Expats

  • Most Topular Stories

  • Summer Travels in America

    Ogles & Observations
    Jan Blanton
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:31 pm
    I’m sitting on a Delta flight from ATL to LAX en route to CAN (Guangzhou China).  The kids are entertained electronically, I have my drink coupon working for me and turn to the in-flight entertainment options.  I skip past the movies, thinking I’ll have them for the long haul flight to GZ, and choose instead to take advantage of the outlet for the computer and the “music of Brasil” in honor of the 2014 World Cup. For just a moment, I am not sure where I’m headed. Two years ago we were in Brazil ourselves… and just tuning into the sambas and regional music, like any other music,…
  • Drop in expatriate govt employees 0.2 growth in total foreign workforce

    expatriate - Yahoo News Search Results
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:39 am
    Drop in expatriate govt employees 0.2 growth in total foreign workforce
  • Want to Experience Your New Life Abroad Before Making the Decision to Move?

    British Expatriate Community
    Sue
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    Are you seriously thinking about making a permanent move somewhere hot? If so, the BBC would love to speak with you. BBC2 is making a new series about families/couples considering a move to any one of the following places: islands in the Caribbean; Central & South America; Thailand, among other places. With more and more Brits heading for foreign shores, we want to explore the reality of what it’s really like to up-sticks and move to a country very different from the UK. We are looking for people who want to experience the new life they dream of before making the big decision to move.
  • Wedding Organizing – Creating A Timeline

    Intrepid
    admin
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    A centerpiece is simply an arrangement in the middle of your reception tables. But, how do you create one particular with no spending a single penny? Is this possible? Yes it is! The solution lies in what you already have both in your own house or what you can borrow from buddies and family members. Think about your pursuits as a couple as effectively as individually. What are your hobbies? What do you do in your spare time? What are your personal family members heritages? Now, use the items associated with these tips and create your centerpieces. For affiliate plans it’s a tiny…
  • Danny's First Full Day

    Life with 2 Lads & a Lass
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Today was Daniel's first full day in Kindergarten.Since he had such a rough time going last week we decided not to even mention it over the weekend, hoping that by not bringing attention to it he wouldn't get himself worked up into a frenzy. Not a word was uttered about school, not a mention was made when we packed his lunch and set out his school bag.This morning Jack helped him get ready and I could hear his fear building up but I ignored it. He asked if I would go with him, then told me he wanted to walk behind my legs. By the time we got to the playground his nerve had completely gone and…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    British Expatriate Community

  • Want to Experience Your New Life Abroad Before Making the Decision to Move?

    Sue
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    Are you seriously thinking about making a permanent move somewhere hot? If so, the BBC would love to speak with you. BBC2 is making a new series about families/couples considering a move to any one of the following places: islands in the Caribbean; Central & South America; Thailand, among other places. With more and more Brits heading for foreign shores, we want to explore the reality of what it’s really like to up-sticks and move to a country very different from the UK. We are looking for people who want to experience the new life they dream of before making the big decision to move.
  • The Case of the Noisy Dominoes

    admin
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Dominoes by Gerry Balding We live in a noisy world, and the opportunity to find near silence from time to time is a welcome and refreshing one. A recent report from the World Health Organisation claims that Spain is the noisiest country in Europe. Apparently noise levels are around 70 decibels, whereas the World Health Organisation recommends a maximum of 55db during the day and 45 db at night. These figures do not surprise me. As much as I like most Spanish people, and generalisations are dangerous, I have always maintained that Spanish babies are born with their volume controls glued to the…
  • Your Ultimate Guide to Moving to Australia

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    So, you’re thinking about buying property in Australia? Maybe you’re retiring overseas, buying property as an investment or starting a new life with the family. If you’re not sure what it involves, check out our guide. One – Whereabouts? Start your research a good couple of years before you plan to move to Australia. Look into what it takes to get your Australian visa sorted – some can take up to two years to be granted. Plan an early-days trip to get a feel for things, and let your family know about your plans. Make sure you’re moving to an area that best suits your needs. Do you…
  • Highest Population Growth Since 2003

    admin
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:46 am
    New Zealand’s population is growing at its fastest rate for over a decade, according to new estimates released by Statistics New Zealand this week. The country’s population grew by 67,800 people, or 1.5 percent, in the year to 30 June 2014. This came from natural increase (births minus deaths) of 29,500 and net migration (arrivals minus departures) of 38,300. New Zealand’s estimated resident population was 4.51 million at 30 June 2014. “This is the first release of population estimates using results from the 2013 Census and Post-enumeration Survey,” population statistics…
  • Prosecution of Unregistered Agent for Facilitating Migration Fraud

    admin
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:06 am
    An unregistered migration agent was sentenced for migration fraud offences in the Magistrates Court of Victoria, the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said today. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) into unlawful migration assistance to visa applicants. Maria Nani was found guilty today of providing false documentation to visa applicants in return for money. Minister Cash said the former migration agent continued to provide unlawful assistance to visa applicants…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Intrepid

  • Wedding Organizing – Creating A Timeline

    admin
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    A centerpiece is simply an arrangement in the middle of your reception tables. But, how do you create one particular with no spending a single penny? Is this possible? Yes it is! The solution lies in what you already have both in your own house or what you can borrow from buddies and family members. Think about your pursuits as a couple as effectively as individually. What are your hobbies? What do you do in your spare time? What are your personal family members heritages? Now, use the items associated with these tips and create your centerpieces. For affiliate plans it’s a tiny…
  • Basics Of Browsing, A Beginniers Letter To Browsing

    admin
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:19 am
    Surfing is a excellent activity! Other than jogging, the place can you be at 1 with character? It’s just you, your surf board and the waves. Right here are some excellent fan websites for browsing. The proximity of the personal in the direction of the boat creates a severe protection chance. Creating user of any ordinary motorboat is not suitable due to the fact most of the boats have an outward or inward outward motor. The chance of the individual becoming pulled into the propellers is really high. This can lead to severe injuries to the wakesurfer. To ensure this problem does not…
  • Some Perfect Wedding Ceremony Gifts

    admin
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    Kiss Me Kate will just take location on July 21, 22, 23, and 24 at seven:30 p.m. each and every evening. A matinee show will go on July 24 at two p.m. All performances will take place at The Drama Studio, found at 128 East Bell Avenue in Clarksville, IN. It is essential that you make your proposal a shock to the lady. You know if you could give her a clue of your intentions, she may discover methods of declining in and she would disappoint you. This nonetheless does not indicate that you ought to just take benefit of circumstances but some issues are much better handled as surprises. Hold the…
  • Affordable Cremation Solutions – Know Your Possibilities

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    Services are actually about enjoy. You are getting the time and expressing and sharing the enjoy that you felt for that individual. It’s essential to rejoice but not at the expenditure of acknowledging that anything essential has been misplaced. The very best solutions mix recollections, comfort and encouragement. You need to get this time to share your loss, to laugh and discuss and share your feelings and emotions with each and every other. There are several items associated in a funeral. This is because as in life individuals have a individual flavor or design. A funeral can be…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Life with 2 Lads & a Lass

  • Danny's First Full Day

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Today was Daniel's first full day in Kindergarten.Since he had such a rough time going last week we decided not to even mention it over the weekend, hoping that by not bringing attention to it he wouldn't get himself worked up into a frenzy. Not a word was uttered about school, not a mention was made when we packed his lunch and set out his school bag.This morning Jack helped him get ready and I could hear his fear building up but I ignored it. He asked if I would go with him, then told me he wanted to walk behind my legs. By the time we got to the playground his nerve had completely gone and…
  • Daniel's Firsts: Kindergarten & Soccer

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It's been a week on firsts for Daniel which I knew would be difficult. It's takes him a little while to warm up to things and sometimes the lead up to the event is traumatic for everyone involved. I don't handle it too well, which doesn't help. Let's just say it's not a walk in the park for all involved.The most important thing about both of these new things is that he eventually did try them and the next time he does them I think he''ll be okay. His first soccer practice on Wednesday and his kindergarten evaluation today started in hysteria but ended with him saying with some level of…
  • What's Important in Life?

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Did you ever see this video by Johnny Cash? At the time he filmed it he was very ill but he didn't know that the love of his life, June, was dying of cancer. She knew and you can see on her face that she doesn't want to leave him alone. The message on this video is that material things don't matter. Superficial nonsense doesn't matter.After I got back from Dyess on Sunday I left every single Facebook forum that I was on, because suddenly it seems stupid. I am focusing on my family and my main passions (PTA and a local resource center for the needy). The rest of it seems superficial and…
  • Jack: from Pre-School to 3rd Grade

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
  • Road Trip Part 3: The Johnny Cash & Country Music Pilgrimage

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:48 pm
    I'm making quite a habit of this; uploading a ton of photos with no accompanying stories. I do apologize but until things get back to "normal" there just isn't the time or the desire to write too much right now.So here's the final leg of their visit. The Johnny Cash tour that I've had rolling around my head for as long as mum and Tom told me they were coming last year. Some of it was pre-planned, some was spur of the moment luck and some was downright cheeky on our part. But ohhh what a trip! First stop Hendersonville.Johnny Cash & June Carter's old house at 200 Caudill Drive,…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Musings from inside, outside, and underneath

  • Photo Wednesday: Lost on the Moon

    Clare
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    I always loved this photo— actually the place. It is like walking on the moon. I guess, for some, it isn’t much of a landscape. But to me, growing up in Wisconsin, being in the dessert is about as unique an experience as you can find. Even better, if you go the right time of year, it isn’t too hot and I can actually enjoy it. This photo was taken in 2007 when my parents were visiting and we traveled to northern Chile, Valle de la Luna.
  • Ending the way many others started

    Clare
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Ready for school   The first day of school, my daughter waved me off, barely giving me a peck goodbye.  She had found her place.  Finally.  She was three, surrounded by friends, books, toys, and learning.  There was activity and attention.  Cloud nine. All year, she has loved school.  Loved her wonderful teacher, Miss Jenny.  Loved her classmates, especially S.  Loved to learn.  She sings songs, tells me stories, points out characters and uses phrases like “that is quite small”.  All year, on days she has school (only twice a week), she wakes up extra early, too…
  • Maybe we need to have “the talk” earlier

    Clare
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Friends invited us over to a little dinner party on their back porch last weekend.  We like visiting them as they have a nearly three-year-old as well.  M and Little Elephant are fabulous friends and school classmates.  He is the sweetest boy who has relentlessly pursued her friendship, hugging, holding hands, and sharing his beloved cars for more than two years.  Note: the first toy Little Elephant. slept with was one of his cars! As she stood by my plate picking at food, M meandered over and announced he wanted to show her something.  He then boldly put his hand out, confident…
  • Photo Wednesday: Stone Carver

    Clare
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:28 am
    Photo: Clare Says All Rights Reserved This man has been at his craft for many decades… and even passed it down to one of his nephews.  His work was amazing and loved his little shop in the “bazaar” in Gjirokaster.  Still wondering if I should get my Little Elephant his carving of Mama and baby elephants…
  • Happy 3rd Birthday

    Clare
    15 Jun 2014 | 7:43 am
    All Rights Reserved Clare Says Dear Little Elephant, Today, you turned three years old!  I can’t believe how fast the time has gone, how big your have gotten, how much you make me laugh, and how proud I am to be your Mommy.  I can only hope to watch you reach 103! You love graham crackers.  This is unfortunate, as they are hard to find overseas.  Luckily, we know where to find the supply locally and when they get in a shipment, I buy multiple boxes.  Then, I take the boxes to my office and bring them home only one at a time (you still haven’t figured out this trick, but I am…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Expat Chronicles

  • Acknowledging the Patrons

    Colin
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:29 am
    Expat Chronicles The Kickstarter campaign for This Mick’s Life was successfully funded. This article is a public dedication of gratitude to my patrons. The word, “patron”, has become confused over time and across languages. In English you may understand it to be a “customer”. But see the patronage article on Wikipedia: Patronage is the support, encouragement, privilege, or financial aid that an organization or individual bestows to another. In the history of art, arts patronage refers to the support that kings, popes and the wealthy have provided to artists…
  • Banging up Girl in Colombia

    Colin
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    Expat Chronicles A major part of The Mick‘s life was his heroin addiction in 1980s Ireland. Capturing that is a challenge for me, someone who’s never taken heroin nor been physically dependent on a drug. ** Today is hte last day of the Kickstarter project to fund This Mick’s Life: Addiction and Underworld from Ireland to Colombia. ** Kendall was also addicted to heroin before coming to Colombia. He identifies a part of the addiction as wanting to get high by injecting drugs into your veins with a needle. He takes to injecting cocaine. This chilling story is about a day…
  • Rock en Español Playlist: Yea or Nay?

