Sunday, March 22, 2015

Global Day 2015

 Let's do this.

 Admiring fountains in Tunisia.

 Checking out this year's Obscure (to us) Landmark in Iraq. Last year it was the Martyr Monument. This appears to be the Monument to the Unknown Soldier.

 Lebanon did their snacks right!


 More Iraq. Really neat display.

 People coming in the front gates.

 Pakistan was a ghost town last year, so I was surprised to see that it was the most beautiful booth (in my opinion) this year! Plus, henna:


There was a United States booth again. They were blasting Uptown Funk and wearing cowboy hats. It was interesting.

Miscellany:

1. Italy had free pizza in their booth...from Pizza Hut!
2. For some reason, many booths did not have clear country names on the outside. But it turned out to be a fun guessing game to go into a booth and try to guess from the surroundings where you were.
3. Something I learned this year is that certain cultural clubs (the people ostensibly in charge of putting together a booth for a country) are given funding by that country's government. That's why these booths aren't all completely amateur student constructions held together with duct tape. As you can see, many are very complex. And now I know how that's possible - with outside money. I'd always wondered!

9 comments:

Susanne said...

Great pictures, and I enjoyed the facts at the end. Pizza Hut pizza, huh? Oooo, Pakistan's booth IS pretty!

So, did people from the US do that US display? Is that how it works? It's funny that they chose the Wild, Wild West.

Jen and Joe. said...

So......how does one get not one, but TWO cactus balloons for one's booth???

Ariana said...

That monument looks like half of a stroopwafel iron. And I hope nobody told the Italians the pizza was from Pizza Hut. :)

jaraad said...

As an Arab student in the USA I know that whenever there is an international student activities on campus some Arab countries' embassies especially the Gulf countries would financially support their students. Or at least give them big blags and some brochures or pamphlets about their country.

Sarah Cook said...

Pakistan's booth looks beautiful! Question: Do YOU ever get henna done?? I would want to if I was there!

Kathy Haynie said...

Your girls are getting SO BIG. Fun post.

Liz Johnson said...

I LOVE THIS EVERY YEAR!

Do they have good representation for South American & African countries? Or just the countries that have a decent representation, population-wise, in the UAE?

Bridget said...

South America not so much, except for, randomly, Brazil. Africa, yes - not just the Arabic-speaking North African countries, but Somalia, Nigeria, and a few others.

Most of the booths are run by cultural clubs, Susanne. So the kids in the US booth are not American (probably, unless they're exchange students) but are in the US cultural club.

Susanne said...

Thank you for explaining. I wasn't sure how many Americans were around there since it seems the UAE has a lot of expats. (But maybe fewer than I imagine especially in the university area.) I'll try to keep that in mind so I don't ask you the same question next year. :)

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