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  • Top 10 Most Famous Tourist Countries in the World

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    25 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
      Have you seen the most famous and iconic places in the world? If not, then you might be missing out on a lot of amazing experiences, sure these places might be famous and have quite a big crowd of tourists all year round, but there are some things in life that are worth going through a busy(...)
  • Total evacuated expatriate staff from Yemen sites

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    30 Mar 2015 | 1:22 am
    French oil major Total said it had evacuated all expatriate staff from Sanaa and Kharir in Yemen, although the sites have not been hit by an overnight military raid by Saudi-led forces against Houthi forces. Total said operations on Yemen's Block 10 have been reduced, with gas production maintained only for local power generation and to supply neighbouring communities. "As a shareholder of YLNG ...
  • Private Cities, Open to All

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    Saskia De Rothschild
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    From The New York Times- The world is building more cities, faster than ever before. China used more cement in the last three years than the United States used in the entire 20th century. By 2050, India will need new urban infrastructure to house an additional 404 million people – a task comparable to building every city in the United States in 35 years. The global urban population is expected to rise to well over six billion by 2050 from 3.9 billion today. The world needs more cities. The task, however, is not simply to build them but to design them for today and the future. A city is…
  • Letters from the Atlantic: Drilling for Black Gold

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    admin
    9 Mar 2015 | 4:37 pm
    There have been quite a few celebrations in the Canary Islands recently, following the decision of the Spanish oil company, Repsol, not to continue with its exploration for oil off the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. The islands are an important tourist destination, and the threat of oil production taking place off the waters of these beautiful islands has shocked and angered residents for many years. The sea around these coasts is rich with marine life and the threat of serious, permanent ecological damage seemed to be only a matter of time. Despite all the reassurances from assorted…
  • First B&A and a Cute Cat

    Life with 2 Lads & a Lass
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:04 pm
    This is my first "before & after" picture of the kitchen. The rest will come soon (Hopefully, since motivation has left the building).Bench seat - Martha Stewart brand. Cheap chipboard, caving in, re-covered at least twiceNew, bigger bench seat (thank you Craigslist), was black,  now the same colour as the walls. Solid wood and sturdy, with good storage and soft new cover. Love it. And the cat post has no relation to the kitchen, it's just that I love him and liked this picture a lot.Bart is the dog's doodies. Bartman
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  • Total evacuated expatriate staff from Yemen sites

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:22 am
    French oil major Total said it had evacuated all expatriate staff from Sanaa and Kharir in Yemen, although the sites have not been hit by an overnight military raid by Saudi-led forces against Houthi forces. Total said operations on Yemen's Block 10 have been reduced, with gas production maintained only for local power generation and to supply neighbouring communities. "As a shareholder of YLNG ...
  • Expats eagerly await kick-offAWAY VIEWING: Foreigners in Malaysia will be supporting their teams with a touch of home

    28 Mar 2015 | 2:18 pm
    EXPATRIATE football fans in Malaysia are all set to follow the the month-long World Cup here.
  • Saudization level may include expat wages, years of service

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:06 am
    The proposal states that an expatriate working in the Kingdom for three to five years would be calculated as two expatriate workers. Those working for five to seven years would be considered three expatriate workers, and those with service of over seven years would be considered four expatriate workers. The ministry also links the weight of an expatriate worker in the Nitaqat system to the wage ...
  • Court backs expatriate in 20-year dispute over house

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Brno, March 25 (CTK) - The Czech Constitutional Court (US) Wednesday backed expatriate Jiri Rabl in his more than 20-year-long dispute over the ownership of a house of Brno, which fell to the state after his emigration in the early 1980s, by ordering that the case be discussed again by the Brno Regional Court.
  • Expatriate physicist slams UK’s Royal Society

    15 Mar 2015 | 10:47 pm
    Acknowledged as one of Britain’s leading physicists, expatriate New Zealander, Professor Michael Kelly has written a devastating critique of the UK’s Royal Society, of which he is a Fellow, over its lack of science in dealing with climate change.
 
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  • Private Cities, Open to All

    Saskia De Rothschild
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    From The New York Times- The world is building more cities, faster than ever before. China used more cement in the last three years than the United States used in the entire 20th century. By 2050, India will need new urban infrastructure to house an additional 404 million people – a task comparable to building every city in the United States in 35 years. The global urban population is expected to rise to well over six billion by 2050 from 3.9 billion today. The world needs more cities. The task, however, is not simply to build them but to design them for today and the future. A city is…
  • A Visit to Europe’s Absurd New Border

    Saskia De Rothschild
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    From Der Spiegel Magazine- Borders can be annoying, but largely predictable — in Europe at least. That is what truck driver Yevgeny believed until recently. Many of them are no longer monitored at all, but even those that are guarded rarely hold surprises for those wishing to cross them. “You know if you can zip across them or if you have to plan for a five-hour wait. But this one? I have no idea how it works.” The border he is referring to is that of a wartime stronghold on the edge of a largely borderless European continent. At the first checkpoint after Kurakhove,…
  • Latinos in the United States: How to Fire Up America

    Saskia De Rothschild
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    From The Economist-Eleven years ago a satirical film called “A Day Without a Mexican” (2004) imagined Californians running scared after their cooks, nannies and gardeners vanished. Set it in today’s America, and it would be a more sobering drama. If 57 million Hispanics were to disappear, public-school playgrounds would lose one child in four and employers from Alaska to Alabama would struggle to stay open. Imagine the scene by mid-century, when the Latino population is set to have doubled again. Listen to some, and this is a story of foreign scroungers threatening America, a…
  • Filmmaker on Indian Rapist’s Comments

    Saskia De Rothschild
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    From New York Times Video-Leslee Udwin, a British filmmaker who interviewed one of the men convicted of raping and killing a woman in a brutal 2012 gang attack on a New Delhi bus, said Mukesh Singh blamed the victim.   Watch the BBC documentary here. Read The New York Times’ ongoing coverage of the event here. Read the BBC News article on how Indian channel NDTV protested the government’s ban of the documentary.
  • Russia: Another Dead Democrat

    Saskia De Rothschild
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:15 am
    From The New York Review of Books-Among the many questions surrounding the murder of Russian politician and liberal activist Boris Nemtsov on Friday evening, one of the most troubling is the location of the crime itself. Not only was he very close to the Kremlin when he was shot dead on Bol’shoi Moskvoretsky Bridge. He was also in an area that was under the intense surveillance—both with cameras and physical patrols—of the Federal Protection Service (FSO), a security agency that since 1996 has been under the direct control of the Russian president. When Vladimir Putin became president…
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  • Top 10 Most Famous Tourist Countries in the World

    admin
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
      Have you seen the most famous and iconic places in the world? If not, then you might be missing out on a lot of amazing experiences, sure these places might be famous and have quite a big crowd of tourists all year round, but there are some things in life that are worth going through a busy(...)
  • Paychecks You Need to Buy a Home in Top Cities

    admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:11 pm
      Ever dreamed of owning a house in one of the top cities in the world? Cities like Hongkong, Paris, and yes, even in New York or in San Francisco! You must be thinking: “How much should I be earning in order to afford a home in these top cities?” Your mind must now be(...)
  • St. Patrick’s Day Special: The World’s Most Interesting Drinking and Alcohol Facts

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    17 Mar 2015 | 12:23 am
  • 10 Airlines with the Best In-flight Meals

    admin
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:07 am
      Travelling by plane has its pros and cons. Airplane food is mostly described negatively and we can even say that it has quite a bad reputation. Yes, you are trusting airline companies your safety and you are paying for the flight to a certain destination. But you certainly did not come to a restaurant.(...)
  • 5 Most Isolated Countries in the World

    admin
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
      World is more and more becoming a global village available for everyone to visit almost in every corner. There are many different ways of travelling to various countries, planes, ships, trains, buses, cars etc. But still, believe it or not, there are some places that are so remote and inaccessible that even the most(...)
 
