The population is almost evenly split between Christians, living in the highlands, and Muslims inhabiting the lowlands. The Oromo, Amhara, and… Read more »

Argentina [PHOTO PEEK]

South America’s second largest country following Brazil. Located in the southern-most part of South America, the Andes Mountains lies on its west, while it is bounded in the south and east by the southern part of the Atlantic Ocean. In the northeast of Argentina lies Uruguay, and Brazil borders it on the north. Argentina also lays claim to the Falkland Islands. Following independence from Spain in 1816, Argentina experienced periods of internal political conflict between conservatives and liberals and between civilian and military factions. After World War II, a long period of Peronist dictatorship was followed by a military junta… Read more »

Afghanistan [PHOTO PEEK]

Do you know that every day, 10 people in Afghanistan are injured by landmines? It will continue for the next 50 years, because the country has the largest number of landmines in the world – Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Afghanistan has the misfortune of sitting in a strategic position at the crossroads of Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and the Middle East. Despite its mountainous terrain and fiercely independent inhabitants, the country has been invaded time after time throughout its history. Today, Afghanistan is once more embroiled in war, pitting NATO troops and the current government against the ousted Taliban government and its… Read more »

New Zealand [PHOTO PEEK]

Part of our vision here at Urban Peek is to enrich our readers background with what our world simply looks like outside the city or country we live in. Putting cultures in contrast with fast previews of different spots around the globe – which can surprisingly vary from one location to another.  We think that nothing can deliver this message better than photographs. We will be adding a new category to our blog called [Peek at the World] under the newly developed [Photography] section in which we will be posting a new gallery of a different country/ location on weekly basis. So,… Read more »

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