The Sounds of Culinary Art

Hand up who listens to music when they cook? Is it music that you particularly like to cook to? Personally, I love to listen to passionate Italian and Spanish folk music, when I rattle the pans atop my stove. The Gypsy Kings can help me chop faster and find a rhythm for the expression of my culinary art. Cooking is pretty ancient and older, rootsier music makes sense for me when I wield my wooden spoon and iron frying pan. The basic elements of life are all in play when we are cooking. The flame atop the stove, if you are lucky enough to have gas or a wood fired camp stove, and all the primal factors involved in a timeless task like cooking.

Music Helps Me Cook

Hearing music with a steady and strong beat galvanises my commitment whilst I am engaged in the act of preparing good food for my loved ones. I love cooking and I have been told that I am a pretty good cook. I cooked commercially for several decades in restaurants and catering businesses. I can cook up a storm in no time at all and I can comfortably feed people in the hundreds. I have always had the energy to make vast quantities of delicious food to feed many guests. Music helps me cook.

A Good Kitchen Rocks

You do need a good kitchen, a well-appointed space in which to crank up the power and the passion. A well-designed kitchen is worth its weight in gold, when it comes to really good cooking. Explore this online example of great kitchen designs for both residential and commercial requirements. Life is too short to put up with a crap kitchen, which stresses you out instead of supporting your culinary art.  A good kitchen rocks, to put it into musical terms.

Without Music, Like Would Be a Mistake

I like to move my hips when I am cooking and listening to some of my favourite sounds. Even, for an oldie, like me, I can still muster a few dance moves when it really matters. Friederich Nietzsche wrote, that “without music, life would be a mistake.” Coming from an old sour puss like him that is rare praise indeed for the vibrational harmonic realm of music. Life without a bit of shimmying in the kitchen would, also, in my opinion, be less of a life. Life without music and delicious food would be poorer for it too.

Eastern European Nightlife

Europe is the favorite destination of backpackers across the globe. Millions of budget travelers and tourists flock the continent each year, particularly during summer. Their top itinerary? Not museums or castles, but parties. In fact, traveling and partying usually happen side by side. Well, there’s no one to blame but the region’s bustling festivals, lively parties, dynamic nightlife and beautiful companions of the night.

Countries that form the eastern part of Europe have the most vibrant and coruscating party atmosphere in the region. As a matter of fact, Eastern Europe is the new party capital of the continent, and probably of the world. Here are some of the places to visit (and party) whenever you are in the area:

1. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is one of the best places to party at in Eastern Europe. The city boasts its seemingly infinite number of clubs and bars. Those who like booze will surely enjoy their stay in Prague since alcoholic drinks do come cheap.

 2. Belgrade, Serbia

You can find almost everything in Belgrade: discos, pubs, bars and clubs. If you’re up for epic parties that are within your budget, pack your things and head straight to the Balkan region.

 3. Krakow, Poland

Aside from the culture and history, Krakow, the oldest city in Poland, is also teeming with bars and nightclubs. In fact, around 10 million tourists visit Krakow mainly because of the sprightly and electrifying nightlife that the city offers.

 4. Budapest, Hungary

Like any cities in Eastern Europe, the alcohol in Budapest is quite cheap. The city is a stand out due to its ruin bar setting. Abandoned buildings were transformed to zestful bars and clubs. For an authentic nightlife experience, enjoy the beers, engage in a conversation with locals and tourists, and of course, dance to the tune of trance or electric music.

 5. Varna, Bulgaria

If you want to indulge yourself with breathtaking views and thriving nightlife, then this city is the place for you. Varna, the third largest city in Bulgaria, assures party animals that they will have a good time at their numerous nightclubs and discotheques scattered across the city.

 6. Hvar Island, Croatia

Hvar Island in Croatia is a favorite destination of party goers in the Mediterranean. In here, drinking parties by the beach commence right at noon. Whenever you are in the area, don’t miss out the beach parties at Carpe Diem Beach.

 7. Riga, Latvia

After being featured by a magazine in the United Kingdom as the top stag party destination in the continent, Riga has since then became popular due to its zippy and peppy nightlife. Among the most-flocked venues of party goers in the city are Club Kino and Depo.