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  • Letters from the Atlantic: Drilling for Black Gold

    admin
    9 Mar 2015 | 4:37 pm
    There have been quite a few celebrations in the Canary Islands recently, following the decision of the Spanish oil company, Repsol, not to continue with its exploration for oil off the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. The islands are an important tourist destination, and the threat of oil production taking place off the waters of these beautiful islands has shocked and angered residents for many years. The sea around these coasts is rich with marine life and the threat of serious, permanent ecological damage seemed to be only a matter of time. Despite all the reassurances from assorted…
  • Planning a Wedding Abroad?

    admin
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Last year, around 1.5m people travelling overseas for a wedding (either getting married or watching). This weekend, 6,000 brides (and the odd groom) will look for inspiration for their wedding at the London leg of the UK’s biggest wedding show at London’s Olympia. Some of the exhibitors will specialise in overseas weddings, with Thailand, the Caribbean, Greece and Cyprus amongst the favourite overseas wedding destinations. So – where would you go? What are the things you NEED to know? And how can the exchange rates save YOU money? Read on… CHECKLIST – what to pay for >> The…
  • Letters from the Atlantic: 112 – Emergency, Emergency!

    admin
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Do you know how to contact emergency services, such as asking for medical assistance, ambulance, police or fire services? If you are in the UK, most people will know that when you dial 999 you will receive prompt and efficient attention to whatever crisis that you find yourself in. What about when you are overseas on holiday, or maybe living in another country as an expat? I was surprised to learn that there are many holidaymakers and expats living in Spain, the Canary Islands and other parts of Europe who do not know how to contact the relevant emergency services. Services equivalent to the…
  • Why Novak and Serena Are Australian Open Winners, But Also Losers…

    admin
    4 Feb 2015 | 11:08 am
    The weekend’s climax to the Australian Open saw victories for two players that had looked down and out during periods of their finals. Despite visibly battling a virus, Serena Williams powered through impressively to beat Maria Sharapova in straight sets; Williams’ sixth Australian Open triumph. Novak Djokovic overcame aches, pains and strains to beat Andy Murray in what was the Serb’s fifth win in Melbourne, where he boasts an overall record of played 56, won 50. An 89% win record. Unbelievable. Williams and Djokovic’s reward was a cheque for AUD $3.1m. At today’s exchange rates,…
  • New Year New Home?

    admin
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    That’s another Christmas done and dusted. Your weight in turkey eaten; presents bought, wrapped, unwrapped (and in some cases taken back to the shops); dodgy Christmas TV watched. Ever think you’d like to do it differently one year? Maybe this year? Well, with the currency markets as they are now, you might be tempted. Because as we welcome in a new year, it’s with the news that GBPEUR recently moved to its highest level since 2008. For those who have made it their new year’s resolution to move abroad, sterling strength against the euro is in their favour and will mean their money…
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    Life with 2 Lads & a Lass

  • First B&A and a Cute Cat

    28 Mar 2015 | 7:04 pm
    This is my first "before & after" picture of the kitchen. The rest will come soon (Hopefully, since motivation has left the building).Bench seat - Martha Stewart brand. Cheap chipboard, caving in, re-covered at least twiceNew, bigger bench seat (thank you Craigslist), was black,  now the same colour as the walls. Solid wood and sturdy, with good storage and soft new cover. Love it. And the cat post has no relation to the kitchen, it's just that I love him and liked this picture a lot.Bart is the dog's doodies. Bartman
  • Weight Loss Week 7

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Weight lost this week: 5.4 lbsTotal weight lost: 18.4 lbsI did cheat somewhat as I drank wine last night but I wasn't too dehydrated when I weighed in, I think. And I've walked LOADS this week, doing around 3 miles each day.  I signed up for a 5K this week too. Bring it!The crazy thing is, my jeans fit exactly the same as they did 18 lbs ago, which is very weird. Where has all the lost fat come from then? Am I going to completely lose my boobs and still have a belly? That'll be attractive!
  • Weight Loss Week 6 & Photo Dump

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:02 pm
    I gained a pound on Week 6, Gawdammit.   But that's what I get for drinking with my neighbor on a Thursday night and then my husband on a Friday night. Somewhere in-between there I also scoffed a lot of English cheese and a Kitkat. But I'm walking 2-4 miles every day and I did a 5k in 51 minutes which is my fastest time so far.  So I mustn't get disheartened. I've just got to keep going.So much has happened this week. I want to post separately about some things but for right now I'm just going to share a few photos.His bonkeynessMy mum made 62 of theses and we made $186 selling them…
  • Weight Loss: Week 5

    14 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
    Weight: HeffelumpWeight loss this week: 2.8 lbsTotal weight lost: 14 lbs. ONE STONE!I have lost a stone and I'm so happy about it. Craig has lost 29 lbs (don't you just hate men sometimes) and looks 10 years younger. He looks great. We are both feeling so much better and looking forward to spring and especially excited about losing more weight for the pool and our trip home.Oh, and I got my aviators today :)
  • My Summer Wishes

    12 Mar 2015 | 8:29 pm
    I rarely buy anything new for myself. Clothes and shoes and bags come from thrift stores and I own far too many grey bras with knackered wires and threadbare knickers.  I am neglected.Now I know I'm not unique in this way as Mothers all over the globe are doing the same, putting their kids first and totally neglecting themselves. We feel guilty if we have a pee in peace never mind spending money on ourselves. God forbid we do that.So anyway, this is entirely whimsical and probably won't happen but I have a little wish list of things I'd like to get for ME this summer....Some Chanel No 5…
 
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    TRAVELS INTO OMAN

  • Oman’s Flora and Fauna

    ynotoman
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    on a Group Tour in Oman Continue reading →
  • Sultan Qaboos returns to Oman

    ynotoman
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    Oman TV has broadcast the arrival of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos into Oman, after a period of medical treatment in Germany. Naturally there will be tremendous celebrations in Oman, possibly stretching into the weekend.Filed under: OMAN
  • Luban Restaurant Muttrah

    ynotoman
    15 Feb 2015 | 10:03 am
    for a nice meal Continue reading →
  • Restaurants and Rain

    ynotoman
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
    in a cold Muscat Continue reading →
  • Merry Christmas from Oman

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    23 Dec 2014 | 5:38 am
    and a Happy New Year 2015 Continue reading →
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  • More spinning

    ruthsplace
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:41 pm
    This is some malabrigo nube fibre that I picked up in Poland in last year. It’s the one on the left. I turned it into this: Colours were hard to capture. They are brighter and there’s more purple. Spinning is on hold for a while. Gorgeous Girl has commandeered my favourite wheel and is spinning. She’s doing about 5 minutes a day and is doing really well. This time around she’s starting to draft and we are planning to ply the yarn when she’s done. Her previous skeins have all been chunky singles. She knows how to knit now, but only picks up the needles once in a…
  • Time Travelling

    ruthsplace
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:57 am
    When Gorgeous Man saw this layout he commented that I was time travelling, these photos are from late 1994/early 1995. I’ve been trying to work up some of the older photos that have been sitting in a box for years. Now that I have internet again, I decided to play along with a scrapping challenge as I always find them very inspiring. This layout was based on My Scraps and More Sketches, sketch #102 This is the sketch. I chose to do a double layout. I used some washi tapi to make a frame for the bird stamp. Bird stamp was an image I received from my SMIL who graciously gives me her…
  • A thank you gift

    ruthsplace
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:43 pm
    I tried very hard to get this little fellow finished before I left Australia, but it didn’t happen. She’s a thank you present for the relatives who let me stay with them during my long visa wait. I’m glad she had to come home to be finished because it means that she could meet her siblings. Blue is 8ply cotton done with a 4 mm hook, Pink is the same cotton made with a 2.5 mm hook, White is a 4 ply cotton/acrylic blend made with a 1.75 mm hook. Would you believe I’ve started making the flowers for a 5th one of these? After that I’m going to just knit for a while.
  • Scrapbooking Gorgeous Girl

    ruthsplace
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:37 pm
    Gorgeous Girl is wonderfully photogenic. She certainly doesn’t get that trait from her mother… Early in 2013 we attended a family wedding. It was an outdoor wedding and the bride provided parasols for the guests to use. I took the opportunity to have a little photo shoot with Gorgeous Girl. 2 years on I finally got around to scrapping those photos. I received the main papers from my SMIL for Christmas, the paper that the photos are mounted on was coloured using food colouring and water in a spray bottle courtesy of Gorgeous Girl. Serendipitously it matched the other papers very…
  • Spinning

    ruthsplace
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:36 pm
    I made some yarn. I really missed my spinning wheel. It’s going to marinate in the stash for a few years while until I decide what it’s going to be when it grows up.
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  • A Day Trip to Triberg in Germany’s Black Forest

    Adriana
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:16 pm
    Today Adriana takes us on a day trip through Triberg, in Germany’s Black Forest, featuring giant waterfalls, cakes, and cuckoo clocks. We recently moved to Germany, after living in Belgium for three years followed by a short, six months stay in the US. We arrived in Stuttgart and, after a week with two kids in a small hotel apartment, we decided it was time to take a day out. Our choice was the quaint town of Triberg im Schwarzwald, a town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, located in the Schwarzwald-Baar district in the Black Forest. This was not our first visit to Triberg. We lived in…
  • Our 15 Favourite Long-Weekend Getaways from Belgium by Car

    Alison
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Want holiday inspiration for a long-weekend away? In our 3-part series, we’re sharing our favourite trips from Belgium. First up – our favourite road-trip getaways. As much as we love exploring Belgium’s nooks and crannies, there’s no denying, one of the best things about little Belgium is how easy it is to travel from it. Take a two-hour drive from Brussels in any direction and you’re in another country (or the sea). There are high-speed train connections to France, Germany, England, and the Netherlands. Then there are the short and often cheap flights taking you to any major…
  • Top 10 Weirdest Things I’ve Done in Belgium

