The World's Real Winners

By Smith, Karen Fragala | Newsweek, August 30, 2010 | Go to article overview

The World's Real Winners


Smith, Karen Fragala, Newsweek


Byline: Karen Fragala Smith

Statistics can measure only so much. To enjoy life's more particular pleasures, move to one of these lucky nations.

Best Place to Fly a Kite

India

Flying a kite from the roof is part of everyday life in India. But each year, on Jan. 14, an international kite festival, Makar Sankranti, draws more than 1 million enthusiasts from 36 countries.

Best Place for Sex

Czech Republic

According to Durex condoms' global sex survey: "Czechs have sex as often as the French; they start their sexual life as early as the Dutch; and they fear venereal disease as little as the Italians."

Most Gay-Friendly

Netherlands

The Dutch don't talk much about gay rights. Why bother? Same-sex couples won equal rights in 2001. And Amsterdam's annual gay-pride festival is still considered the hottest party on the planet.

Best Place to Be a Dog Owner

Belgium

Dogs are more than man's best friend here--they're truly part of the family. They're allowed in grocery stores, restaurants, sporting events, and music festivals. You can even bring Rex on the train.

Best Place to Dine

Spain

Sure, the paella is fabulous, but it's anomalies like foie-gras candy and ham "tapioca," created by molecular gastronomists like Ferran Adria, (of Catalonia's elBulli) that make Spain the foodie's mecca.

Best Place for a Road Trip

South Africa

The 850-mile drive from Johannesburg to Cape Town features big-game terrain, pristine beaches, and towering cliffs. Be sure to stop and check out the ancient Bushman paintings at the Kamberg center. …

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