    Colin
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Expat Chronicles I rant about Latin culture as much as I want here on the blog. But in person I’ve learned to keep the complaints private. The wise expat knows that gringos have been coming to these lands for hundreds of years, telling the Hispanicized how to improve their societies and be less backward. The obvious effect is generations of built-up resistance to gringo advice, no matter how wise it is. I have learned that and subsequently shut the hell up about things, except on this blog of course. It’s my outlet. But there are some subjects I don’t keep quiet on with…
  • Contributed Story: Scoped in Bogota

    Colin
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    Expat Chronicles This article was contributed by an American living in Bogota. See my article, Scopolamine: Drugged and Robbed in Colombia, if you aren’t aware of its effects and use. [start] There’s a sentiment here in Colombia about papaya. It’s not a fruit or a local delicacy- it has to do with putting yourself in a position to be taken advantage of. If you’re drunk and obnoxious and walking the street with pesos hanging out of your wallet, that’s ‘giving papaya’ to the nth degree. If you’re loosely holding your cell phone by the doorway of…
  • Reddit AMA with The Mick TODAY

    Colin
    3 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Expat Chronicles The Mick The Mick will be answering questions in a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) today, August 3, 2014. UPDATE: The Reddit has finished. It was the #2 AMA for most of the day (second to a goddamn letter carrier), received over 500 comments, and brought 43,000 visitors to Expat Chronicles (an all-time record by about 40,000). The only downside was the Kickstarter donations totaled $80. The campaign still needs $1400 in the next three days! See the Reddit AMA with The Mick: redd.it/2cicp4 If you are arriving from Reddit and have never heard of Christopher (aka ‘The…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Black Chick On Tour

  • 3 Ways To See Toronto!!

    Terri Lundberg
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    Toronto is one of those vibrant cities that takes you by surprise. It’s hip, happening and diverse. To see Toronto in all her glory, I recommend taking to the streets, the water, and the air. Start on the streets with a self-guided walking tour that starts in Chinatown, goes through Kensington Market, and then along [...] The post 3 Ways To See Toronto!! appeared first on Black Chick On Tour.
  • Eating Healthy in Jamaica. Ital is Vital!!

    Terri Lundberg
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
      Eating healthy in Jamaica is easy!! The secret? Ital, the diet of the Rastafari. Ital restaurants, if you can call them that, will not be in the guidebooks. They are truly off the beaten path, on some obscure side street, with a dirt parking lot and picnic tables for eating, if you’re lucky. However, [...] The post Eating Healthy in Jamaica. Ital is Vital!! appeared first on Black Chick On Tour.
  • Authentic. Honest. San Felipe.

    Terri Lundberg
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Out of the blue I received an email from a friend titled, “Best Travel Deal Everrrrrrrr!” And, since she never emails I figured it must be good. This email goes on to explain how a group of friends is renting a house in San Felipe. They’re all meeting in San Diego and road tripping the [...] The post Authentic. Honest. San Felipe. appeared first on Black Chick On Tour.
  • [VIDEO] San Felipe Local Shares Things To Do

    Terri Lundberg
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:35 am
    While in San Felipe I had the pleasure of meeting Kat. She has lived in San Felipe more than 20 years, and she is just one of thousands of expats who now call San Felipe home. She share’s with us her love of this desert coastal town, and the top three things that you must [...] The post [VIDEO] San Felipe Local Shares Things To Do appeared first on Black Chick On Tour.
  • Inforgraphic: How To Get Cheap Airfare

    Terri Lundberg
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:52 pm
    The way to get cheap airfare is to know how they price so that you can avoid the tickets that will fall into the higher pricing tiers. This infographic will show you how to get cheap airfare. The post Inforgraphic: How To Get Cheap Airfare appeared first on Black Chick On Tour.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Simply LeAnne

  • Letters from Egypt: Water Outages will NOT Affect Most of Maadi

    4 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    Yes, most of you will still be able to shower and bowabs will still be able to water sand. People are getting in a panic hearing that various news sources have reported water outages in areas inside of Cairo, particularly those residents in Maadi, starting today from 6 pm until tomorrow morning at 6 am. The story can only be found in Arabic from one site, Almogaz. You will not find the story in other well-known publications like Al Ahram or Al Masry Al Youm. Considering that it’s nearly 3 pm and the scheduled outages are supposed to get underway in three hours, I would have thought it would…
  • Letters from Egypt: Alcohol Licenses under New Government

    14 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    Between continuous raids confiscating alcohol from various popular expat hangouts and other restaurants discontinuing their libation services (TGI Fridays and Fish Market), places where you could grab a cold one after a long day of work seemed to dwindle once Mohamed Morsi was elected president. But now with Sisi in power, it appears to be easier to acquire licensing for alcohol sales. The first thing that you need to understand about Egypt is that everything is paid via bribes or the local term, backsheesh. This has not changed since Mubarak’s era, going into Morsi’s brief stint and now…
  • Letters from Egypt: Carjackings, Gas Prices & Ramadan

    6 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Carjackings There has always been crime, but Egypt was a relatively safe place. In fact, I’d venture to say that it was “stupid safe” (e.g. so safe that you momentarily get stupid and forget to use basic precautions). That has all changed significantly. For any of you that want to compare the crime rates to countries like the US and UK, save it. The reason that this is so important to those of us living here is because it is a sudden hike in criminal activity compared to previous figures. Comparing crime rates to other countries is like comparing apples and oranges. And by doing so, you…
  • Letters from Egypt: SUPRRISE!

    3 Jun 2014 | 3:41 am
    The results from the presidential elections between former army chief Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and previous presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabahy held May 26-28 will be announced today. It was such a close race, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will win… Voter participation was so low that polling stations remained open an extra day. In addition, on May 26 at 11 pm, the government declared May 27 a holiday in hopes of encouraging a higher turnout. Figures out of the Electoral Commission said that 37% of the eligible voters had taken part in the elections although analysts refuted that claim. The…
  • Letters from Egypt: Heading to the Polls (Again)

    26 May 2014 | 3:39 am
    As I ventured downtown Thursday night, people were putting up more General Al Sisi signs. The sites consisted of 3-4 people (depending on the size of the sign) as music blared, unlike previous times that had crowds in the hundreds/thousands celebrating. A friend’s uncle spent LE 1,500 (over $200) for four regular signs and one large sign in support of Sisi (exactly who got that money, I wonder). Some of the Egyptian flags being sold on the street have Sisi's picture printed in the center, yet there are no signs or ads remotely featuring the general’s opponent, Hamdeen Sabahy. Although the…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Ruth's Place

  • A new project

    ruthsplace
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:57 pm
    A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a pattern of my choice in one of my favourite groups on Ravelry. I chose the Happypotamus pattern from the fabulously talented Heidi Bears. I was very disciplined and forced myself to finish off my shawl before starting a new thing. (Shawl needs to be blocked before it’s suitable for photos and the weather at the moment is not conducive to blocking.) Anyway, that’s now done and I’ve made a start. One of them up close. And the start of a hexagon. They go pretty fast. I have a total of 5 motifs finished at the moment. I crocheted while…
  • Daily Life

    ruthsplace
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    I’ve spoken a few times about our trip to school every day. When we moved here at the beginning of 2012 the road in and out of town from where we live was single lane in each direction. Now the road is being up-graded to a two-lane divided road. But while the construction continues traffic is slow. Today on the way home from school we had to stop for traffic of a different sort. A group of these cattle had wandered out of their paddock. Yesterday we had to stop in this spot for a flock of sheep. This is  a section of road that hasn’t been worked on yet. Eventually the…
  • Dyeing yarn again

    ruthsplace
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:58 am
    On the weekend Gorgeous Girl asked if we could dye some more yarn. I fished around in the stash (starting to run out of white dyeable yarn) and found this wool/acrylic blend in cream. We did two batches. First a blue and deep purple. I have to confess that Gorgeous Girl had planned this to be a blue and dark pink. When the pink wasn’t dark enough for her liking I went to add a drop of black food colouring and too much came out. Time to invest in an eyedropper I think. Still, I think it works. The purple sections are a bit darker than the photo, almost black. Next up we dyed some pink…
  • Little finish

    ruthsplace
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Life’s been busy here for the past week. So I only have a little finish to share. Most of this was done in the car (as a passenger), a small hat for charity. Gorgeous Man says it looks like a flapper’s hat from the 1920s. I knitted a flower to go with it. I’m really pleased with how this came together. I hope it brings joy to someone. Gorgeous Girl and I dyed some more yarn today, at her request. At this stage I’m considering one batch a success and one is more ‘meh’ but I’ll make a final assessment once it is dry and re-skeined. Pictures to follow.
  • Playing with yarn

    ruthsplace
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:05 am
    I go a bit mad in our traffic as a passenger if I don’t have anything to do with my hands, it just seems like such a waste of time! So on the way out of the door on Sunday I quickly grabbed a spare ball of yarn from the stash (left over from a pre-Ravelry project) and started crocheting in the car. A basic baby beanie that will be donated to charity. I have some lace knitting on the go as well, but that requires too much concentration to do in the car. This shawl: Pattern is free from Knitty.com. Frost Diamonds. The yarn is much more purple in real life and, because it’s a…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Comments on: About Dinesh Wagle

  • By: विदेशिन आटेको केटो | ब्लगमान्डू

    विदेशिन आटेको केटो | ब्लगमान्डू
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:27 pm
    […] वाग्ले वाग्ले स्ट्रिट जर्नल यो लेख आजको कान्तिपुर कोसेलीमा […] LikeLike
  • By: Dinesh Wagle

    Dinesh Wagle
    6 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Thank you, Hanna. Your story is interesting. LikeLike
  • By: nepalilovestory

    nepalilovestory
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:49 am
    Hi Dinesh dai, thank you so much for the follow. I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Your blog is so impressive and I will definitely be sharing your posts. Your writing and hard work in Nepal is very inspirational. God bless LikeLiked by 1 person
  • By: saroj sharma wagle

    saroj sharma wagle
    26 Dec 2013 | 8:27 am
    Dinesh ji namaskar tapain ko purana lekh haru koje koji padna ko lagi kata link garu.. janakri pauna paye aabhari hune thiea …….n ( wagle bandhu hajur haruko kulayen puja kat garnu huncha ? ) sorry for personal… LikeLike
  • By: NEPAL VOTES: YES, I ALSO VOTED!!! | United We Blog! for a Democratic Nepal