    Alison
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:02 pm
    As we’re preparing to take off on our European travel adventure, I’ve been reflecting on our ten years in Belgium a lot lately. We’ve had some unbelievable experiences – some good, some not so good, and a few that were downright weird. Belgium is the home of surrealism and there’s no doubt we’ve had some surreal experiences over the past ten years, (and we’re not even talking about what happens when we visit the commune!) Today, I want to share my top ten weirdest things I’ve done in Belgium. 10. Wading into the Sea to Photograph Men Fishing Shrimp on Horseback Photographing…
  • Where to Live in Brussels, Belgium

    Alison
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:16 pm
    If you’re new to expat life in Belgium, we tackle the most important question – Where to live in Brussels.Every week, we get many questions about visiting and living in Belgium. The one question we’re asked more than any other is “I’m moving to Brussels. Where should I live?” This is also one of the toughest questions to answer, as it is completely subjective. While one person may love being in the heart of the action, another may crave peace and tranquillity. Things to Consider Before You Move to Brussels In order to narrow your search, it’s important to know what it is…
  • Brewery Tours in Belgium for Individuals

    Andrew
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Belgium’s 80+ breweries produce almost 1000 varieties of beer, but visiting one isn’t simple. To make it easier, here is our list of Belgian breweries open for individual visitors. “I’ll be visiting Belgium for a week and I’d love to visit a brewery or two. What would you recommend?” What seems like a simple question is one of the most challenging to answer. Belgium is home to more varieties of beer than most people will drink in their lifetime. With so many options, you’d assume visiting a Belgian brewery would be simple. But, as with most things in Belgium,…
 
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  • weekend #13 – back at home in Helsinki

    BLOGitse
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:21 am
      Hi everyone!   After a long and interesting holiday I’m in Helsinki again.   It was soooo good to sleep in own bed, aaaah!   I will post several weeks about our trip - I took over 1.000 photos! and some of them I want to share with you…   As you know I couldn’t really paint but one day I put a rubber glove on and started to play with watercolors – better than nothing!     These are for   Paint Friday Party     details     Here’s the actual painting       We visited MCA Sydney (Museum of…
  • mom – it’s orange #133 – from Sydney 3

    BLOGitse
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:32 pm
      This is my last   Mandarin Orange Monday   post from Sydney…   Next time I’ll post from home   Helsinki, Finland again…   sigh     This is the mystery shot…..       of   this original   ‘a plate full of mixed watercolors’   seen here at the weekend.         Have a good week everyone!     Because I’m busy rest of the holiday in Sydney,   I’ll visit your blogs at the end of the week when back at home!  
  • weekend #12 – from Sydney 3

    BLOGitse
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:43 pm
      It’s our last weekend in Sydney!   Sigh, but we’ve had a great holiday!   I apologize not visiting your blogs -   we’ve been most of the time outside and   when in we’ve been sleeping!     Next weekend I’ll visit your blogs, I promise!!!     This amazing tree is perfect for   Geometric Friday           I got an idea for   Paint Party Friday   painting from this Sydney city shot…     old, new, modern, retro next to each other…     Some watercolor…
  • mom – it’s orange #132 – from Sydney 2.

    BLOGitse
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:53 pm
        This is my mystery shot for   Mandarin Orange Monday   this week         You can NOT guess that it’s….     a giant octopus on a submarine Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia     Here’s how it looks further…       Have a good week everyone!     Even if I’m on vacation I promise to visit (sooner or later) all those bloggers who leave me a comment and have name/url option to leave a comment!    
  • weekend #11 from Sydney

    BLOGitse
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:32 pm
      Oh – it’s Friday again!   Too much to do too little time – even on holiday! This weekend is full of birthday parties and family gatherings…I hope it’s not going to rain the whole weekend like right now…     This Sydney skyscraper is for   Geometric Friday         EVA and Kristin in   Paint Party Friday   are celebrating 4 yrs birthday - congratulations!   This is my self-portrait to take with me to the party     painted with fingers with children watercolors…    …
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  • Living Authentically: How Italy Forced the Issue

    michelle
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    You’ve probably heard the phrase “living an authentic life” kicked around, especially in the past several years. Generally, it means bringing our actions in line with our thoughts and beliefs . . . quite simply, being ourselves, living “your truth.” Living an authentic life means identifying what makes you feel alive and vibrant and then having the courage to live and operate in that space while battling down any fears that would inhibit you from doing so. It sounds simple, in theory, but it’s actually rather difficult for many of us to achieve and…
  • Lost in Translation: Adventures in Sola-tude

    michelle
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Solo/sola in Italian means both alone and lonely. Let that sink in for a second. In Italian, alone and lonely are, essentially, one in the same. Yes, there is a slight difference in that one “feels” lonely but is “alone,” but this oddity of the language (to my American ears) has always intrigued me, particularly as the interplay of the two concepts has come up repeatedly during my time in rural southern Italy. You see, I’ve never needed to take any online or magazine quiz to determine whether I’m an extrovert or an introvert. I am, indeed, a classic…
  • One-Word Theme for 2015: FORZA!

    michelle
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:08 am
    My daughter’s first full year outside the womb went by so fast, and luckily for all of us, my one-word theme for 2014 held up well. The word was “salute,” which put a focus firmly on health this past year. Throughout the year, I took daily walks with my little one and got scolded several times for having her out in such weather — too hot, too cold, too windy, you name it and I was wrongwrongwrong. You can read more about everything I don’t know about being a mother (according to locals) at Baby Espresso. The walks gave both of us some fresh air and me some time to just be quiet…
  • Finding Your Own Path via WTF

    michelle
    6 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The following post has been sitting in my drafts folder since January 2012  . . . and let me tell you, finding it and re-reading it NOW is exactly when I needed to do so. Gotta love good irony. Here goes: Let me share something I’ve learned and which has recently been reinforced through my latest obsession: listening to the WTF Podcast with Marc Maron. Everyone who has ever achieved any kind of success got there in his or her own way. Sounds simple, right? From the outside it often seems like it was, the attainment of success, but Maron’s podcast does an awesome job of delving…
  • A Village in Mourning

    michelle
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    A sad fact of village life is that the closeness of the community is never felt more than when it experiences a profound loss. * I was woken up this morning by P, who had left early to go to the campagna. He didn’t make it there as he was stopped on his way to be given some terrible news, and then he came home to tell me. In this morning’s early hours, one of Badolato’s finest lost his life in an accident; his uncle was seriously injured. Sconvolto/a is the word in Italian that describes the feeling when you hear something like this: totally and utterly shocked to the core even…
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  • Zhengzhou

    James Grigsby
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Anyone here in Zhengzhou? Would like to meet
  • Easter Hot Cross Buns

    Anne Taylor
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Hot Cross Buns Ingredients 2 tbs. plus 2 tsp. milk 1/8 tsp. salt (optional) ½ tsp. quick rising dry yeast 1½ tsp. unsalted butter, softened 1½ tsp. brown sugar, firmly packed 1 egg, room temperature plus 1 lightly beaten 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. currants or raisins 1/8 tsp. nutmeg ¼ tsp. water dash of ground allspice 2 Tbs. confectioner's sugar (icing sugar) 1/8 tsp. ground cloves ¾ tsp. heavy cream 1 cup all-purpose (plain) flour, plus additional if necessary Spread with butter or jam as required. Method Place milk in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. When milk…
  • Cyclone

    Anne Taylor
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Cyclone This time of the year in the Northern Territory (monsoon area to the north of the continent), West Coast of Australia (Western Australia) and Queensland (on the east coast) are subject to Cyclones usually in January but they can form anytime up to April.  Last week we had two “lows”, one hanging around the Northern Territory (Lam) and the other off the Coast of Queensland (Marcia). Marcia was a category 1 cyclone until last night when it ramped up to become a category 5.  Category 5 cyclones have wind gusts of up to 295 kilometres per hour.  Lam was not so strong and only…
  • The Winter Solstice冬至

    tonie
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:40 pm
    The Winter Solstice The winter solstice is an important solar term in the lunar calendar in China,which is also a traditional festival. As early as 2,500 years ago, about the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC), China had determined the point of Winter Solstice by observing movements of the sun with a sundial. It is the earliest of the 24 solar terms. The time will be on each December 21 or 22 according to the Gregorian calendar. 2500122122 土圭(tǔ guī) The Northern hemisphere on this day experiences the shortest daytime and longest nighttime. After the Winter Solstice, days will…
  • Four Treasures of the Study 文房四宝

    tonie
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Four Treasures of the Study 文房四宝 The four treasures of the study, is a general name of the main traditional writing tools of Chinese calligraphy. They are the writing brush, ink, paper, and inkstone. 文房四宝是中国传统书法工具的统称。它们分别是:毛笔、墨、宣纸、砚台。 The name of "Wenfang ", dating back to the Southern and Northern Dynasties of China (420—589 A.D.), refers to scholar's study. Besides these four treasures, tools used in the study also include brush pots, brush rack,ink box, wrist-rest, brush washer and inkpad etc. all of which are…
 
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    Australian Daisy

  • How to find a great property in Australia

    Daisy
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Do bear in mind the climate factor when choosing the place as some areas are very hot during May, June and July. Some places rain a lot. Australia had to go through from a ‘correction’ around four years ago, but improved to post annual house price rises at a modest rate for the past three years. Property price rises are decreasing but there is less buyer interest in the market, so for those who are thinking of buying, are in luck. Statistics suggest that the rate of economic tightening in Australia is less than in many other industrialized countries, so the recession may be less dangerous…
  • Cost of motorcycle accessories in Australia

    Daisy
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    In Australia, you can do just about any upgrade to your motorcycle. You choose which parts to upgrade and in what order you will do it. What you need is to purchase the parts that you need the most and fix them to your motorcycle. The types of accessories you need to purchase are greatly influenced by their prices. Here are the prices of different accessories in Australia. The common motorcycle accessories Helmets Men and women leather coats Motorcycle boots Motorcycle bag Motorcycle gloves Helmets Helmets come in different sizes, colour, price, and shapes. A helmet is a vital accessory for…
  • 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…
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    SOVEREIGN MAN

  • Remember the last time people got paid to borrow money? It didn’t end well.

