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Archive for April, 2010

Celebrating Biodiversity! »

Hello Readers!
It’s official. The UN has declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity! It’s a time to recognize the importance of the earth’s diversity and recognize our role in the survival of the earth’s species. We’ve invited our Willamette World News contributors to share about the flora and fauna of their own country as well [...]

Animals in Sweden »

Biodiversity is something I’ve been really fascinated with ever since I came to the US. It’s crazy that there are so many different animals and flowers that I’ve never even seen before. One good example of that is last weekend at Lu’au where the decorations were full of tropical flowers you only see as plastic [...]

Jasmine Flower of China »

If you ask what the national flower of China is, many people might think about the peony, a fist-sized flower with dazzlingly colorful petals and strong aroma that is favored by the royal family and aristocrats in the court. However, the flower that really touches the heart of the Chinese people is jasmine because [...]

A Tour through the Colombian Biodiversity »

Biodiversity is one of the best words to describe my country Colombia. Despite that it is relatively small; Colombia is the second most biologically diverse country on Earth, home to about 10% of the world’s species. This biodiversity results from Colombia’s varied ecosystems—from the rich tropical rain forest to the dry arid desert. In order [...]

Astonishing Nature »

Hong Kong is a crowded city with skyscrapers built everywhere. Nature might be one of the things you are desperate to see in order to get rid of this hustle and bustle of city life for a second. But this can only be realized if you visit the zoo or go hiking.
Compared to Hong Kong, [...]

Wildlife in Belgium »

Let’s be clear from the start: Belgium is not the wildest place on earth and, with one of the highest population densities in the world, we don’t have that many vast landscapes where nature can thrive. However, it would be a mistake to consider Belgium as a place devoid of all wildlife. Indeed, the southern [...]

German Nature »

It is kind of difficult for me to write something about biodiversity in Germany. Between the German nature and the American nature there is not that much difference. We have nearly the same animals back in Germany. They are mostly just different in their colors. The squirrels here in America looks totally different compared to [...]

Animals you can’t see in Chile »

The first animal that comes to my mind when I think of Oregon is not a beaver, but a squirrel. In Chile we have many types of rodents, some friendly looking like the Coipo (a type of beaver) and others not so friendly, including something that could have perfectly have inspired the R.O.U.S. from Princess [...]

Squrriels here vs there »

The squirrels in Willamette seem to be well loved by everyone. They’re energetic and fun to watch as they chase each other around the trees. I’m always amazed how close they get to you. The squirrels back home are very different. They’re sort of lazy and much fatter!! Most British people don’t have the same [...]

Food! Comida! Еда! Nourriture! »

Hello WWN readers!
As food is our theme for this issue, our writers discuss their favorite foods and yummy dishes from their homeland! They have also kindly provided us with detailed recipes along with beautiful photos of some of the scrumptious traditional dishes. We hope this insightful issue will allow you to learn more about the [...]

Colombian menu »

It is difficult to write about Colombian cuisine because it is very diverse and varies depending on the different regions. In some areas you will find specialties like roasted ants or blood pudding while in other areas Colombians wouldn’t even touch these dishes. On this post, I am not going to talk about the specialties, [...]

Vietnamese Phở and bánh gối ( Pillow-shaped cake) »

If you happen to cross Pearl District, Portland, let’s stop by a restaurant name Pho hung. I bet you will like it from the first taste: http://www.pho-hung.com/
Phở is a Vietnamese national food which is vẻry popular and can be found almost everywhere in
Vietnam. It has become the pride of the country. Phở (Vietnamese pronunciation) often [...]

Japanese Food = Eat Healthy »

Once I was amazed that whenever people mention the “Japanese food” or “Japan”, Sushi is always the first thing coming up in their mind.I admit Sushi is popular in Japan too, but I hope the idea of healthy Japanese food is not based on Sushi. Although Sushi seems to be fresh and low-calorie, Sushi [...]

“Yum cha” ( 飲茶) »

“Yum cha” ( 飲茶) is a Chinese tradition that literally means “drink tea.” It is originally a Cantonese cuisine. With this tradition, you have small servings of dim sum in the teahouses, while also sipping Chinese tea. In fact, dim sum consists of a large range of Chinese dumplings and other goodies.