    NEPAL VOTES: YES, I ALSO VOTED!!! | United We Blog! for a Democratic Nepal
    18 Nov 2013 | 8:08 am
    […] By Dinesh Wagle Wagle Street Journal […] LikeLike
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Vietnam extremes updates

  • Runclub.VN

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    Runclub.vn organises weekly run events for those that like to run or want to start running. It doesn’t matter if you are old, young, European/Asia/African, fast, slim, fast or a super-athlete. Everyone and anyone is welcome!At the moment the runs are organised on 3 days. The all include a proper warming up and cooling down session.Tuesday mornings – This is a running session for intermediate to advanced runners. Usually organised around 5:30AM in the morning (great to wake up!) . The distance covered varies between 5KM and 10KM.Wednesday evening – Crescent Mall –…
  • Danang Marathon – 31 Aug 2014

    admin
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    Only one month more until the Danang Marathon. This is a great run which takes you through Danang city. The run starts early morning when it is still cool but the temperature quickly rises and it doesn’t take long before it gets really hot.In 2013 the organisation did a great job organizing the event. The course is mainly flat with some nice bridge in between. Be aware that you may run alone for a long time so that gives a mental challenge.
  • Monster swim Vietnam – Support the Children

    admin
    5 Aug 2013 | 3:51 am
     Please check the charity event website www.monsterswimvietnam.com and support the children charities in Hoi An by buying a T-shirt and Cap for just USD 15 (postage within Vietnam included).Revenues will go directly to Swim Vietnam, CHIA, KIANH and the Hoi An Orphanage.If you are in Hoi An on the 18th of August, please come to see Rudy van Bork swim the 10,2 km ocean.
  • PassedOn on Vietnam Television

    admin
    18 Jan 2013 | 11:03 pm
    View below an explanation on PassedOn in Vietnamese. In short: PassedOn is a great new concept whereby members can create their eWill (emotional Will) for those who they love.PassedOn, một sự bắt đầu của tương lai mạng xã hội xuất phát từ Việt Nam. from PassedOn on Vimeo.
  • Tapas & Wine Festival 2012

    admin
    12 Aug 2012 | 10:06 am
    Where and Where? Running every weekend in August 2012 at the Point in Kumho Link.every Fri from 5pm-7pm,every Sat & Sun from 12 noon- 7pm.The restaurants will be rounded up with Bamboo Bars presenting you the finest they got to offer in Tapas style food. If there is a time to check out everything the Link has got to offer, it’s now! Vouchers Buy a set of vouchers at one of the three entrances (Le Duan, Hai Ba Trung, Nguyen Du) for VND 100,000 and try up to 5 separate cuisines or wines.Masterclasses Masterclass performances run every Sat & Sun from 2-6pm where the Chefs will be…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Expat Life in Belgium, Travel and Photography | CheeseWeb

  • The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – A Photo Tour

    Alison
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:13 pm
    The Rijksmuseum, A Photo Tour Back in the spring, we made a special visit to Keukenhof tulip gardens in the Netherlands. During our stay in Holland, we finally took the time to visit another Dutch landmark that was on my bucket list for years – The Rijksmuseum. Like Paris’ Louvre, the Rijksmuseum is a veritable palace dedicated to visual art, ranging in date from 1100-2000. The collection includes some of the world’s best-known works: Vermeer’s Milkmaid, Van Gogh’s self-portrait and, the crowning glory of the museum, Rembrandt’s Night Watch. Beyond its important collection, the…
  • 2 Authentic Chinese Restaurants in Brussels, Belgium

    Alison
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Best Restaurants in Belgium.2 Authentic Chinese Restaurants in Brussels, Belgium Not all Chinese food is bland and boring in Belgium. We recently found two authentic Chinese restaurants in Brussels that aren’t afraid to spice up your life! While we are spoiled for choice when it comes to international cuisines in Brussels, some restaurants are much less authentic than we would hope. In an attempt to accommodate the Western European palate, a number of restaurants have opted to ‘dumb down’ their offerings, by eliminating spices and textures that…
  • 8 of our Favourite Ethnic Grocery Stores in Brussels, Belgium

    Alison
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Our Top 8 Ethnic Food Shops in Brussels, Belgium Our weekend shopping excursion turned into a scavenger hunt for international cuisine. The result was discovering a variety of great ethnic stores in Brussels. I always joke that when we travel I only buy edible souvenirs. I love buying regional ingredients when I’m on the road, so I can recreate the dishes we enjoyed on our travels back at home. There’s a problem though. Eventually those wonderful products run out – usually after I’m addicted to them. Much as I’d love to travel back to their place of origin to stock up, it’s not…
  • Where to Eat in Belgium, Summer 2014

    Alison
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:39 pm
    This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Best Restaurants in Belgium.Where we’ve been eating this summer in Belgium Every few months I write a round up of the restaurants in Belgium we’ve enjoyed recently. Some are places we’ve written entire reviews on, others are places we enjoyed, but didn’t write full articles about. If you’re venturing beyond the borders of Brussels, here are five great restaurants in Flanders and Wallonia worth a taste. Restaurants in Wallonia Moulin de Val-Dieu, Aubel, Province of Liége We visited this charming restaurant for lunch, after our trip to the…
  • Exploring Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy and Reader Contest!

    Lee McIntyre
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:53 am
    This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series South Tyrol.Exploring Bolzano in South Tyrol, Italy Today our guest contributor, Lee, shares a few of her not-to-be-missed places in Bolzano, a town in Northern Italy where she lived for several years. The town is also the setting for her lighthearted memoir, Life on a Gelato Diet: Everyday Expeditions with an American in Bolzano. Lee is offering CheeseWeb readers a chance to win a special prize in conjunction with the book, so read on! Alison’s recent posts about her trip to the South Tyrol region of Italy brought back memories of the three years…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Blogitse

  • dancer

    BLOGitse
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:54 pm
      MACRO MONDAY2     RUBY TUESDAY TOO     PHOTO PARTY       detail of     this painting     ‘Dancer’ made with marker pen, coffee and watercolor.    
  • painted red flowers

    BLOGitse
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:25 pm
        MACRO MONDAY 2     RUBY TUESDAY TOO     PHOTO PARTY       a detail   of this watercolor painting    
  • water and water cont.

    BLOGitse
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:22 pm
      The other day we had a short but very hard rain…       These are July memories from Kuhmo.   This part of the white-water, Akonkoski, was calm but I liked the sound of it….       I’ve been painting, trying to learn more – not easy but very meditative… I didn’t try to copy the photo, rather get inspiration….         Shadow Shot Sunday2     Sundays In My City       Have a relaxing weekend!     ps. next weekend I’ll have a blogging break - I’ll…
  • red eye or not

    BLOGitse
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:02 pm
          MACRO MONDAY2     RUBY TUESDAY TOO       a detail of my painting made with Chinese ink and watercolor   Here’s the whole painting What do you see in this painting?      
  • a land of a thousand lakes – Finland

    BLOGitse
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:34 pm
      We have about 180.000 lakes.   Here are a couple of shots from Saimaa,   the biggest lake in Finland.                     Water and water.   I’ve started to paint again.   I like to play – here’s what I did with black ink (left hand) and watercolor     details       I’ll show more of my paintings at upcoming weekends….       Shadow Shot Sunday2     Sundays In My City     Have a relaxing weekend!      
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Everyone's Expat Blog Posts - Expatacular! - Global Expat Community

  • you guys have wechat(微信) software on your cellphone?

    wang ye
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:51 pm
    my dear Shenyang friends,now here in China, wechat(微信),a software on cellphone is quite popular,install it and add me"qitian0007" ,glad to make more friends!
  • Wow, Actor and comedian Robin Williams died today

    Dwayne & Samantha
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:29 pm
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/11/robin-williams-dead-dies_n_5670050.html
  • Looking for a job in dongguan city

    Hank
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Hi,everyone. i'm currently Looking for a job in dongguan city. I would like find a job like sales or Customer Service or Project Coordinator in international company. if anyone knows some company interested someone like me..please let me know..Thanks.My major is business Japanese. And my english is good enough work with foreign company. I like sales and i'm confident. I'm a very intelligent young man with a bright personality. I believe i can do well at any task i undertake. more about me please contact me at hankchen85@sina.com. or can directly call my China or HK number(ask me). Thanks.
  • Color laser printers in Shenyang

    Dwayne & Samantha
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Any of you bought a NAME BRAND color laser printer in Shenyang? I am not interested in some weird brand name down on computer street, but a real normal brand like Cannon, Minolta etc. ?
  • Software

    Dwayne & Samantha
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    Anyone tried forum software? Which ones did you like or hate? I have recently bought 80 new websites domain names, i bought most for work some are for technology or sci fi things, others are communities for sci-fi themed arena And i want to make several of them into fan forums / community sites I am looking at many brands of software and also themes and templates for WP But am open to anything that is reasonable price but also easy to use, AND not a pain in the ass to maintain and run Its always better to get input from people that have been there, done that and have direct input as to the…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Australian Daisy

  • Playing billiard in Australia

    Daisy
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Billiard is an established pastime and sport in Australia. It has a presence both at home and in bars as well. Families pass down the enjoyment of this game to the next generations. Friends bond over a game of pool and beer. It is a great game to pick up. Moreover, many Australians have also achieved great success in the sport domestically and internationally. Competitive play Billiard is a well-recognized sport in Australia. One of the most successful billiard players internationally, Walter Lindrum, is an Aussie himself. The Australian Billiards and Snooker Council (ABSC) oversees the…
  • Best fishing spots in Australia

    Daisy
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    Australia is a fisherman’s heaven. Almost every coastline that encircles Australia teems with life and every location provides its own unique fishing experience. There are great fishing spots for the kayak fisherman, the boat fisherman and the land angler. There are some spots that offer nicer scenery and others that boast the greatest variety of fishes. That’s why it is so hard to narrow down the best fishing spots in Australia. But, I have done it anyway. While this list is not definitive and certainly not exhaustive, the spots chosen are some of the best in their respective regions.
  • How to get started with archery in Australia

    Daisy
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Archery as a sport in Australia and all over the world has been gaining greater traction these days. And no wonder because it is a great sport for training patience, consistency and resilience. It is also great for overall body conditioning. Research about the sport Before starting out, you should learn a bit more about the sport, including the types of archery available such as compound bow. Besides the archery you see at the Olympics (called target archery by the way), there are also other disciplines like 3D archery involving shooting at animal-size targets and field archery where you…
  • Picking the right faucets for an Australian home

    Daisy
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:46 am
    Faucets are a staple in any home and a crucial factor in jazzing up any kitchen or bathroom. A great waterfall faucet can elevate an ordinary kitchen or bathroom into a great one. Homegrown or international faucet manufacturer? In Australia, the two biggest faucet manufacturers are Strommen (products designed and produced in Australia), and Kohler (American-based company). Bigger companies have nation-wide presence so it’s easier to visit their showrooms to get a feel of the faucets. Also, they tend to offer a better range of services including post-purchase reparation. However, it may be…
  • The best time to barbecue in Australia

    Daisy
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:38 am
    Australia has a long and great tradition of barbecue. We put the shrimp on the barbie whenever possible, rain, snow or shine. We just can’t get enough of our meat, the great outdoors and the company of friends and family. Although Australians can and will make any type of weather barbecue weather, it is still helpful to know the ideal time for a barbecue in Australia. Unless you want to end up like this guys below: Summertime = Barbecue time? Many of us equate the scorching summertime to barbecue time. Summer offers less chance of rain, snow or anything falling from the sky for that matter.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    SOVEREIGN MAN

  • This is epic: China has lost 55% of its most valuable resource

    Simon Black
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    August 26, 2014 Shanghai, China A few days ago I had a conversation with the Chief Operating Officer for our agricultural fund in Chile. We were discussing water, and he told me that roughly 60% of California right now is suffering “extreme drought” conditions. 30% of the state is in “severe drought”. And 10% of the state is only under “drought”. In other words, roughly the entire state– the 8th largest economy in the world– is facing a severe shortage of water. But if you think that’s bad, China is about to take over the spotlight yet again. A study by China’s…
  • Who will end up wearing the Emperor’s new clothes?