    Simon Black
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:21 am
    March 27, 2015 Santiago, Chile Yesterday morning, CNBC Asia’s anchorman Martin Soong cradled a young, hairy-nosed wombat named Billi on live television. He then transitioned to interview an entrepreneur who is raising money to colonize Mars. Now, as much as I’m sure we’re all fans of wombats… and as much as it might be a great idea to colonize Mars, it’s time to be soberingly honest: these are classic indicators that we’ve reached the top of the market. Money is no longer serious business. It’s all fun and games chasing the latest investment fad with…
  • 4 countries that gun lovers need to know about

    Simon Black
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    March 26, 2015 Santiago, Chile  If there’s one lesson we can learn from the 20th century it’s that we should be suspicious of a government that actively tries to disarm its population. When the Khmer Rouge came to power in Cambodia one of the first things they did was set out to disarm the population. There were already a series of strict gun control laws in place, left over from the time of French colonialism, but the Khmer wanted to take no chances. They went door to door asking people if they had guns, telling them “no one has a need for a gun anymore,” because, “we’re here to…
  • Obama continues to be humiliated by the rising anti-dollar alliance

    Simon Black
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    March 25, 2015 Santiago, Chile Now it’s Austria, Switzerland, and Australia that have joined dozens of other countries around the world in the anti-dollar alliance. These nations, which also include most US ‘allies’ in Western Europe like Germany, France and the UK, have all signed on to be founding members of China’s new Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The AIIB is the biggest disruption to the global monetary system since the end of World War II. For decades, global finance has been completely dominated by the United States… and the US dollar. This…
  • More capital controls as France declares war… on cash

    Simon Black
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    March 24, 2015 Santiago, Chile French paper Le Parisien didn’t mince words in the headline: “La chasse au cash est lancee”. Basically ‘hunting season on cash is launched’. Under the auspices of fighting terrorism, France’s Minister of Finance, Monsieur Michel Sapin, has rolled out a series of eight new restrictions aimed specifically at minimizing the use of cash. Among the new restrictions is a prohibition of making more than 1,000 euros in cash payments (down from 3,000 before). Large cash withdrawls exceeding 10,000 euros per month will also now be…
  • These international assets are extremely cheap (if you own US dollars). It won’t last long.

    Simon Black
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:56 am
    March 23, 2015 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile It’s officially autumn in South America. And almost as if on cue, the weather changed overnight. Temperatures are much cooler now. The sun is less intense. And I can already see the leaves on the trees changing color. This is a huge change from just a week ago when we were still harvesting fresh fruit in the summer heat. Now that autumn is here, our focus has shifted at the farm. We’re no longer concentrating on the harvest and have instead turned our attention to expanding the farm. It is precisely because of these seasons… these…
 
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    Transport Companies Sydney To Brisbane Melbourne

  • WordPress Resources at SiteGround

    peter@pkseoservices.com
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    WordPress is an award-winning web software, used by millions of webmasters worldwide for building their website or blog. SiteGround is proud to host this particular WordPress installation and provide users with multiple resources to facilitate the management of their WP websites: Expert WordPress Hosting SiteGround provides superior WordPress hosting focused on speed, security and customer service. We take care of WordPress sites security with unique server-level customizations, WP auto-updates, and daily backups. We make them faster by regularly upgrading our hardware, offering free CDN with…
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    The Expat Coach Association

  • Getting Involved in the Big Expat World

    Scott Masciarelli
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    “It is so big on the outside but the reality is that it feels very small on the inside.” Said Raj who was describing how he feels after the first nine months of his expatriate assignment in the United States. Raj is from Delhi, India. His relocation came quickly and, like many expatriates, without sufficient preparation. His company provided him with a start date, a one-way ticket to Washington D.C. and a hotel for the first 30 days. From the moment he arrived he has been learning things as he goes. This prompted the realization that what he was truly experiencing was a very small…
  • Coach of the Month – Ebru Goksu Yildirim

    Margie
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Name:  Ebru Goksu Yildirim Title:  Life, Relationship and Personal Branding Coach (BEc, CPCC, ACC, ORSC) Business Name:  Unlocked Potentials Client Testimonials:  www.unlockedpotentials.com Niche/Specialties:  I work with expats on their life, business, relationship and relocation related matters. Expat Experience:  I’ve been an expat myself over 10 years, and studied, lived and worked in various countries, which in return broaden my vision and strengthen my skills as a coach. Prior to coaching, I held some senior regional roles in the corporate world, which involved market research…
  • The First Three Months Abroad

    Scott Masciarelli
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    It has been three months since you have landed in your new host country. Time has likely passed very fast. This is the initial “honeymoon” period of your overseas move where everything is both new and exciting and you are making one discovery after another. It is all an adventure: the food, your new coworkers, learning about local customs and etiquette and the most fun of all is that you get to play tourist. Wouldn’t it be great if this stays like this for the entire assignment? There is that possibility with a little awareness and foresight. For the moment, however, the…
  • 7 steps to overcome intercultural shock while living and working abroad

    Dominika
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Life abroad can be very exciting and demanding, however may also cause an anxiety, stress and homesickness. It may make you feel helpless, alone, lost and uncomfortable, especially if you are looking to build your career and life in new country. There are many expatriates, especially women, who are suffering in silence, either not asking for help or they do not know how, where or who to ask for support to design the career they want and live a successful life abroad. My international experience started over 10 years ago when I moved from a small town in Poland to study psychology in Rome,…
  • Coach of the Month – Steffi Bärmann

    Margie
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Name:  Steffi Bärmann Title:  MSc (consecutive) in Business Administration, Associate Certified Coach (ICF), Certified Adult Educator (wba) Business Name:  think and Grow Client Testimonials:  http://www.thinkandgrow.eu/expatriatecoaching/ Niche/Specialties: –      Expat & Expat Partner Coaching –      The new Job – Coaching for the first 100 days –      Coaching for Managers in a Sandwich Position –      Leading and Working in Virtual Teams –      Train the Coach Expat Experience: I would rather call it “My geographical…
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    You're Not From Around Here, Are You?

  • Not-so-epic hike up to the Monastery – Petra, Jordan

    steve
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:32 am
    The beginning of the hike, near the Crowne Plaza restaurant I’d heard about the grandeur of the Monastery before arriving. Reading blogs beforehand told tales of epic hikes, taking two hours along narrow ledges and avoiding rampaging donkeys. Standing at the end of the valley it’s not possible to see the peak, but there are a lot of staircases visible on the way. I set off and immediately attracted a young boy selling donkey rides, who said I had two hours to go. I doubted this, so said no thanks to the ride. He angrily spurred the donkey, then hit it on the side of the head. The surprise…
  • Notes from Petra – Jordan

    steve
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:44 pm
    The largest basin area has an array of spectacular structures, that you’re allowed to enter. The walk into Petra is downhill all the way, which is easy, but it’s worth remembering that the way out of Petra is going to be entirely uphill, so leave yourself enough time and energy to get back to the entrance. Some of the older and simpler residential homes. The smaller of the two basins If you can’t be bothered to walk around there are endless offers of a donkey, horse, camel or carriage. We declined all of these in favour of walking, as the animals look to be very badly treated,…
  • As-Siq and the Treasury – Petra, Jordan

    steve
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:20 am
    The entrance to the As-Siq canyon. There used to be an archway across. After founding Al-Beida, the Nabateans went on to create their greatest city at Petra. The entrance on the outskirts of modern Petra is reasonably unassuming, with a small ticket office and an unaggressive array of souvenir shops. Walking beyond this the landscape stretches out, but the view is blocked by a ridge. The sandy path leads round to a deep and narrow gorge called the Siq, hemmed in by cliffs up to 80 metres high. To the right of the gorge is a large dam, designed to avoid the flash floods common in the winter…
  • In Photos: Little Petra – Al Beida, Jordan

    steve
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:25 pm
    The very narrow entrance About 10km away from Petra there’s a short canyon that’s home to Al-Beida. Beida means white in Arabic, and the area takes its name from the white rock that makes up the canyon walls. Known as Little Petra this was the home of the Nabateans in the 1st century AD for about 500 years, before they constructed their far larger city at Petra. There’s evidence here of that it was a busy trading post , with relics found that had been traded from round the entire region such as turquoise from Sinai and shells from the Mediterranean. The first view of Little Petra…
  • Floating in the Dead Sea – Aqaba, Jordan

    steve
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    Spotted on the drive towards Aqaba Floating in the Dead Sea has been on my bucket list for a very long time, so I was excited to finally get the chance to visit. Our hotel had a private beach and people on hand to dig out pots of black mud. We were a bit unsure what the protocol was, so sat back for a bit and took our lead from the Jordanian families. The process is quite simple really: Shower, get covered in mud, float in the water till the mud comes off, have another shower and repeat if necessary. In reality it’s a little trickier than that – the mud is massively sticky, the beach is…
 