Appreciating Slovenian Arts And Culture

Slovenian arts and culture preserved the identity of the nation throughout the centuries. Their culture and common language of Slovene enable the Slovenian people to forge themselves to a nation and survive. Slovenes have an intense attitude toward national culture. Today, Slovenia is the only country in the world that celebrates a day of culture as a national holiday. February 8 is the national day of culture which is also celebrated to commemorate the death anniversary of its greatest poet, France Prešeren. His poetry influenced the first national programme that helped shaped the country’s national identity. One of his wonderful works is A Toast became Slovenia’s national anthem.

The appreciation of Slovenian arts and culture is promoted in children from early years. The Elementary School Act promotes Slovenian culture and tradition. Some of the mandatory subjects include Slovenian language, history, geography and society. Slovenian art is shaped by painters, architects, sculptors, photographers, comics, illustration, graphics artists, and conceptual artists. There is a rich cultural life in every corner of Slovenia not only in major towns.  Their rich cultural life can be seen at museums, galleries and cultural centres. There are 45 permanent galleries in the country with over 800 spaces for fine arts exhibited occasionally or permanently. The National Gallery showcases collection of older works while the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana focuses on modern art. Impressionism made Slovenian painting famous throughout Europe in the first half of the 20th century.

There is a range of cultural events and festivals that could satisfy the most demanding guests. Every year Slovenia hosts a number of festivals especially in the summer: the Primorska Cultural Festival, the Ljubljana Festival at Križanke, the festival of early music in Brežice, Maribor’s Lent Festival. Other renowned events include the Ana Desetnica festival of street theatre, the Exodos dance festival in Ljubljana, the Vilenica literary festival near Sežana and the PEN meeting in Bled.

Gambling is one of the most well-known pastimes in Slovenia. Slovenes with a few time and money can just get into the casino and have some fun. There are many games to choose from including different variations of blackjack, bingo, roulette, poker, baccarat, etc. If you feel like unwinding in flashing lights, you will need to visit Slovenia’s casinos. They also have online gambling where you can avail of free bonus bets on horse racing. Most casinos are own and operated by top hotels with rich culture and entertainment programme.

Performance arts are important part of Slovenia’s culture. Folk dances and folk music are still part of traditional celebrations. National Manuscripts and The Institute of Music in Ljubljana maintains an archive of the wide variety of traditional songs set to music. The first Slovenia ballet school was established in 1918 and still continue to perform today. Other dance companies were also formed including contemporary and avant-garde. There are also numerous professional theather groups in the country, including Slovenia’s national theatre, the Youth Theatre and the Puppet Theatre in Ljubljana.

Slovenia has a high literacy rate, the people support literature. They are ranked on the top of European countries in terms of number of books published per head. Ljubljana was selected by Unesco to be the World Book Capital in 2010. And in 2012, Maribor became the European Capital of Culture. Two writers are widely regardes as the fathers of Slovenian culture. Primož Trubar, a Protestant reformer built the foundation for Slovenian literary language. His works were published in the middle of the 16th century. Most celebrated poet, France Prešeren established the first national programme. France Prešeren is the highest the national award given on National Culture Day.

Slovenian musical creativity dates back to the 16th century works of Jacobus Gallus. But professional musicianship in Slovenia began in 1701 when the Philharmonic Society was established. Its top musicians include, pianist Dubravka Tomšič, flautist Irena Grafenauer, and soprano Marjana Lipovšek. There are five professional orchestras in the country with a host of musicians who are famed outside the country. The world famous founders of traditional popular music the Avseniki is a special musical phenomenon. In the field of popular music, Laibach  have been a highly influential band in the world for modern alternative music.

Slovenia has a well-developed network of cultural institutions, associations and organisations comparable to developed countries in Europe. Cultural institutions are evenly distributed with government funding. Two thirds of all culture funding comes from the local communities or municipalities. The government finances the national network of institutions in full. They even have institutions for the protection of cultural heritage. The National Library, and Ljubljana’s Cankarjev dom, the main national cultural and congress centre help preserve their culture.