    Tim Price
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    August 26, 2014 London, England [Editor’s note: This missive was penned by Tim Price of PFP Wealth Management in the UK, a frequent contributor to Sovereign Man] Few films have managed to convey the feeling of approaching menace more effectively than Jeff Nichols’ 2011 drama, ‘Take Shelter’. Its blue collar protagonist, Curtis LaForche, played by the lantern-jawed Michael Shannon – whose sepulchral bass tones make his every utterance sound like someone slowly dragging a coffin over a cello – begins to suffer terrifying dreams and visions. He responds by building a storm shelter in…
  • How Adolf Hitler screwed me

    Simon Black
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:23 am
    August 25, 2014 Shanghai, China I was sitting on the plane waiting for take off when the captain came on and uttered words you never want to hear in aviation: “Ladies and Gentlemen, I have some bad news.” It turned out that a German construction crew had dug up some WWII-era unexploded ordnance, and since it was so close to the Frankfurt airport, they were going to have to shut down all air operations until a EOD crew could take care of it. With such a tight layover, there was no chance I would make my connecting flight to Ethiopia. And that was a major bummer, because I had a lot…
  • 017: How Adolf Hitler screwed me

    Simon Black
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    World War II ended nearly 70 years ago. Yet the ramifications of this event… and the consequences of a single person’s decisions from decades past… still affect people’s lives to this day. Even where you’d least expect it… something as simple and innocuous as a routine passenger flight decades later… gets disrupted because of idiotic decisions made today.
  • Wow. China’s reaction: America is a “disgusting thief spying over his neighbor’s fence.”

    Simon Black
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    August 23, 2014 En route to Shanghai Only hours ago the US government announced that a Chinese fighter jet had intercepted an American military patrol plane over international waters east of China’s Hainan Island. A Pentagon spokesman called China’s actions “unsafe and unprofessional”, and blasted such unprovoked aggression. There was no mention as to why a US surveillance plane was just off the Chinese coast to begin with. They’re just playing the victim… and rather loudly at that. Needless to say, the Chinese government has a slightly different story. I…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Czech Off the Beaten Path

  • Getting Ready to Move to My Own Site!

    Sher
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:45 am
    Hi Everyone,For a long time I've been wanting to move Czech Off the Beaten Path to its own website. I finally took the plunge and bought the domain a couple of days ago. You can find the new site here:  Czech Off the Beaten Path. Right now there's only a "Welcome" page, but the plan is to move this blog over there. The new home will include this blog and the information from my Czech Off the Beaten Path site all in one place. Having a home for all my Czech Off the Beaten Path stuff will be the best and make accessing information much easier for readers. Next StepsThe next steps…
  • Happy Fourth of July!

    Sher
    4 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    Hi Everyone,After moving to the Czech Republic, people back home were shocked to learn that Czechs don't celebrate the Fourth of July. This holiday is an important one in the U.S., but not in the Czech Republic. The 4th of July is strictly an American holiday. Being an expat I still celebrate the 4th in my own way.How I Celebrate the 4th of July in Another CountryI enjoy wearing my t-shirt with fireworks, which says, "Happy Fourth!" It's also fun to watch fireworks displays online; this is much better for my lungs. Fireworks typically cause my asthma to worsen and that's not much fun on. You…
  • Spring in Praha March 2014

    Sher
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:33 am
    Hi Everyone,We're having a beautiful spring here, in Prague. Today was so pretty--my walk this afternoon was soothing and relaxing. Really spectacular weather. The fruit trees have begun to blossom and the bumble bees are busy! I've taken a few pictures and put them together in a video.This video is the very first I've made, so please bear with the quality. I just wanted to try something new. It's better to watch it in HD--the pictures come out clearer. I'll have to learn how to manage all the settings for the best quality streaming.Give it a try--enjoy!It was fun putting this…
  • The Ukraine Crisis as Seen from Our Backyard

    Sher
    13 Mar 2014 | 7:37 am
    Map provided by Google Maps(Click on the map to see details)Hi Everyone,There’s been a lot of political unrest in the Ukraine the past couple of years, which boiled over about a month ago into violence between Ukrainian police and civilians on the Maidan in Kiev. Here, in the Czech Republic, we’re looking at the crisis in our own backyard. Ukrainian Crisis Near, Yet Not So NearFirst off, when I say the Ukrainian crisis is in our backyard, it is. Prague is about 729 miles (1172.6 km) from Kiev and is 1252 miles (2014 km) from the Crimea. In the European perspective of distances Prague is a…
  • Home Rentals in Prague

    Sher
    5 Mar 2014 | 4:37 am
    Flat available for rent in VinohradyPhoto:  Home Sweet HomeHi Everyone,Have you thought about coming to Prague for a month or more? If so, you might want to consider renting a flat during your stay. Or maybe you’re considering a move to Prague, but aren’t sure which part of the city is best for you. Rather than buying a flat right away, renting a flat in Praguemay be the way to go. You won’t feel tied to one place; if one area of Prague’s not comfortable, you can move to another section of the city.  Prague offers a variety of beautiful areas to live, for instance,…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Monkeys and Mountains

  • Exploring the Western Coast of Finland #OutdoorsFinland

    Laurel
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The original can be found here: Exploring the Western Coast of Finland #OutdoorsFinland. Please read the original. I'll be exploring the west coast of Finland and can't wait to visit Vaasa, Björköby, Kalajoki and Liminka Bay - now I just have to figure out how to pronounce them! Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Houseboating the Mayenne: What You Need to Know

    Laurel
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    The original can be found here: Houseboating the Mayenne: What You Need to Know. Please read the original. One of the biggest advantages of houseboating along the Mayenne River in France is that you don't need a driver's licence. Here's what else you need to know: Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Hiking to Bachalpsee and the Faulhorn

    Laurel
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    The original can be found here: Hiking to Bachalpsee and the Faulhorn. Please read the original. The hike to Bachalpsee and the Faulhorn located in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland has it all. Mountain Lake? Check. Glaciers? Check. Majestic peaks? Check! Wildflowers? Check! Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Houseboating the Mayenne

    Laurel
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:03 am
    The original can be found here: Houseboating the Mayenne. Please read the original. A photojourney of housboating the Mayenne from Daon to Laval and back. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • How to Really Discover Italy

    Guest Post
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    The original can be found here: How to Really Discover Italy. Please read the original. Find out how to really discover Italy with these tips by Agata Mleckzo, who considers it to be her second home. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Expat Coach Association

  • Coach of the Month: Cha Jones

    Margie
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Name:  Cha Jones Title:  Founder & CEO Business Name:  Expat Women of Color & The Nomadic Chick Blog Client Testimonials:  http://www.chajones.com/#!meet-cha/c10m2 Niche/Specialties:  Transition Coaching, Intercultural Awareness, Student Success Coaching, Expat Reediness, Study Abroad Prep, and Intercultural Training & Development Expat Experience:  I am a lifelong traveler and lover of cultures. I became an expat after moving to Seoul, South Korea in 2009. I found myself in Korea after sitting on my coach dreaming about seeing the world. In two days, I had manifested an ESL…
  • Coach of the Month – Cha Jones

    Margie
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Name:  Cha Jones Title:  Founder & CEO Business Name:  Expat Women of Color & The Nomadic Chick Blog Client Testimonials:  http://www.chajones.com/#!meet-cha/c10m2 Niche/Specialties:  Transition Coaching, Intercultural Awareness, Student Success Coaching, Expat Reediness, Study Abroad Prep, and Intercultural Training & Development Expat Experience:  I am a lifelong traveler and lover of cultures. I became an expat after moving to Seoul, South Korea in 2009. I found myself in Korea after sitting on my coach dreaming about seeing the world. In two days, I had manifested an ESL…
  • Coaches of the Month – Debra Bryson and Charise Hoge

    Margie
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Debra (left) and Charise (right) Names:  Debra Bryson and Charise Hoge Title:  Certified Coaches, Authors of A Portable Identity, and Certified GoCulture Assessment Coaches Business Name:  Take Charge of Change Client Testimonials: “Bryson and Hoge have given us an excellent plan of action to deal with our own personal and cultural adjustments in the overseas settings.” – Thomas A. Rodgers, M.D., U.S. Department of State Niche/Specialties:  Expats in transition; particularly accompanying spouses. Expat Experience:  We met in Bangkok, Thailand over 25 years ago where we…
  • Coaches of the Month: Debra Bryson and Charise Hoge

    Margie
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Debra (left) and Charise (right) Names:  Debra Bryson and Charise Hoge Title:  Certified Coaches, Authors of A Portable Identity, and Certified GoCulture Assessment Coaches Business Name:  Take Charge of Change Client Testimonials: “Bryson and Hoge have given us an excellent plan of action to deal with our own personal and cultural adjustments in the overseas settings.” – Thomas A. Rodgers, M.D., U.S. Department of State Niche/Specialties:  Expats in transition; particularly accompanying spouses. Expat Experience:  We met in Bangkok, Thailand over 25 years ago where we…
  • Home Lost, Home Found, Home Lost Again – The Cycles of Life After Expatriating and Repatriating

    markelh
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    The World Cup has gotten me thinking about the impact of life as an Expat.  More importantly how strongly it impacts our identity and our being to adapt to a new culture, and then dare to return to the one you started in. You may have just thought, “Oh, you mean Repatriating!”  Actually, I mean something I don’t have a word for – I repatriated to New York years ago, from France.  However, even years and years later, I am profoundly affected and changed in ways that still amaze me now.  I am fortunate to visit France almost every year, for many years now.  I am…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    You're Not From Around Here, Are You?