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    [MM] Muscat Mutterings

  • Blue Carpet event again tomorrow

    Sythe
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Tomorrow evening from 8pm see's the third Blue Carpet exclusive event to take place at the John Barry Bar in the Grand Hyatt, Muscat. This is a swanky members-only evening with live music, jazz and drinks which has been growing in popularity. Part of the appeal is, if you're not on the list, you're not getting in!The T Band will be providing live music at the event tomorrow evening.  Now if you'd like to get on the list, go and register at the website for the event!le fin.
  • Muscat InaFair 2015

    Sythe
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    This Saturday, 28th March, the Indonesian community in Muscat and the Indonesian Embassy to Oman will be putting on a show called INAFEST. It promotes the role of Indonesian women entrepreneurs and will promote Indonesian culture and heritage.There will be a fashion show, pop-up shop and an art performance between 9:30 and 11am. Then between 11am and 3pm there will be an Indonesian food bazar.If you're keen to go to this, call Nina on +968 9818 8216 or Qudir on +968 9521 0339 to confirm as space is limited for the fashion show, but all are welcome from 11am onwards for the food bazar.le fin.
  • Elite gym

    Sythe
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    In January I received an email out of the blue from a man called Yoka offering me a months free personal training and a years membership to his new gym which hadn't yet opened. I was pretty excited, and clueless, about the whole thing and replied back that absolutely I'd be interested. Being a fan of pies, all of them, and having just come out of the Christmas period, I was feeling definitely like it was time to commence Operation: Be Less Fat.Yoka wanted time to set his gym up and told me he'd be in touch in a few weeks. I had mentioned this opportunity to a few people, and the few that had…
  • IQ tonight at Muscat Hills

    Sythe
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Ingmar's Quiz has been growing in popularity and tonight may be the last one before the summer as the mercury is starting to creep up. Its held at the Muscat Hills clubhouse, which they're calling Caddy Shack. There might be a few spots left, so if you're keen and missing your quiz fix after Andy Pyzer cancelled his earlier this week, then go check it out!le fin.
  • Radio Wars: A shift in the force

    Sythe
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    In November last year I conducted a survey on your radio listening trends. Then I had a baby, then Christmas, NYE and a birthday. Then I just got lazy. But finally.... I'm getting around to sharing the results of that survey from November last year and if you're dorky like me you might find this a little bit interesting. You might want to look at the results from my previous survey that I published in March 2014 here as a way to track the changes in radio listener trends.By volume, Hi FM are now no longer the popular choice amongst you, readers of this blog. I think it'd be a bit much to say…
 
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    In Search of a Life Less Ordinary

  • 12 Life Lessons From 12 Years of Living a Life Less Ordinary

    Russell Ward
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Twelve years ago, I moved abroad. Left everything I knew. Said goodbye to people I cherished. Packed up the contents of a beloved house, took off with my wife and two dogs, and shipped out to the other side of the Atlantic.We had no idea what awaited us at the other end.Looking back, I can vividly recollect key points on our journey. The times when being away felt like a burden too heavy to bear. The intense homesickness and abject loneliness in those early days. The miscommunications and cultural differences at work and play. The lack of belonging and the fear of making further changes that…
  • In Search of That Thing Called Happiness

    Russell Ward
    15 Mar 2015 | 5:12 pm
    On balance, I have a good life. Everything I want and need is around me. I spend quality time with family, work the way I choose and pursue my passions with little or no distraction. Life is sweet and I'm fulfilled, but I still haven't found true happiness.I'm not even certain it exists.Although I refocused my life for the better, I wouldn't say I'm in a constant state of happiness. I share ideas on living a life less ordinary but it's not one in which I'm eternally happy.I love where I live but the heat gets me down and the traffic makes me crazy. I work the way I want to but the projects…
  • 3 Things Dating Foreign Women (And Marrying One) Taught Me

    Russell Ward
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:45 pm
    In my younger years, I tried dating girls from my home town but the relationships never got off the ground.Once I was set up with a friend of a friend. We met at a local pub and I hoped for enthusiastic conversation and a bright ending. We talked about the things we both liked but the chat was forced, the mood sombre and we had less in common than we thought.Some time later, I took another local girl on a date. I'd returned from university and while the craving to head abroad had started to grow, I was determined to give hometown life and a night out with this pretty, intelligent girl a fair…
  • How Writing Saved Me

    Russell Ward
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:42 pm
    I was always envious of people who knew exactly what they wanted to do in life. The kind of person that wants to be a doctor from an early age. Or the colleague with a career plan that takes them to the top.Whether it's a respect for this determined spirit or a deep-seated envy of their focus and drive, I often found myself wishing I was more like them. Less prone to dreaming and equipped with a rock-solid future plan.I never seemed able to work out what my plan was. The words "late starter" were often used around me as I emerged from my teens. Slow to get going but he'll figure it out.But I…
  • The Worst Advice You'll Ever Hear About Making Life-Changing Decisions

    Russell Ward
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:43 pm
    With every major life decision I've made, good and bad advice has been freely given.Moving to Canada in 2003, someone dear to me advised that family wouldn't forgive me for the move. I was told my girlfriend (now my wife) wasn't right for me. Assured that friends from home would abandon me.I'd be alone and left to live an unhappy life far from those I knew and cared about.Twelve years on, I'm still living abroad. Getting by. And friends and family continue to care.When I returned to university as a 28-year old, dissatisfied with my corporate career and the killer commute, I was advised I was…
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    Expat Explorer

  • How to say ‘I love you’ in the world’s most romantic countries for expats

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:56 am
    Last year, our Expat Explorer survey revealed some of the most romantic places in the world, based on how respondents answered the question, “Would you agree that you’ve found a life partner in your new country?” According to the findings, the countries where expatriate romance most abounds are Italy, the UK, Russia, China and the Netherlands. On these romantic shores, around half of all expats said they found love!Italian passionItaly, perhaps unsurprisingly due to its connotations with all things romantic, was the number one destination for expat love, according to the participants of…
  • Make like a native – how to learn the language of the locals

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    Learning a new language can be one of the biggest challenges of becoming an expat, but if you really want to make friends, getting to grips with the lingo from the locals is a must. Many expats recommend that getting to know your new neighbours is the best way to become a part of your new home. Here are our top 5 tips on getting to grips with the local lingo from our experienced expats.1. Walk everywhereTaking yourself off public transport and away from just the really well known spots means that you will get to know the real hidden treasures that are right on your doorstep. This will really…
  • The alternative expat guide to staying in touch

    20 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    The internet has revolutionised the way expats stay in touch. There is no substitute for giving your loved ones a hug, but with social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, most expats are only a click away from home. You can read our guide on how to keep in touch with technology here, but how will you communicate when the wi-fi drops out?Here’s our tongue in cheek alternative guide to lo-fi communication, with one important message – if you’re making the move abroad, there is always a way to reach those at home!TelegramThe very first round the world telegram left New York at 7pm…
  • Help inspire the next generation expats. The 2015 Expat Explorer Survey is now open!

    16 Mar 2015 | 1:58 am
    Take part in the 2015 Expat Explorer survey here Do you remember how you felt before you moved abroad? Did you feel nervous; did you wonder whether you’d made the right decision? You probably spent days and days thinking about it, but did you go to someone for advice? If you did, you probably got a lot of comfort and wisdom from the knowledge that someone else had already made the big move before you!  That’s why the Expat Explorer tool is so valuable. It connects all expats: those who are considering the idea for the first time, those who are in the process of moving, experienced…
  • Why growing up abroad is great

    13 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    If you make the move to become an expat, it is inevitable that your children will too; becoming expats is an adventure for all the family.  The thought of moving children around to different parts of the world as they grow up is often a difficult issue for parents contemplating becoming expats.  Without question, the experience will be challenging at times, with the term ‘third culture kids’ describing the potential confusion of growing up in-between places and cultures.  However, despite the challenges, there are strong arguments for why growing up abroad is great. …
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    Le Franco Phoney

  • Shoot targets underwater in La Clusaz!

