Bangladesh

Bangladesh is such a fascinating and fun country to visit. There is so much to see and do!

Location

Bangladesh is located in Southern Asia, bordering the Bay of Bengal and between Burma and India. Bangladesh’s absolute location is 24 00 N, 90 00 E. (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bg.html)

Map of Bangladesh and it's surrounding countries

Climate

Overall Bangladesh has a very tropical climate; mild winter (October to March); hot, humid summer (March to June); humid, warm rainy monsoon (June to October).

(https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bg.html)

People and their environment

Some of the natural resources the Bangladeshi people use are natural gases, fertile soil, water, coal, and timber.

(http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/3452.htm) and (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bg.html)

Timber

Water

Physical Landscape

Most of Bangladesh is within the broad delta formed by the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers. Bangladesh is mainly all flat land except for one significant area of hilly terrain, that is one-tenth of it’s territory.

(http://www.bangla2000.com/bangladesh/geography.shtm)

Flat lands of Bangladesh

Mountains in Bangladesh

Major Cities

Some of the major cities in Bangladesh include Dhaka, the capital, Chittagong, Khulna, and Rajshahi.

(https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bg.html)

Dhaka

All about the People

The Bangladeshi people speak mainly Bengali. The majority of the Bangladeshis are muslim. Most Bangladeshis look indian. Bangladeshi people have unique dress preferences. Bangladeshi men wear panjabi on religious and cultural occasions, lungi as casual wear and shirt-pants on formal occasions. Shari is the main dress of Bangladeshi women.  Some women in urban areas also wear pants, skirts and tops.

Bengali Woman

Panjabi

(http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/bangladesh.html)(http://www.asiafinest.com/forum/lofiversion/index.php/t124800.html)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_of_Bangladesh)


Things to do in Bangladesh

Some places to go see in Bangladesh include, the Mainimati Ruins, the beach, the National Assembly building, the Bangladesh Tea Research Institute, and Shankharia Bazar.

(http://www.lonelyplanet.com/bangladesh/things-to-do)

Mainimati Ruins

Bangladesh Beach

Food

Bangladeshi cuisine incorporates many Persian-Arabic elements and the usage of beef greatly sets it apart from the cuisine in West Bengal in India. It also has considerable regional variations.

  • South -being close to the sea, tend to have a larger use of sea fishes in their cuisines in addition to coconut. Shutki, which is an especially treated dry fish, is extremely popular in these areas.
  • Central – Dishes involving fried rice and a lot of meat are usually legacies of Dhaka’s past as the capital of Bengali empires. Much of this is still visible in the old city, where dishes like biriani, Mughlai porota and bakhorkhani are made by specialty stores, many of which have existed for over a century.
  • West and North-west – Vegetable curries heavily occupy the main eating in these areas. Also, spices are more commonly, and more heavily, used. River fishes (sweet water fishes) are common in the dishes.
  • North-east – Large number of lakes around encourages greater use of lake fishes in the cuisine. Because of proximity to the hills in Assam, several fruits and pickles that are otherwise absent in rest of the country, such as shatkora are used in cooking and serving, producing a distinct nature to the dining menu here.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladeshi_cuisine)

Shutki

Biriani

Vegetable Curry

Shatkora

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Poland

Poland is a very unique and great country to visit!

Location

Poland is located in Central Europe. Many countries border Poland including, Belarus, Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine. Poland’s absolute location is 52 00 N, 20 00 E.

(https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/pl.html)

Map of Poland

Weather and Climate

Poland has a temperate with cold, cloudy, moderately severe winters with frequent precipitation; mild summers with frequent showers and thundershowers.

(https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/pl.html)

People and their environment

Poland has many natural resources that the people use such as coal, sulfur, copper, natural gas, silver, lead, salt, amber, and arable land.

(https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/pl.html)

Coal

Silver

Physical Landscape

Poland is mostly flat plain, but there are mountains along the southern border.

(http://geography.about.com/library/cia/blcpoland.htm)

Flat plains of Poland

Mountains in Poland

Major Cities

Some of the major cities in Poland include Warsaw, the capital, and Krakow.

(https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/pl.html)

Warsaw

All about the People

Polish people speak polish. Most polish people are catholic. Polish people look like the average european. Polish people wear normal everyday clothes. Polish people wear their traditional polish outfits during dancing events and such.

Cross

Traditional Polish Dance Outfit

(http://www.staypoland.com/poland-religion.htm) (http://wikitravel.org/en/Poland#b)(http://www.polishforums.com/archives/2009/society-culture-38/styles-poland-people-wear-19274/)

Things to in Poland

Some places you must visit are, the Wawel castle, Old Town, Auschwitz, Lazienki Park and Chopin’s Monument, and the Wieliczka Salt Mine.

(http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Poland/Things_To_Do-Poland-TG-C-1.html)

Wawel Castle

Auschwitz

Food

The Roman Catholic rituals of feasting and fasting, introduced to Poland around A.D. 900, have had a strong influence on Polish food traditions. During the fasts no meat is eaten, so many meatless and fish dishes have become a part of Polish cookery.

Located between two powerful neighbors, Germany and Russia, Poland was forced to form many political alliances throughout its history. These influenced its food customs. For example, the marriage of King Zygmunt to the Italian princess Bona Sforza in the sixteenth century brought Italian food customs to Poland.

Some Traditional Polish dishes include Pierogi, dough filled with cheese, potatoes, onions, cabbage, mushrooms, meat (or almost any other ingredient, savory or sweet, that you can think of),pierogi are served steaming hot boiled or fried and are accompanied by sour cream, also Zrazy, a filling of bacon, breadcrumbs, mushrooms, and cucumber is rolled inside a seasoned slice of sirloin beef then fried or grilled to allow the flavors to mingle.

Pierogi

Zrazy

(http://www.foodbycountry.com/Kazakhstan-to-South-Africa/Poland.html)(http://goeasteurope.about.com/od/poland/a/polishfood.htm)

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