  • Playing hide and seek in Jerash – Jordan

    steve
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    The archaeological site lies right next to the modern city of Jerash After a long route driving to Umm Qais and Aljun castle we arrived at the Roman city of Jerash at about 4pm. Our driver told us we’d need about 3 hours to look round properly. Sunset was a long way off, so I suggested “OK, so it’s 4pm now – shall we meet at 7pm?” “No, it closes at 5pm” “…” Hadrians Arch – the entrance to Jerash Not having much choice, we got a move on and met our guide at the gate. He seemed in no rush at all, so we sauntered through the impressive Hadrian’s Arch to arrive at…
  • In pictures: Qa’lat Al-Rabad – Ajlun Castle, Jordan

    steve
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    Ajlun Castle (from the carpark) On the way back from Umm Qais we stopped at Ajlun Castle. Known locally by its original name of  Qa’lat Al-Rabad, most guides and books just reference it by the nearest town of Ajlun. Approaching the castle from the car park it looks very European. Four walls, cornered by four towers and a deep moat. It was actually built by one of Saladin’s generals to protect against the European crusaders in 1184AD. Ajlun was of strategic value as it contained numerous iron mines, so the castle to defend the three main routes leading to the Jordan Valley and the…
  • Standing at the border of Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Israel – Umm Qais, Jordan

    steve
    12 Jun 2014 | 6:55 am
    Our first day trip in Jordan was barely in Jordan. Driving to the extreme north west of Jordan from our base in Amman the road signs often listed as many countries as cities. As we passed through Irbid, the last major town before the border, the signs read turn left for Israel, turn right for Syria or straight ahead to Lebanon. Arriving at Umm Qais, or Umm Quays as it’s often spelt, was a bit of an anti-climax. Dating back to the 3rd century BC, the initial view is piles upon piles of boulders. Beyond that are more boulders lining a short road up a hill. Cresting the hill reveals the rest…
  • AutoBeijing Motor Show

    steve
    12 May 2014 | 5:17 am
    Bugatti Veyron Getting to the International Exhibition Centre A motor journalist friend got us access to the media day at the AutoBeijing motor show. I agreed, thinking it was at the China International Exhibition Centre in the middle of town, a twenty minute cab ride away. Looking at the tickets whe they arrived it was at the New China International Exhibition Center, about an hour outside of town. No matter – we drove out about 80% of the way then parked near one of the above ground metro stops. The quoted price for a day of parking was 2rmb, but the guy with the tickets was collecting…
  • A wet week in the Weald – Seven Sisters Country Park, UK

    steve
    29 Apr 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Brighton Pavilion After three months in the US, Mexico and Cuba we took the opportunity to take a ten day layover in the UK on the way home to China. Rather than just stay in London we went down to Brighton in Sussex for the weekend, and from there went to show H round the area where I grew up. Devil’s Dyke As is stereotypical for the UK, but not that common, the weather was wet and foggy. From Brighton we drove up to one of the highest hills in the area, called Devil’s Dyke. Usually there’s a spectacular view across from the South Downs (the hills we were standing on) across the…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Displaced Nation

  • BOOKLUST, WANDERLUST: Jane Fletcher Geniesse’s biography of the passionate nomad (but displaced expat) Freya Stark

    The Displaced Nation Team
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    Attention displaced bookworms! Our book review columnist, Beth Green, is back. An American who lives in Prague, Beth mixes booklust with wanderlust in equal measures, which gives her just the right background for reviewing book releases on behalf of international creatives. —ML Awanohara Hello again, Displaced Nationers! Hasn’t the summer gone by fast? How’s your […]
  • For this adult TCK writer with an ocean-loving soul and a passion for travel, a picture says…

    The Displaced Nation Team
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Welcome to our monthly series “A picture says…”, created to celebrate expats and other global residents for whom photography is a creative outlet. The series host is English expat, blogger, writer, world traveler and photography enthusiast James King, who thinks of a camera as a mirror with memory. If you like what you see here, […]
  • LOCATION, LOCUTION: Jessica Bell – Australian contemporary fiction author in Ithaca, Greece

    The Displaced Nation Team
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:49 pm
    In this month’s “Location, Locution”, expat crime writer JJ Marsh interviews Jessica Bell, a thirty-something Australian-native contemporary fiction author, poet and singer/songwriter/ guitarist. Jessica is the Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal and the director of the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca. She makes a living as a writer/editor for […]
  • THE LADY WHO WRITES: Get over yourself, and start promoting that novel!

    The Displaced Nation Team
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    The Lady Who Writes, Meagan Adele Lopez, is back today: we’ve missed her! Once again, she’ll be doling out practical advice based on her own experience for expats and other international creatives who are engaged in writing novels using some of the material gathered from their novel, shall we say, life stories. Meagan is a […]
  • And the July 2014 Alices go to … these 4 international creatives

    The Displaced Nation Team
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    If you are a subscriber to our weekly newsletter, the Displaced Dispatch, you’re already in the know. But if you’re not, listen up. (Hey, why aren’t you? Off with your head!) Every week, when that esteemed publication comes out, we present contenders for a monthly “Alice Award,” most of whom are writers or other kinds […]
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Expat Ukraine Forum

  • Re: Russian Humanitarian Mission will happen imminently

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    It is more complicated than it might seem, because there are various reciprocal issues related to prisoners.  For example, there was that situation where UA soldiers ran out of ammunition and were cornered by separatists and had to cross the border int...
  • Re: Nine-year old in Uzi Gun lesson Accident

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    An even younger kid accidentally killed himself at a gun fair, with an Uzi a couple of years ago.You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
  • Re: Nine-year old in Uzi Gun lesson Accident

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:47 am
    ...no age restrictions on too much firearm vs. not enough brains... You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
  • Re: Russian Humanitarian Mission will happen imminently

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:37 am
    ...oh, deary dear dear...what should be done with the stupid "wabbits" with no sense of direction....oh, oh, oh --- I know... You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
  • Re: Etiquette of reclining seats on flights

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:25 am
    You are not allowed to view links. Register or LoginThis why Exit row and bulkhead seating now costs extra.  And worth every kopek....ABSOLUTELY! ...I ALWAYS DO THIS! ...AND THEN SOME CLOWN --- MOST LIKELY A BEAN C...
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    [MM] Muscat Mutterings

  • Pointless Poll - Cinemas in Muscat

    Sythe
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    So I thought I'd see what you all think about the cinema situation here in Muscat. The survey is super short and shouldn't take you more than a minute to do, and it's right here......More soon.le fin.
  • VW & Audi tuning in Muscat

    Sythe
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Now, people that know me, and perhaps some that have been following me on twitter for some time may know that I have a VW Golf GTI. It's my baby, I love it. I call her Gina. Gina the GTI. She's a MkV GTI (getting a bit old now that MkVII are out) and I still enjoy driving the car, it puts a smile on me every day, and I miss it when I go on vacation.Yes I'm a closet car nerd.Some years ago, I had the car remapped ("chipped" for the older folk) that caused some undesired problems with my car. I had the car flashed back to stock by the dealership here but I guess they messed something up because…
  • MuscatWhere.com

    Sythe
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Unless you are new to Oman, or have been living under a rock - you should by now know all about the hugely popular and useful Muscat Where Can I Find? fb page. It's a mine of local information, and something that is badly needed since Oman Forum died a death (I still don't know what happened to it).Essentially, the core concept of the MWCIF is you ask a question, like for example: MWCIF a chalk board? And then people will reply with comments on suggestions on where you can find a chalk board. It's super, duper useful.Except there's one problem, FB being what it is, it doesn't lend itself too…
  • Sas 48 - what can you do in 48h?

    Sythe
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Between the 18th and 20th of September at the Al Mouj golf club, the Information Technology Authority in partnership with Garage48 are running a mobile apps and web development contest. The winner gets RO 10,000 - not a bad chunk of change!They are looking for people with different backgrounds, based in these categories:Visionary Entrepreneurs (whatever that is), Programmers, Designers, Marketers and Project Managers.Here's the blurb ripped from their website (where you can sign up to join this):Do you have a big idea in Mobile Apps development or Web Development field? Are you looking for…
  • Sifawy / Azzura offer

    Sythe
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    The people that run the Sifawy Boutique Hotel and the exceptionally lovely SY Azzura have put together a pretty special package for citizens and residents of Oman this coming 5th and 6th of September.The deal includes the following:Transfer to and from Sifawy Boutique Hotel aboard SY Azzura; departing from Marina Bandar al Rowdha at 11am Friday 5th September and a stop off in Bandar Kiran for swimming and a light lunch on the way to the hotel. Sifawy departure on Saturday 6th will be at 1500.  Accommodation in either a Standard Room (OMR120 based on double occupancy) or a Marina Suite…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    In Search of a Life Less Ordinary

  • The Most Interesting Thing You'll Read Today

    Russell Ward
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    This year’s 47th Sydney International Boat Show was another resounding success, with thousands of people descending on Darling Harbour and Glebe Island over five days for an annual fix of all that the boating life has to offer.Currently on my travels on the other side of the world, I was unable to attend but keen to learn more about this show and what makes it such an important event for outdoors enthusiasts and exhibitors alike.My good friend, David Ingram, kindly agreed to head down in my place. David is a successful entrepreneur based in Sydney and a fellow British expat with a real…
  • Sliding Doors, Parallel Lives

    Russell Ward
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    I'm fascinated by the different lives we can lead through the choices we make.Every day, we're faced with decisions and possibilities. Every day, the choices we make can create new outcomes and drastically change our lives - or keep us steady where we are. Some choices have less effect, while others are more dramatic.When Helen Quilley is fired from her job in the film, Sliding Doors, we're shown the two paths her life could take depending on whether or not she catches that train.Two paths with two contrasting outcomes.Just how many sliding doors do each of us make or miss every day in…
  • Second Impressions of a First Home

    Russell Ward
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    England can be a funny place when you've been away for a while.Things that were once normal now seem odd and quirky but, as the visitor (the 'outsider'), you're the only one who thinks so.Take the people for a start. Once you've peeled away the layer of politeness (and we English are polite to the extreme), you discover the talkers. Because the English love a good chat and a gossip.The shop assistant wants a natter. The guy in the petrol station loves a chinwag. And the plumbers, carpenters and electricians can't resist the urge for a cup of tea and conversation. It's a wonder they get…
  • A Life On The Water: Home Or Away

    Russell Ward
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Unless you've been under a rock, you'll know that I'm on a sojourn to the UK.I've been getting reacquainted with my old home, travelling around the land, revisiting places from a former life. On other trips, it didn't seem so important but on this visit, it feels like I need to do so.With this craving to wander, I visited the west of Wales and Ceredigion county, where coastal paths were hiked, inland waterways photographed and the region's estuaries viewed from afar. At North Devon and Cornwall, I returned to the holiday destinations of my youth: to Bude, Croyde, Woolacombe and Saunton…
  • Minimalise Your Life

    Russell Ward
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Minimalism is often seen as a dirty word.Getting rid of everything you've worked hard for. Giving up prized possessions for little or no return. Ditching the radio, phone or Internet. Losing a cherished car or abandoning the beloved TV.The truth is that it's none of this.Minimalism is about reducing "stuff". Minimalism is eliminating unnecessary acquisitions. Minimalism is decluttering, eradicating, freeing, cutting back, letting go.I've become increasingly minimalist over time. To declutter is to cleanse. Removing unnecessary items brings me a sense of peace, of calm. I can think. I can…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    AsianTalks.com

  • Greg, Freelance writer and Author of “Blog it japan” Pt 4

    Callan
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Greg is a personable and witty freelance writer from St. Louis, Missouri who has been living as an expat for more than 10 years. If you are interested in traveling to Japan or just looking for an adventure, you’ll love blogitjapan.com; a blog dedicated to people who are interested in what it’s like being a foreigner living in Japan, or people who are considering traveling to the country. Check out this interview as we focus on the positivity of Japan and Greg’s constructive insights on Japan’s: education system, culture and customs, stereotypes and business etiquette; as well as some…
  • Greg, Freelance writer and Author of “Blog it japan” Pt 3

