Turkmenistan is home to many Turkmen. Turkmen are one of the original Turkic tribes, that migrated from Mongolia to Central Asia. Their rich culture and history has been preserved, and their nomadic heritage has survived into the 20th Century. Ruins of ancient Silk Road cities still dot the landscape.
Iran was the home of the Three Wise Men. These wise men were not kings or Christian. They were Zoroastrian magi priests from Iran (which was previously known as Persia). Marco Polo wrote that he visited the tomb of the three magi in Tehran in around 1270 ACE.
Mexico is where archaeologist found evidence of the earliest corn crops. It was domesticated there 9,000 years ago. Since 3600 BCE popcorn was a thing!
Vietnam is one of the oldest places inhabited by early modern human beings, which pre-dates history. Homo Sapien fossils have been found in Vietnam that are at least 140,000 years old. Historically, Vietnam history is traced back 5,000 years, to the Hong Bang Dynasty.
Ireland is known as the Emerald Island. This land of the ancient Celts is lush and fertile and gets a lot of soft rains, so it is very green. This nickname came about in 1794, when Irish Poet, William Drennan wrote the Poem: When Erin First Rose.
Samoa is an island country that has still retained a lot if its culture and traditions despite European influence. A Fale is a traditional home that has no walls. Some of them are quite large and also used for gathering places in some villages.
Hungary is the Land of Paprika! This delicious spice is imported from Hungary from all over the world. Hungarian cuisine uses this spice in so many of their delicious dishes. Goulash (one of my favorites); sprinkled on fish, chicken, and vegetables; and even used for spiced cakes! You can never add too much Paprika to Hungarian food. 😋