    Wendy
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:08 am
    This week, this photo appeared on my Facebook feed: Err, what? Is this an actual thing? Underwater shooting in a swimming pool apparently is a thing in La Clusaz and Europe in general. A bit of research reveals that this sport was borne in the eighties in France, where it’s known as tir sur cible subaquatique. Competitors must be eighteen, so it looks like La Clusaz are hoping to introduce this…erm….’sport’…to future champions. They’re allowed to use a diving mask, fins, snorkel, speargun, diving weights and a wetsuit. As someone who struggles to…
  • The acceptable fart sound

    Wendy
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:33 am
    In France, it’s unheard of to start a meal with without saying “Bon appetit“. Cheese is served before dessert. Kids are shooshed if they talk loudly in a public place (making the parents far louder than the kids), and it’s just plain wrong to offer chrysanthemums to a living person. It’s a country that sells croque monsieurs in busy pubs during gigs, because even the toughest punk fan enjoys the tenderness of the melted cheese in a ham and cheese toasty. Etiquette differs between regions as to how many kisses are given when greeting someone, but kisses are always…
  • What France thinks of vegetarians

    Wendy
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Ahh, look at this rustic hippy scene from the seventies. Hang on, that’s an image from a brand new advertisement on French TV. The ad represents vegetarians as hippies living in houses with home-made decorations like shells on strings. Add some cotton shirts, bouffant hair and beaded jewelry and we’ve got the perfect hippy family. Cured meat makers, Aoste, are responsible for the ad, in full, below (with a shortened translation under it). Dad: “But how come you don’t want to be a vegetarian anymore?” Son: “I’m sick of always eating the same things —…
  • Is this sign really needed?

    Wendy
    11 Feb 2015 | 11:51 am
    This photo needs little commentary. Public toilets in La Clusaz are often shared by both sexes, and when I walked into this one, the sight of urinals didn’t surprise me. The sign, however, did. It says “Water not drinkable.” Who is this sign for? Who tried to drink out of a urinal? Related posts: Public toilets in Annecy This photo is probably a bit misleading after a title... The tipipi – the best toilet ever Pictured is the door to a very special tipi (or... When ‘forbidden’ doesn’t really mean it The sign in this photo translates roughly to…
  • Switching to winter tyres in France

    Wendy
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Last year, I bought a new car. It has big tyres, so I looked at the cost of snow tyres and thinner wheels online, hoping it would be cheaper than in La Clusaz or Annecy. Undecided, I visited Norauto for advice. The guy was super helpful and provided three printed quotes. He offered a loyalty card with 15% off any purchase, bringing the total price down out to around the same as the online prices. “Just call the number on the paper if you want to book your car in,” he said. Too easy! It really was too easy to be true. It seems that my first Norauto experience was in some parallel…
 
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    EXPATLOG

  • An Apologist’s Apology

    Aisha Ashraf
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    Instead of building intercultural bridges as I imagined, I was adding my bricks to the prisons so many are walled up in by their own communities... The post An Apologist’s Apology appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • The Coldest February Since Eighteen-Something

    Aisha Ashraf
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:57 am
    They said on the radio today this was the coldest February since eighteen-something. After a certain point cold is cold is cold. The post The Coldest February Since Eighteen-Something appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • Accepting Disability – A Work In Progress

    Aisha Ashraf
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    I don’t need to take on the responsibility for changing other people’s misconceptions. Learning to be honest and authentic - standing in my own truth – is more important right now. The post Accepting Disability – A Work In Progress appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • Hypomania: riding the bipolar high

    Aisha Ashraf
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:19 am
    These days when I relax in shavasana at the end of yoga the tears flowing into my ears are from an ecstasy of joy not sorrow... The post Hypomania: riding the bipolar high appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • Leaving Islam – the hangover

    Aisha Ashraf
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    There's no room for questions or variance in expression of belief in Islam - to be true to myself I must step out. The post Leaving Islam – the hangover appeared first on EXPATLOG.
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    iExpats

  • EU Court Backs British Expats In Homes Row

    Jim Atkins
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:39 pm
    British expats in France can claim a share of millions of pounds of compensation after the European Court ruled in their favour against unfair social security payments imposed by President Francois Hollande’s government. Around 200,000 expats who have rented out or sold homes in France during the past three years will benefit from the victory following the legal challenge. In 2012, the government ordered that expats with second homes should pay income tax on rental profits at 35.5% instead of 20%. At the same time, taxes on any capital gains on the sale of a property were hiked from 19% to…
  • QROPS LIST – March 15, 2015

    Lisa Smith
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:38 pm
    The lack of Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) providers taking part in the new flexible access rules starting from April 6 seem to have no effect on the appetite of expat retirement savers to transfer their pension funds overseas. The only financial jurisdictions to indicating they will allow flexible access are Guernsey, Malta and Gibraltar. However, 30 new QROPS are included on the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) QROPS List, while two schemes have delisted. New QROPS QROPS have opened in: Learn more about QROPS Find out more information about the basic features, benefits…
  • SEIS Rules Tweaked In Budget 2015

    Jim Atkins
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Some of the rules for Seed Enterprise Investment Schemes (SEIS) have been tweaked in Budget 2015 by Chancellor George Osborne. He had to update some of the rules to comply with the latest state-aid rules laid down by the European Union to avoid claims from other nations that he was giving disguised government financial help to businesses. The new rules posted under paragraph 1.199 of the Budget Red Book not only affect SEIS, but the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Venture Capital Trusts (VCT) as well, writes Stuart Smith of web site SEIS.co.uk. The changes Explaining the changes: Learn…
  • HMRC Wins Case Over World’s Most Expensive House

    Jim Atkins
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Businessman Baljit Singh Bhandal has lost a claim against the tax man after the world’s most expensive house was seized in a money laundering and VAT fraud investigation. Updown Court, a huge 100-room mini-palace in Surrey was once valued at £80 million, but was seized during an HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) tax evasion investigation in 2001. The compliance inquiry concerned non-payment of VAT and duty on alcohol sold from a bonded warehouse. Bhandal was accused of money laundering and fraud, but the case collapsed because he fled the country for the USA on a false passport and his…
  • HMRC Blitz Wins £100 Billion In Tax Avoidance Cash

    Lisa Smith
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:47 pm
    Government money handed to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to blitz tax avoidance has given a return of more than 100 times the investment. The incoming coalition government pledged £900 million to bolster HMRC’s compliance departments in 2011. The money was spent on sophisticated technology and recruiting specialist investigators. Since then, HMRC has collected around £100 billion from compliance inquiries and prosecuted more than 2,650 crooks for tax evasion, compared to about 500 in the previous years. However, MPs have expressed concern that HMRC has shed around 40% of staff during…
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    expatsblog.com

  • The number of Spaniards living abroad doubles

    Louise Baldwin
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    From the year 2009 and 2015, the amount of Spanish people living abroad grew by 48 per cent. Recent figures show that as of the 1st January there were 2,183,043 Spaniards registered on consular lists compared with 1,471,691 six years ago. The data, which was released by the National Institute of Statistics of Madrid, must not indicate... Expats Blog -
  • Maldives: Illegal transfers of expat jobs to be penalized

    Charles Smith
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    On Thursday, the Immigration Department in the Maldives said that expats who came to the country for specific jobs, which were then being illegally transferred for other work, would be penalized. This would also include terminating the permits of employers to bring in expats in the future. A statement released by the Immigration Department... Expats Blog -
  • Adelaide best place to live for expats

    Charles Smith
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    An eminent British newspaper recently compiled a list of the “best places to live overseas” and concluded that Adelaide was the winner. The Sunday Times, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, gave pride of place to the “small and perfectly formed” city as the most desirable international destinations. Another contender on the list was... Expats Blog -
  • British student among Germanwings victims

    Steph MacDonald
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Paul Andrew Bramley, a 28 year old, was enrolled at César Ritz College’s hospitality and tourism course in Lucerne. According to UK officials, Mr. Bramley, originally from Hull, England was one of three British passengers flying from Barcelona to Düsseldorf on the Airbus 320. On Tuesday, the plane crashed in the mountainous area in... Expats Blog -
  • Neglected paperwork could result in expats losing their state pension

    Louise Baldwin
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Pensioners from the UK who live abroad need to keep up to date with their paperwork or they will risk losing their state pension. Expats over the age of 75 regularly receive forms sent by the Department of Work and Pensions, requesting proof that they are still alive. They only have nine months to complete these forms and return them. If the... Expats Blog -
 
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  • tiny dancer (a hall of mirrors)

    23 Mar 2015 | 4:58 am
    It happened quite gently. N stood up from our bed in the middle of the night and said something. I trailed her to the bathroom, the floor slick under my feet. She was already calling her sister. It was time. There was a series of hallways. A big room we waited in, her with the monitor strapped around her. Everything was shared in hushed fragments, words dropped, faces nodding. A nurse turned the main lights off and I watched her in the bed, just one light behind her like she was in an opera. I held her hand, sat in an awkward wobbly chair and closed my eyes for a few minutes.The sun had…
  • no post this week