    Callan
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Greg is a personable and witty freelance writer from St. Louis, Missouri who has been living as an expat for more than 10 years. If you are interested in traveling to Japan or just looking for an adventure, you’ll love blogitjapan.com; a blog dedicated to people who are interested in what it’s like being a foreigner living in Japan, or people who are considering traveling to the country. Check out this interview as we focus on the positivity of Japan and Greg’s constructive insights on Japan’s: education system, culture and customs, stereotypes and business etiquette; as well as some…
  • Greg, Freelance writer and Author of “Blog it japan” Pt 2

    Callan
    20 Jun 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Greg is a personable and witty freelance writer from St. Louis, Missouri who has been living as an expat for more than 10 years. If you are interested in traveling to Japan or just looking for an adventure, you’ll love blogitjapan.com; a blog dedicated to people who are interested in what it’s like being a foreigner living in Japan, or people who are considering traveling to the country. Check out this interview as we focus on the positivity of Japan and Greg’s constructive insights on Japan’s: education system, culture and customs, stereotypes and business etiquette; as well as some…
  • In My Brown Eyes

    Patrick Lu
    10 Jun 2014 | 11:44 am
    My cousin Louis and I moved to La Habra Heights late last year. It is the city my cousin used to live in when he first came to Los Angeles from Michigan about eight years ago. He has moved to many places ever since. Now, we are back. Speaking of the area, it is actually pretty beneficial for Chinese people to live in nearby Rowland Heights, a place where majority of the population are Asian, Chinese mostly. Those authentic, top notch Chinese restaurants are just a few blocks away. We used to drive across the hill to have dinner there, while enjoying the better surroundings living in La Habra…
  • Greg, Freelance writer and Author of “Blog it japan”

    Callan
    5 Jun 2014 | 11:06 am
    Greg is a personable and witty freelance writer from St. Louis, Missouri who has been living as an expat for more than 10 years. If you are interested in traveling to Japan or just looking for an adventure, you’ll love blogitjapan.com; a blog dedicated to people who are interested in what it’s like being a foreigner living in Japan, or people who are considering traveling to the country. Check out this interview as we focus on the positivity of Japan and Greg’s constructive insights on Japan’s: education system, culture and customs, stereotypes and business etiquette; as well as some…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Le Franco Phoney

  • French ads, dubbed in French

    Wendy
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:28 am
    French TV excels at dubbing over original-language movies in French. Why bother with subtitles when you can talk over world-class actors? But it’s not just the world-class actors who are dubbed. Take this McDonald’s advertisement. It advertises Toy Story DVDs. There is no dubbing yet, but hang in there while I explain. Here’s the ad if you want to see it, otherwise, skip over it (those receiving this in their inbox will need to click through to see the video): The driver starts ordering her food when a kid pops his head out of the back window and starts ordering what he…
  • Shopping bargains?

    Wendy
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:58 am
    Do you collect stamps at supermarkets? The ones that give you a discount to some big brand name as long as you’ve spent hundreds at the supermarket offering the great deal? I remember my mum collecting stamps for a new set of posh crockery. We shifted our old seventies brown plates and bowls to the back of the cupboard and moved into the eighties with beige, patterned crockery. It took her months to save those stamps so that she could buy the full set, and I’m pretty sure she had to spend thousands of Australian dollars at that supermarket. Things aren’t that different here…
  • Ricard jugs and vide greniers

    Wendy
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:19 am
    Let’s start with a few statements. 1. Ricard is a popular drink in France. 2. Vide grenier sales (car boot sales or trash and treasures) are popular in France. 3. At least 10% of all stands at a vide grenier must be selling Ricard jugs. I’m pretty sure #3 is the law in France. Go to any vide grenier in France and I guarantee you will find a good variety of Ricard paraphernalia, ranging from heavy pottery jugs through to gaudy plastic ashtrays. Ricard is an aniseed-based alcohol that’s popular in France, and it seems that every French household has nicked a jug from their…
  • Confusing weather for plants

    Wendy
    9 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    After more than a month of rainy weather here in the French Alps, we’re having a second spring! The sun has timidly arrived, and the plants are confused. Pictured are some strawberries in my strawberry patch. The plants normally flower in May and October only. It’s now August and I’m picking strawberries every day. My bulbs for tulips and daffodils are resprouting and the geraniums on my balcony are almost dead from being drenched day and night. My garden isn’t alone. People are already out collecting mushrooms two months earlier than usual. This is the oddest summer…
  • The French love affair with English words

    Wendy
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:39 am
    Did you know that France is the world’s most popular country for tourism? Despite their reputed gruffness, the French population must be doing something right, right? France is a proud nation of people who (sometimes illogically) support regional food and wine, get a little arty farty at times, and make me feel like a complete frump in comparison to their natural chic. Their approach to language is no different. Who doesn’t love the sound of a French voice whooshing effortlessly through sentences? The rest of the world loves it and the French know it. They’re keen to…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    EXPATLOG

  • Point & Shoot: The Final Countdown

    Aisha Ashraf
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Next week I'll walk my children to school and, instead of having S's incomparable company for the return journey, I'll be walking back alone... The post Point & Shoot: The Final Countdown appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • Humor & Depression

    Aisha Ashraf
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Between the ages of twelve and thirteen I discovered being funny made switching schools easier. I found this poem I wrote back then that could have applied to the comic luminary we lost earlier this week. The post Humor & Depression appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • Holding On – thoughts on suicide

    Aisha Ashraf
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    I heard the news of Robin Williams’ death late on Monday and felt the familiar, hypocritical shock when I learned it was suicide... The post Holding On – thoughts on suicide appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • Point & Shoot: This American Life

    Aisha Ashraf
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:13 pm
    It’s funny, when I was fifteen I was convinced I was born in the wrong time. I should have existed in 1950’s New York ... as James Dean The post Point & Shoot: This American Life appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • All The Things He Said

    Aisha Ashraf
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I’m pretty sure they shouted ‘SURPRISE!!!’ but it’s a little fuzzy... The post All The Things He Said appeared first on EXPATLOG.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    iExpats

  • Boosting A Pension Pot With Revolving Contributions

    Lisa Smith
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Retirement savers can boost their finances by taking advantage of a tax twist written into the government’s new pension rules. The top up method applies to couples over 55 years old with one partner still working after April 2015. All they have to do is claim pension contribution relief by using their pensions as a revolving investment. Under the rules that come in to force from April 2015, the wife injects £2,880 into her pension after April 6, when the new tax year starts. As a basic rate taxpayer, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) tops up her contribution by £720 to £3,600. The pension…
  • Protecting Expat Cash In Offshore Savings Accounts

    Jim Atkins
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Expat savers dealing with unfamiliar banks are unlikely to know how much of their cash is protected if the foreign bank goes bust. In Britain, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) safeguards up to £85,000 held by each person in accounts under a single banking licence. Each building society has a banking licence, but protection with high street banks is blurred because several have more than one brand held under the same licence. For instance, Lloyds Bank owns the Halifax, so a couple with £250,000 on deposit with the two banks only has £170,000 protected. How much protection?
  • Offshore Fixed Savings Rates – August 6, 2014

    Jim Atkins
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:39 pm
    A new three-year fixed rate bond from the Nationwide at a 2.3% interest rate is the only change in the top 20 offshore fixed rate savings table from last week. Nationwide does demand a £5,000 minimum deposit to get the deal – which is low in comparison to those required by many other banks and building societies looking for expat savings. Fixed offshore savings rates have slowly ratcheted up over recent weeks, but are not expected to change much until later in the year when banks and building societies have a better idea of when the Bank of England might start to raise the official…
  • 95,000 Financial Institutions Enlist For FATCA

    Jim Atkins
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:29 pm
    More than 95,000 financial institutions are listed on the latest Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) list published by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). With the publication of the third list on August 1, 2014, the number of financial institutions listed has mushroomed from 77,000 to 95,238 in just four weeks. The list shows financial institutions from 220 countries and territories. The list merely shows the institution has registered under the FATCA rules and does not necessarily mean the bank or financial firm is complying with the reporting rules. FATCA applications still pending…
  • Week in Expat Money Matters 18th August – 24th August 2014

    Lisa Smith
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:50 am
    Below are the articles from last week, documenting events from the world of expatriate finance, as reported on iExpats and from other places across the web: From iExpats.com: African Ebola Virus IS Worst Outbreak Ever Be under no illusions, the Ebola outbreak is a problem that could very soon affect countries outside of Africa. Over 700 people have fallen victim to the deadly disease thus far…. Offshore Fixed Savings Rates – July 31, 2014 Find out more about QROPS For more information about the basic features, benefits and advantages of QROPS, and to find out if the scheme is right for…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    expatsblog.com

  • Pension liberation scam victim commits suicide after losing £42000

    Steph MacDonald
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    An anonymous victim, aged 40, committed suicide recently after being defrauded of all his pension pot by cold-calling crooks who told him his pension could be unlocked early. The tragedy was announced as part of an anti-[ension fraud campaign being run by HM Revenue and Customs, the Pensions Regulator and the police. According to the... Expats Blog -
  • New online map charts British Curriculum schools across the world

    Louise Baldwin
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    A new, fully comprehensive map shwoing the location of schools offering the British Curriculum has been launched online and is aimed at helping expat parents world-wide to find the best international schools for their children. The British Curriculum is considered to be the prime educational system for UK expat children whose parents are... Expats Blog -
  • Has UK government declared open season on expats

    Steph MacDonald
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Hard on the heels of the projected loss of tax allowances, the banking clampdown on expat accounts and credit cards and other punitive measures comes the threat of expat tax errors being criminalised. As if frozen pensions, cancelled winter fuel allowances, disenfranchisement and the dysfunctional passport replacement changes weren’t... Expats Blog -
  • French villagers rescue expat couple from neighbours from hell

    Louise Baldwin
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    An elderly British couple living in a French village were rescued by villagers after the neighbours from hell had trapped them in their home. The retired couple had moved to France to live their dream in a quiet mountain village, but found themselves living next door to another British couple who turned out to be the worst kind of... Expats Blog -
  • Best 10 low tax jurisdictions for wealthy expats

    Steph MacDonald
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    The rash of changes in international tax laws have caused difficulties for wealthy would-be expats, but the globe still holds a number of low-tax jurisdictions happy to accept large pension pots and savings. A recent investigation revealed the top ten most tax-friendly countries based on actual tax rates, lifestyles, political and economic... Expats Blog -
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    impressions of an expat

  • terribly awake

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    I make lists every night before I go to sleep, things to remember in the morning when I am shoving breakfast into my mouth, slugging down coffee looking out at the sky wondering if it will rain. Batteries, notebooks, bulbs for lights, water bottles that sit cold at the bottom of the fridge. The last days of summer seem to be here, the mornings cold and windy. I wish I had started shooting a few weeks earlier. I could be editing now, in a sweatshirt with a blanket across my legs and the windows open to the cool air, awake. Terribly awake.There is a rhythm to building the camera, a methodical…
  • Partizanskaya (where everyone is smiling)

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:23 am
    The metro is quiet. People are not shoving each other. No one is French-kissing on the long escalators. No one is telling us to move to the right over a broken loudspeaker. I feel that second cup of coffee pushing me forwards, no need to close my eyes on the train and listen for the right stop. No, I am awake.And then out the doors and I stand on the corner with a folded map in my hands. I look towards the onion domes a few blocks away but that is the wrong direction I tell myself. I start off to the left, into god knows where and stop a few feet later. Everyone is crossing the street and…
  • don't eat (the blueberries)

    11 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    The news come quickly, without warning. There was no debate, no hemming and hawing. No more fruit or vegetables, no dairy or meat from Europe, from the US, from Australia or Norway. No more pecorino, or prosciutto, no shrimp, no sea bass, no Polish apples, no Greek yogurt, no olive oil. In the same moment I am sad and furious and half-relieved. Seven years of struggling to source ingredients left me exhausted and disappointed on a daily basis. By the time mozzarella gets to Moscow, it tastes like cardboard. Anything imported is freakishly overpriced, which is especially brutal for a New…
  • the fishbowl (white nights)

    4 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    They say the smoke is building up in the suburbs. More fires - not accidents, not forests or dead grass but people burning trash. If the smoke will stay in the city, no one knows. If it will choke the air so you can hardly see a few feet in front of you, no one knows. There is only a blind hope for wind and rain.This is the seventh summer in the fishbowl of Moscow. We swim in long circles, bellies scraping against familiar rocks, sometimes resting in dark corners, making our way back and forth across the exact same streets, the same stones, the same traffic lights clicking red then green.It…
  • forget the eggs

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    On Sunday just before two I turn into the courtyard. A black Mercedes sedan is idling, then rolls lazily past the side gate. The details are all achingly familiar to me - each bench, each dappled path, where to throw out garbage. I feel nothing for this place, no sentimentality, no nostalgia, not even anger or disgust. It is simply where we lived seven years ago, and where E spends some of her Saturday nights. It is empty. A blank piece of paper nothing will be written on.I look up at the balcony but E is not there. Sometimes she waits for me, hand ready to wave when I emerge from the…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Cartus Blog

  • The 10 Most and Least Expensive Cities in the World

    Alison Sedney
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Economist recently released its annual survey of the world’s most expensive cities, with Singapore taking the top spot in 2014. European cities still dominate the top 10, but many Asian metropolises have risen in the ratings, as Asian economies continue to grow. No U.S. city made the top 10, but both Switzerland and Australia have two cities on the list. 10 Most Expensive Cities in the World - Singapore - Paris, France - Oslo, Norway - Zurich, Switzerland - Sydney, Australia - Caracas, Venezuela - Geneva, Switzerland - Melbourne, Australia - Tokyo, Japan - Copenhagen, Denmark The value…
  • An Industry-Level Look at Relocation Trends

    Cindy Madden
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In global relocation, one size definitely does not fit all. Policies are as unique as the companies that provide the benefits, with changing locations and demographics adding layers of complexity to even the most finely tuned programs. Providing up-to-date information on industry trends and challenges is what Cartus’ award-winning research program has been doing for more than 10 years—but companies need even deeper levels of insight to keep their individual programs informed and their policies competitive. That’s the driving force behind our Industry Profile series, launched in 2012.
  • Cartus Shortlisted for Four Relocation Awards in EMEA!

    Jane Bergman
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    We’re delighted to announce that Cartus has been shortlisted for fourrelocation awards at the annual European Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards (EMMAs). Cartus is shortlisted for: •  Relocation Management Company of the Year 2014 •  Best Vendor Partnership Award — with our client Dell •  Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility •  Thought Leadership — Best Survey for the 2013 Talent Management and the Changing Assignee Profile Report Organised by the Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM), the EMMAs recognise professional excellence in global mobility.
  • The Netherlands Immigration: 2014 Relocation Update

    Annetje Suorsa
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Immigration can be one of the biggest challenges in a global relocation programme. Our latest Cartus Mobility Insights gives a 2014 update on Netherlands immigration and discusses future legislative changes. These changes may impact international assignees moving to the Netherlands, although encouragingly, most are aimed to make immigration processes easier and quicker for organisations. Combined Work and Residence Permit Since April of this year, third-country nationals (foreign nationals from countries outside of the European Union, European Economic Area, and Switzerland) may now apply for…
  • When Expat Families Fail to Thrive

    Patrice Heinzer
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    “Failure to thrive” is a condition sometimes diagnosed in infants whose weight and physical development lag behind the norm. Elderly people can also fail to thrive due to illness and depression. But what about a situation in which an entire family fails to thrive? This phenomenon sometimes occurs in families who have relocated because an adult member of the household has accepted a work assignment in a new city or country. Perhaps some (or all) of the family members are ambivalent about the move. The relocated employee may be struggling to find his or her way with new responsibilities…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Expatriate Connection

  • Expat: Can’t Keep Up? One Way To Take Care Of Yourself

    admin
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
    Expats often don’t take care of themselves. It’s a shame because we need it most due to the emotional turmoil we’re going through when relocating abroad. A few weeks ago I talked about the 3 myths that make us gamble with our life. No doubt you recognized some of the 9 excuses we all tell ourselves […] The post Expat: Can’t Keep Up? One Way To Take Care Of Yourself appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • What Trailing Spouses Can Learn From Mahatma Gandhi, Viktor Frankl and Tasmania

    admin
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
      “Trapped. Caught. Stuck”  This is what so many trailing spouses feel after some time living abroad… The situation is painful, I agree.   But bear with me. Let me help you view this condition with new eyes and spark some reasons for hope.   Why you feel trapped…   When you made the decision […] The post What Trailing Spouses Can Learn From Mahatma Gandhi, Viktor Frankl and Tasmania appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • The 4 Laws For Taking Care of Yourself While Taking Care Of Your Parents

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    When you move abroad as an accompanying spouse, you face two issues at the same time: 1. You feel like a child because you have to rely on your working partner to get a visa, open a bank account, rent a house, access a healthcare plan. In a few hours flight you’ve lost in the […] The post The 4 Laws For Taking Care of Yourself While Taking Care Of Your Parents appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • Why Your Expat Relationship Is Out of Balance (and How to Save It Before It’s Too Late)

    admin
    29 Jun 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Move abroad and you’ll get out of your comfort zone. Guaranteed. Throw in the mix a partner and (eventually) a few children. The whole system is shaken.   This might sound scary but it doesn’t need to. “A problem well stated is half-solved” said Charles Kettering.   Today, we’re taking a good look at the […] The post Why Your Expat Relationship Is Out of Balance (and How to Save It Before It’s Too Late) appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • Busted: 3 Myths About Self-Care That Make Expats Gamble With Their Life

    admin
    8 Jun 2014 | 6:19 am
    “Those who have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness” said Edward Stanley, a British statesman. But it’s not just exercise. It’s more. It’s what’s called self-care. Now, let’s pause for a moment. Who wants to get sick in the first place? And even worse: who wants […] The post Busted: 3 Myths About Self-Care That Make Expats Gamble With Their Life appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    blog

  • Staying in touch after moving to Europe

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    As of July 1 the cost of browsing the internet on a phone in the European Union has dropped by more than 50%, as well as caps being put in place to reduce the cost of making and receiving calls. The European Union has been planning the reductions in roaming fees since 2007, in order to provide a fairer deal to those visiting the EU and expats moving to Europe. The cost of data roaming in Europe is now capped to a maximum of 16p per MB, a big drop from the previous cap of 36p per MB. The cost of making calls also dropped to a maximum of 15p per minute and the cost of receiving calls dropped to…
  • Moving to France from the UK? Expect the best healthcare in the world

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Expats moving to France have always had plenty of reasons to be proud of the lifestyle in their new country of residence, but now they have an extra reason to be charmed by 'la vie en France'. France has taken the top spot in the healthcare category of the annual International Living Magazine's annual Global Retirement Index Report. The health care category considers the cost and quality of the service available. It also considers the number of patients per doctor, the number of beds per 1,000 people, life expectancy and public health expenditure as percentage of a country's GDP. France…
  • The ideal expat is revealed

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    A report called the 'Anatomy of an International Business' has been released by international healthcare insurers, Expacare. The survey of 1,000 international business leaders has revealed that women are considered to be better suited to overseas work, with 26.5% of the respondents favouring female staff over male staff (18.5%). The survey also reported that employees in their late 20s and early 30s are better suited to moving overseas as an expat. When asked about the specific skills required for an executive employee, the business owners that completed the survey prioritised networking…
  • Moving to France from the UK

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Many people choose to move to France for a change of lifestyle, after all, France is famous for fine food, wine and, in many of its regions, a slower pace of life. If you are considering moving to France for work you will find it a much easier process than moving to some other countries because of laws that allow EU nationals to work there without needing a work permit. The logistics of moving to France are also made easier by Cadogan Tate's dedicated removals and storage depots in Paris and the South of France, as well as regular shipments from the UK to France. Importing a car The first…
  • The Hidden Gems of Northern France

    13 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    France has had a good reputation amongst expats for many years, for numerous reasons. However, there is more to France than just Paris, and the sun-drenched South coast. Unspoiled and largely undiscovered areas of Northern France are less reliant on tourist trade, making them a magnet for expats considering moving to France and looking for something a little bit different. Near the North East corner of France is Lens, which was once of a hub for industrial activity because of the amount of coal that was discovered in the local area in 1849. Nowadays, Lens has a more cultural focus, playing…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    One Foot in Europe

  • On Homesickness

    one foot in Europe
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:47 pm
    I didn’t realise I enjoyed the smell of freshly cut grass. I didn’t even realise that I noticed it. It came to my attention once the sun started coming out here in Istanbul. In England, sunny days are something of a rarity. When the sun does decide to poke out its long lost and lamented head Brits whip the lawn mowers and the BBQ’s out of their dusty sheds and make the most out of what joy can be had. Before the sun shies away back into its cloudy den leaving behind a cider induced hangover and the inevitable insatiable longing that comes with being given a small taste of…
  • Border Hopping to Bulgaria

    one foot in Europe
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:44 pm
    A short (ahem) 11 hour bus journey has you out of Istanbul and in the lovely Sofia, Bulgaria. That is after the unavoidable nuisance that is doing the hokey cokey at the Turkish/Bulgarian border. In out in out shake it all about loses its novelty at midnight when all you want to do is sleep. The bus ride is an otherwise peaceful yet cramped affair and a cheap way to get out of Turkey. Arriving at around 6.30am (late of course) you have lost no sightseeing time and can drop your bags off, eat breakfast and face the day head on, fueled by the adrenaline that comes with less than satisfactory…
  • How not to react to an earthquake

    one foot in Europe
    8 Jun 2014 | 1:44 pm
    “They tell you what you should do in an earthquake. But they never tell you what you should do if it happens while you are in the toilet” (An astute comment from a sixth grade student). Last Saturday I experienced my very first Istanbul earthquake. No scratch that, my very first PROPER earthquake. As in one caused by living in a seismically active area, on a plate boundary on a huge scary fault-line (my native England of course being nowhere near anything like that). As you may or may not know Istanbul is expecting  the ‘Big One’. Being located on the North Antolian…
  • I have been nominated for the Liebster Award :D

    one foot in Europe
    4 Jun 2014 | 10:21 am
      Big thank yous go out to Ashley and Alex at In Pursuit of Adventure blog for nominating me for the Liebster Award, it is an honour! Check them out here. The Liebster Award recognises new blogs (with less than 500 followers) and shares them amongst the blogging community. It is a great way to get newer blogs out there, sharing each other with the world! The rules are simple; 1. Thank the person that nominated you (and link back to their blog). 2. Answer 10 of their questions. 3. Nominate 10 blogs. 4. Ask 10 of your own questions 5. Let your nominees know they have been nominated!
  • Food, jazz and a nod to Bulgaria’s past at Checkpoint Charly, Sofia.

    one foot in Europe
    1 Jun 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Last weekend I had a short escape from Istanbul, sampling a snippet of life across the Bulgarian border on a visit to an old TiT (Teacher in Turkey) who made the brave move to Bulgaria, after having had enough of the vulgarities of Istanbul life. I had no preconceptions on visiting this country. Quite honestly it is not somewhere I had ever seriously considered going. When the opportunity presented itself to have a cheap getaway and see on old friend (two birds and all that), I jumped on the night bus and gave it a chance. What struck me was the unique, artsy feel to the city, bars and…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Expat C.A.F.E.