    16 Mar 2015 | 5:21 am
    for the first time in years, I am not going to be able to post this week, but be sure to check in next monday - it should be a very special one.
  • the disappearance of imaginary messages

    9 Mar 2015 | 4:10 am
    On most days the sidewalks are a lumpy sheet of ice. I have gotten good at tiptoeing across them, sliding, skidding but not falling. E grips my hand as tight as she can and we make our way. I stopped realizing this high wire act has been going on for eight years now. They say you do two years in prison, the day you go in and the day you come out. I think I know something about what that means now.There was a time when I spent every day forcing my will, imagining an invisible page turning, a phone call, a message and us on a plane the next day. Each day I whittled away at this fantasy,…
  • losing time

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:45 am
    It was a few months ago. The snow came suddenly, just after breakfast with drifts over a foot. The cars were sliding wildly up the hills even with winter tires and four wheel drive. The mashrutka came after a long wait and I wondered if it would make it up the hill. A long line of shiny black cars stood in front of us. E was waiting for me to see her Christmas show. It was the last day of school before winter break. I jumped to my feet and asked the driver to let me out, less than a hundred feet from where I had gotten on after 15 minutes passed. The snow was almost to my knees, and I…
  • a dress rehearsal (landscape of a man, part 2)

    23 Feb 2015 | 3:29 am
    When the air runs warm and the snow starts to melt, it is no surprise that I feel restless. If I had long hair, I might walk into a barber shop and ask to cut them everything off like I used to. The streets are crusted with dog shit long hidden in snow banks. Children wander towards playgrounds still wrapped head to toe. They will be in snowsuits until the trees turn green. I wake in the middle of the night, listen to N's breathing and then go to the kitchen for a glass of water. I check on E, curled like a fern on top of her blankets, a hand stretched out to some imaginary friend. A…
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    Earth Laughs in Flowers

  • Power and Water cuts, just part of Living in Turkey

    Kerry Arslan
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    Earth Laughs in Flowers - A Guide to Living in Turkey Power and Water cuts in Turkey is just part of living in Turkey, and yet I am... Earth Laughs in Flowers - A Guide to Living in Turkey
  • Being a Mum in Turkey, Often feels like being a single Mum

    Kerry Arslan
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:34 am
    Earth Laughs in Flowers - A Guide to Living in Turkey Being a Mum in Turkey, often feels like being a single Mum, (well for me anyway!) I... Earth Laughs in Flowers - A Guide to Living in Turkey
  • Living Turkey and the Visa System.

    Kerry Arslan
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Earth Laughs in Flowers - A Guide to Living in Turkey Last week I wrote about how difficult and in my opinion how unfair the UK Visa system... Earth Laughs in Flowers - A Guide to Living in Turkey
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    Tim Potter Philippines Via Sugar Land TX

  • FREE Calls From Philippines FREE

    Tim Potter
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    Calls to the US for FreeThis and much more great information located over at XDA forums. This article replace one I wrote previously and is outdated.Just a few a few things for thought if you are unable to get the free calling or correct packages you may need to follow the instruction for registering it in the USA.  Available at the start of the older free calling page.  CLICK HERE.  That was an article I (Timothy Potter Texas) wrote about two years ago.Google HangoutsAndroid: If you thought Google Voice integration would be the biggest Hangouts-related news today, you were…
  • Expats with Run-ins with the Law

    Tim Potter
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Philippine Expats Run-Ins with the Law"Tim Potter Sugar Land Texas, USMC-Retired" proposed a question to the Living Cebu Forums.As you read through many of the more recent topics you see a constant theme of people being anti establishment. This is more then just being upset over an excessive search but a feeling they wereDo the Crime, Do the Timewronged previously generating their anger. You see this as they discount everything that has now afford them the opportunity to live in the Philippines. Before someone says oh I worked hard for it. So did that Filipino so compare equally the Social…
  • Want to marry a Filipina and live in the US

    Tim Potter
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Two Ways to Visa ApprovalThis is an Excellent Article written by MilesHigh at Living Cebu Forums.  I Blog this noting the realities faced in marriage and the time frames and advice given.Two ways to get ApprovedThere are basically 2 choices; marriage in the US (K1 visa – other visas possible but not contemplated herein) or in the Philippines (IR1/CR1/K3, IR1 or CR1 is a preferred category as her LPR is an automatic process; DCF for IR1/CR1 is explained in other thread in this forum).The advantages I see for the K1 visa route are, inter alia:1) Divorcing in the US would be as easy as…
  • Living in Rural Cebu Philippines

    Tim Potter
    26 Apr 2013 | 4:50 am
    My Views and OpinionsWritten by Guest writer Tobster Living Cebu ForumsI have been living in rural Barili for about two and a half years now and for the most part I enjoy it. I have gotten used to most of the things that bother other members of this forum. Such as...Rosters.....We have alot, we breed and fight them. I am not a gambler but I enjoy fighting and breeding. I really dont mind and dont really notice the noise early in the morning.Brownouts.....Get a bit of a storm and a tree will always take out the power. They are always upgrading here so all day brownouts on Sunday are the norm.
  • Free Communication Calls USA

    Tim Potter
    18 Mar 2013 | 2:12 am
    Make free Calls to the US and to your loved one anytime.This has been updated and you should refer to this link:CLICK HEREOver the years it has gotten cheaper and less expensive to communicate with loved ones.  The internet has made it easy to make low cost and free calls to loved ones.  Since I am from the USA this post will regard calling the USA for cheap.  Yet many other countries offer the same deals.  So how do I call the US for no money and talk all I want.  Also what do I use for text messaging the USA for free. Well love them or hate them I use Google Voice.
 
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    Cartus Blog

  • The Hidden Obstacle to Mobility: Schooling for Children with Special Needs

    Susan Ginsberg
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Cartus’ Biggest Challenges survey lists schooling issues as one of the leading challenges for employees relocating abroad. Of particular concern were schooling challenges in Greater China (cited by 48% of respondents), Africa (45%), and the Middle East (44%). Given that the survey sample includes employees both with and without children, it is almost certainly the case that for families with children, schooling is at the top of the list of concerns. Think about your own relocating employees; it’s quite likely that the biggest single obstacle to talent mobility involves moving with…
  • Relocating to Vietnam: What You Need to Know

    Ashley Barry
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Located in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is known for its beautiful landscape and welcoming people. Our latest Emerging Market Watch on Vietnam discusses the key challenges that international assignees may face when living and working in the country. Those relocating there should be sure to visit the Mekong Delta in southwestern Vietnam, which offers colorful floating markets, fruit orchards, rice paddies, villages, and bird sanctuaries. The bustling Ho Chi Minh City, located along the Saigon River, is also not to be missed. Watch the Cartus On the Ground video on Vietnam to find out more about…
  • Cartus Named to Training 125 List for 14th Consecutive Year

    Patricia Small
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    For the 14th consecutive year, Cartus has been ranked as a top company for organizational development and training by Training Magazine—the training industry’s premier publication. We are the only relocation services provider to be included in Training’s Top 125 list. “Being recognized by Training Magazine for 14 consecutive years is a tremendous source of pride for us,” said Amy Meichner, Cartus senior vice president, global human resources. “The collaboration between our Learning & Development staff and our business groups is what helps us identify the innovative training…
  • Relocating to Poland: What You Need to Know

    Agata Bondarczuk
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Located in Central Europe, the Republic of Poland is becoming a frequent destination for international assignees. Our latest Market Watch on Poland discusses the challenges that assignees may face when moving there. Challenges for International Assignees Housing There is a distinct divide between availability of properties in major cities and the rest of the country, with the general rule being the smaller the city, the less housing available. Cities like Warsaw, Lodz, Wroclaw, and Krakow provide a good selection of expatriate accommodation, including apartments and houses. Outside of these…
  • A Cultural Take on St. Patrick’s Day

    Chelsea Devlin
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    St. Patrick’s Day is famous for its fanfare and overindulgence in the use of the color green, with green dye even being added to food and beverages. Being of Irish heritage and growing up in the U.S., I have always decorated with the iconic shamrocks and leprechauns with their pots of gold at the end of the rainbow. When my cousins and I were young, our Buppa (grandfather) would tell us in his thick, Irish brogue that he was a real-life leprechaun. Despite his height and barrel chest, we absolutely believed the man from County Tyrone. As school children, teachers had us change our last…
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    Expatriate Connection