  • But That Fragrance Is So Boring!

    Reflections
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:49 am
    As a woman I like to shower and then smell nice. I like lavender smells and vanilla bean smells and my ultimate favorite smell – lilac. So I buy shampoo that smells like lavender and body wash that smells like vanilla bean and skin lotion that smells like lilacs. All these nice smelling products are great, except when traveling. When we travel these attractive smells are also attractive to all kinds of bugs. Bugs love certain fragrances and while traveling I certainly do not want to attract any bugs that like to bite. I’m already more prone to being bitten by bugs than anyone my husband…
  • It Sounds Familiar

    Reflections
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:35 pm
    I am Roman Catholic.  While traveling I would try to find a mass in one of the local church’s where we were staying.  Living in Mexico, Croatia, Spain, and a host of other countries there were always Roman Catholic Masses to be found but often times finding them in English was next to impossible. Even if I did manage to find out when the mass was going to be held in English when I tried to attend that mass it would have been moved to another time or was stopped altogether due to lack of attendance. Listening to mass being said in a foreign language is not easy.  Even though I feel I know…
  • Learning To Travel

    Reflections
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Someone recently sent me a question about how could they learn to travel.  They told me that they could manage one weekend off a month and therefore could spend 5 days every month exploring a new place.  Of course that won’t allow them to travel incredibly far from home but it should be enough to get their travel juices started. I suggested that they start small.  The first city someone should explore is their own.  This sort of surprised them and I asked them what attractions, museums, restaurants, parks are on every travel agencies list of the must sees in their own city?  Did they…
  • Lost and Found

    Reflections
    4 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    We recently had someone ask us if we ever got lost while traveling.  My husband carries maps in his head.  He is one of those people who can look at a map, review it once, gets his bearings and then has it firmly in his mind which way the streets run, which roads to take and even which direction to go in. I need mapquest.  I haven’t mastered a GPS device but I know that if I didn’t have Mike, having a GPS would have been in my life much sooner. Even after 30 years of travel the only city I was ever lost in was Venice, Italy. I was traveling with family at the time and we went shopping…
  • Doing Our Own Travel Arrangements

    Reflections
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:41 pm
    I recently had someone ask me for a recommendation for a Tour Operator for a client who was going on a honeymoon to Spain.  This person happily related to me that they had just started a travel agency and needed help in creating a list of TO’s they could use going forward for Spain. I realized then that I had never answered this question here so now I will tell you why I do my own travel arranging. In the recent past I was a travel agent (Lince’s Leisure Vacations) and a Tour Operator (Global Explorer Club), both companies which I have since closed.  I have been personally traveling for…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    STHLM

  • Visiting my Parents

    Daniel
    16 Aug 2014 | 3:23 am
    It’s been 3/4 months since I last saw my parents so I just flew over to visit them and had some great laughs like old times. Had such a great week and managed to… Join my Dad on his 50th birthday flying lesson (yeah he is 50 now!) Went Go-Karting (I came first, Dad got fastest lap) Met old friends (which was so nice to catch up) Newcastle has not changed that much. Central Station is looking better, went to a awesome new place called Harry’s Bar, and another called the Bridge Tavern. Then on the flight home via Copenhagen (easily the biggest airport I have ever been to…
  • What’s been going on…

    Daniel
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Another apology for not writing more often. It’s been a mental few weeks and I just have not got round to writing a blog post. Since last time I have: Met my Nana – she came to Stockholm with a friend and we spent the day together showing her around Stockholm Got a new Job – after almost 2 years I am leaving Bad Boy and heading to a exciting startup called Sinch. Expect more geeky posts on my other blog Now hate Skatteverket – after 3/4 visits to prove my own means to live in Sweden that was not enough. So got my contract from my new job, was told that would take a…
  • Studentflak

    Daniel
    7 Jun 2014 | 5:21 am
    June is the time when the college students graduate in Sweden (Studenten) and they do so in style! Of course they have the standard dinner party but Swedish students graduate and party on a Flak. The Studentflak! This is literally a lorry that students rent, put huge speakers in it, 500 beers and drive around town for a party. You drive from your college through town for about 2 hours just jumping around, dancing, drinking beers and having a great time. I was lucky enough to go on one of these last year with my girlfriends brother when he graduated. It’s a strange experience for me…
  • Some pictures from around Stockholm

    Daniel
    5 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    I see a lot of fun stuff around Stockholm and here is a collection of some greats over the past week or two. This is some street art of a man coming out of a man hole. Made me chuckle! A pub in Södermalm with automatic doors! Totally typical British Pub inside but automatic doors! Is this not the most pointless gate?! And finally, Fish Balls in a tin! Yep!! The post Some pictures from around Stockholm appeared first on STHLM.
  • A Day in Hellasgården

    Daniel
    4 Jun 2014 | 4:43 am
    There is a fantastic nature park near Stockholm called Hellasgården that my girlfriend and I love to go and explore. Last weekend the temperature went up to 28 degrees over here so we thought about going swimming in the lake (17 degrees). I totally chickened out and only went up to my knees but my girlfriend managed to swim for a good 10 minutes! Here are some pictures from our little dinner date a few days ago. The view at Hellasgården Dinner at Hellasgården The post A Day in Hellasgården appeared first on STHLM.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Los Gringos Locos » Los Gringos Locos

  • Wordless Wednesday #9 with Linky

    Tina Ernspiker
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America Little Gecko Friend, Belize, 2014 - Welcome to Wordless Wednesday! I love photography! I moonlighted as a professional photographer for ten years in Kentucky, USA. I miss my work, but living abroad in Mexico with four kids gives me plenty of photography opportunities! Each Wordless Wednesday I plan to post a new, (or mostly new), image with a short description. Join in the fun below! <div align="center"><a href="http://gringoslocos6.blogspot.com/" title="Los Gringos Locos"><img…
  • 5 Excuses To Not Exercise

    Tina Ernspiker
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America We all know why we should exercise. In case you forgot, I attached an infographic below, 30 Minutes of Exercise, The Key to A Happier, Healthier You. I need to print it and tape it to my mirror, because despite all these wonderful benefits of exercise I still make excuses… and I don’t exercise. At least not on a regular basis. Can anyone relate to my excuses? I have no motivation. I am 30-something, with four kids, and little physical energy. These three facts alone should motivate me to stay healthy with…
  • Wordless Wednesday #8 with Linky

    Tina Ernspiker
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America St. Herman’s Blue Hole, Belize, 2014 - Welcome to Wordless Wednesday! I love photography! I moonlighted as a professional photographer for ten years in Kentucky, USA. I miss my work, but living abroad in Mexico with four kids gives me plenty of photography opportunities! Each Wednesday I plan to post a new, (or mostly new), image with a short description. Join in the fun below! <div align="center"><a href="http://gringoslocos6.blogspot.com/" title="Los Gringos Locos"><img…
  • Wordless Wednesday #7 with Linky

    Tina Ernspiker
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America Walt Disney World, Florida, 2010 – I love photography! I moonlighted as a professional photographer for ten years in Kentucky, USA. I miss my work, but living abroad in Mexico with four kids gives me plenty of photography opportunities! Each Wednesday I plan to post a new, (or mostly new), image with a short description. Join in the fun below! <div align="center"><a href="http://gringoslocos6.blogspot.com/" title="Los Gringos Locos"><img…
  • 25+ Things I Love – What About You?

    Tina Ernspiker
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America 25+ things I love, not exactly in order of importance: When my kids smile Photography Techie stuff like my laptop and tablet… geeky I know! Writing and being read Wine! Food – many, many different kinds Fresh, clean bed linens Dancing World travel and new places Chocolate – yum! Cats, big and small Flower Gardening Hummingbirds Horses Big, sweet dogs Coffee with cream and sugar Brad’s hugs Massage therapy! Being pregnant… I feel beautiful Water – falls or holes or hot springs or oceans!
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Ogles & Observations

  • Guangzhou Huadiwan Fish and Aquarium Market

    Jan Blanton
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:20 pm
    A friend and I recently went to the Guangzhou Huadiwan Fish and Aquarium Market. It’s about a 1/2 hour taxi ride away from where we live (an hour on the metro – get off at the Huadiwan station, exit C). The circular shaped building is similar to other markets we have been in – at the tea market and the jewelry market.  Inside are many booths and smaller stores – in the US, this would be an ideal layout for an antiques mall. When I shared my adventure at the dinner table that night, I asked my family what they thought was the most interesting thing I saw at the fish…
  • Toilet Waterfall and Dragon Kiln in Nanfeng Foshan

    Jan Blanton
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:53 am
    Last fall we joined the Consulate-organized trip to Foshan – about an hour away from where we live in Guangzhou. While the region is best known for ceramics and Kung Fu, we were all excited to see their famous Toilet Waterfall – made of 10,000 recycled toilets! It is said that toilet makers in Foshan once supplied 75% of all the toilets throughout China. That’s a lot of toilets!  I wonder if that includes squatters? It was a popular day in the NanFeng tourist-centered village. The kids were greeted with things to do. And it wasn’t long before we were wandering through…
  • Trip to the Yakushi Pearl Factory

    Jan Blanton
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:57 am
    While we were back in the States this summer, friends and family asked us all about what it’s like to live in China. One of the highlights for us here is access to beautiful pearls.  And, a few lucky people were the recipients of some pearl necklaces straight from the Pearl Market here in Guangzhou.  While most of the ones I gave to friends were in the “not perfect” category, they still garnered some “oohs” and “aahs”.  Papa asked me to bring a special set for Mimi’s special birthday – and those were beautiful!  And, I gave a strand to…
  • Summer Travels in America

    Jan Blanton
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:31 pm
    I’m sitting on a Delta flight from ATL to LAX en route to CAN (Guangzhou China).  The kids are entertained electronically, I have my drink coupon working for me and turn to the in-flight entertainment options.  I skip past the movies, thinking I’ll have them for the long haul flight to GZ, and choose instead to take advantage of the outlet for the computer and the “music of Brasil” in honor of the 2014 World Cup. For just a moment, I am not sure where I’m headed. Two years ago we were in Brazil ourselves… and just tuning into the sambas and regional music, like any other music,…
  • International Dragon Boat Races in Hong Kong and Guangzhou

    Jan Blanton
    7 Jun 2014 | 7:11 am
    Dragon Boat Festival is a national holiday in China! The kids were out of school, offices closed, and it was time to celebrate! This year the official holiday was on Monday, June 2. We spent the weekend in Hong Kong (hooray) and among other things, made our way out to Stanley Beach to take in the action. We took public transportation – for about $6US for all four of us, we had a front row, upstairs seat on an iconic double decker bus. It took us about two hours to get there and we enjoyed the ride! Upon arriving, we were shoulder to shoulder with some very sweaty people –…
 
Log in