  • Trailing Spouse: 12 Reasons You Weep And Laugh At The Same Time (And Why It Matters)

    admin
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Moving abroad — leaving everything behind — feels like jumping into the void.  It’s both exhilarating and scary. You feel at the same time excited by the adventure and guilty for this opportunity some will never have. You find yourself filled with joy at the prospect of broadening your horizons and loaded with sadness when […] The post Trailing Spouse: 12 Reasons You Weep And Laugh At The Same Time (And Why It Matters) appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • How To Live With Uncertainty – Two Coping Strategies That Could Change Your Life

    admin
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:18 am
    Living in uncertainty is not an expat privilege. Anyone may get a cold, be fired or lose a loved one tomorrow without notice. Life is unpredictable. But the expat existence, linked to high mobility and often tied to the dictate of global companies and fast changing economic conditions, entails a heightened number of unknowns to […] The post How To Live With Uncertainty – Two Coping Strategies That Could Change Your Life appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • Three Good Reasons You Struggle With Living in Uncertainty

    admin
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:18 am
    “We’ve now been living in this country for two years. My husband’s contract is officially finished in 6 months.” Lisa is telling her story for the umpteenth time to Beth, a new mum whose son just joined the International School. “His contract may be renewed but there’s also a strong probability that it won’t. We […] The post Three Good Reasons You Struggle With Living in Uncertainty appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • This Widespread Disease Can Kill Your Expat Couple (Here’s What You Can Do About It)

    admin
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:46 am
    You longed for this moment all day. And when you heard the car’s engine at the front door, your heart bounced. “Finally! He’s home!” Today was like so many other days. You hadn’t seen a soul. After six months in this new country, you’re still struggling to hold a simple conversation, let alone read the […] The post This Widespread Disease Can Kill Your Expat Couple (Here’s What You Can Do About It) appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • 2014 – A Year in Expatland

    admin
    28 Dec 2014 | 5:51 am
    End of last year, I took you on a journey: the story of an expat family through a compilation of all the articles published on the blog. The suspense was at its peak: we left this family in disarray after Peter had lost his job abroad. Here’s what happened in 2014. Disclaimer: Not all characters […] The post 2014 – A Year in Expatland appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
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  • City Guide: Toronto

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    There are a few good reasons that Canada frequently appears high up in the polls as a favourite destination for expats around the world. The world's second largest country offers not only a selection of vibrant, cosmopolitan cities, but acres of breathtaking natural scenery, from epic forests thick with birdsong, to glittering lakes reflecting all of nature's glory throughout the colourful seasons. And with the ease of integration that comes from its dual national language of English and French, it's clear that this is a country that British expats find very easy to settle into. Introducing…
  • Struggling With EU Red Tape? Try the 'Your Europe' Advice Service and SOLVIT

    20 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    There's no doubt that a move abroad can feel laced with romance. The excitement of discovering a new culture, encountering new people, pursuing new experiences and the wealth of opportunities and adventures presented when you start afresh – who knows what might be waiting around the corner? Unfortunately, the great dream of moving abroad can bring you back down to earth with a colossal thump when you come face-to-face with the practicalities to consider – not just the physical hurdles of relocating your possessions abroad but the reams of necessary paperwork to complete in order to…
  • Top 5 Places For Expats To Live In France

    19 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    France has always been a firm favourite among the expat crowd seeking to make the big move overseas. The country is particularly popular for those looking to relocate from the UK as the close proximity to home means that visiting loved ones is a simple hop, skip and a jump away across the Channel. France also offers an enviable climate with reliable summers and a varied landscape providing the opportunity to enjoy both snow-laden, winter escapes as well as hot beaches on the glittering south coast. This richly diverse country caters to a range of preferences, whether it's the sophistication…
  • A Guide To Buying Property In Italy

    17 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Whether it's the glamorous shopping of Milan, the mountain air of the Lake District, or the delectable dishes on offer throughout the country, Italy has something for everyone; all wrapped up in a temperate Mediterranean climate of cornflower skies and glowing sunshine. Whether you are seduced by the culture of Venice, the history of Rome or the scenic countryside of Tuscany, this multi-faceted siren has tempted expats from all over the world to enjoy la dolce vita and start a new life upon her versatile shores. Sounds like a dream, right? Well, with our guide to buying a property in Italy,…
  • Singapore Named 'Best For Expats' By ECA Expat Survey

    13 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    There's no doubt about it, expats have a lot of love for Singapore. The latest ECA International Expat Survey has revealed its annual list of the most liveable cities in the world - and Singapore has taken the crown. The ECA International survey enables expats around the world to rate their host countries on a range of factors. These factors include climate; housing; social integration; personal safety; crime rates; political structure; heath facilities; and environmental concerns such as air quality. This data helps the organisation assist employers with how best to support and compensate…
 
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    One Foot in Europe

  • Rasnov Fortress Romania in Photos

    one foot in Europe
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    To be able to say that I never got bored after visiting this monument four times in four weeks says a lot. Not only is it an impressive piece of history preserved, it is also situated at the top of a hill with incredible views of the always breathtaking Transylvanian fauna. Situated in the county of Brasov, Rasnov is definitely worth passing through if you are in the area.      
  • Brasov in a Day

    one foot in Europe
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Any of my friends will tell you about how I rave about Romania. All too often the reaction I get when I tell people I taught at a summer camp there is, ‘urgh wasn’t it horrible’. If Mr Farage and the Daily Mail are the only things that have alerted you to the countries existence and your opinion has been informed by this well, then we probably shouldn’t even be talking anyway. But seriously, I am always going on about Romania as if it were a hidden gem nestled in the Eastern reaches of Europe. Too many people have never even given it a thought as somewhere they ought…
  • The Strays of Istanbul

    one foot in Europe
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:59 pm
    When you live somewhere so artificially ugly it is easy to appreciate the beauty in things that would otherwise have gone unappreciated and so, in a strange twist, the world instantly becomes more beautiful. The smallest things, once previously taken for granted take on a shine that I call seeing the world through grey tinted glasses. How intense the pink of the spring bloom looks against the dank, grey wall it is fighting with for space. The startling purple of this plant above (excuse my lack of plant knowledge) against the back drop of the unkempt bit of greenery the locality has not…
  • Bran and Bran Castle

    one foot in Europe
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Some of my fondest memories of Romania were on the bus to the various excursions we made with the children,  across the weeks. Even though we had to repeat each excursion four times for each new group that came in, the scenery spied on those retro bus rides never ceased to amaze. As the bus rolled out of Moiceu de Jos, I held my breath as not not have it taken away by the dramatic backdrop of forested hills foregrounded by the characteristic pointy spires that seem very much a part of Romanian architecture. This was the sign that we were pulling into Bran.   A few minutes on and we…
  • A Transylvanian Summer

    one foot in Europe
    27 Dec 2014 | 2:07 pm
    After a brief introduction to Romania through the city of contrasts that is Bucharest, we were whisked off to our new home for four weeks, the BnB Podul Turcului located in Moeciu de Jos.  Situated at the bottom of a valley not too far away from the super touristy Bran, this place was the perfect escape from the rest of the world. Here we had a unique insight into rural Romanian life, but with a road running through it and buses to Bran and as far as Brasov, I instantly fell in love with the place. With a busy 6 day a week schedule, teaching and activity leading, we did not have much time to…
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    LOS GRINGOS LOCOS

  • Smiles – The Best Things in Life Are Free

    Tina
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    LOS GRINGOS LOCOS LOS GRINGOS LOCOS - LIVING ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA WITH FOUR KIDS There is a saying…”The Best Things in Life are Free.” One of the best free things in my life are smiles. If you ask anyone who knows me, they will tell you that I have a big smile that I … Continued Smiles – The Best Things in Life Are Free LOS GRINGOS LOCOS.
  • Life Lessons with Mexico Mom – Mexican Bugs!

    Tina
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    LOS GRINGOS LOCOS LOS GRINGOS LOCOS - LIVING ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA WITH FOUR KIDS Weekly Life Lessons with a Mexico Mom – As a wife of one and a mom of four, I am always learning and discovering! I know I am not alone. Let’s just admit it: The world is a big place, … Continued Life Lessons with Mexico Mom – Mexican Bugs! LOS GRINGOS LOCOS.
  • Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup 25

    Tina
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    LOS GRINGOS LOCOS LOS GRINGOS LOCOS - LIVING ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA WITH FOUR KIDS Welcome to our 25th week of Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup. Last week we broke our record with 73 links! Thanks everyone :-) Please continue to join us and share so we can grow! Laugh and Learn … Continued Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup 25 LOS GRINGOS LOCOS.
  • Insane – What My Schedule Really Looks Like

    Tina
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    LOS GRINGOS LOCOS LOS GRINGOS LOCOS - LIVING ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA WITH FOUR KIDS Insane. That is what my schedule really looks like. Oh, I have a schedule and I love my schedule. It keeps us functional. Unfortunately though, many days like today, the schedule goes out the window. Days like today, I have … Continued Insane – What My Schedule Really Looks Like LOS GRINGOS LOCOS.
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  • Thailand snorkeling at Koh Ha

    admin
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    A highlight of our Thailand vacation was snorkeling off the coast of Koh Lanta at Kho Ha. The area is part of Koh Lanta Marine Park, and is accessible only by dive boat. We had the expertise of Anti Gravity Divers to take us to one of the most beautiful places in the world.  It really seemed like we were living in our own postcard! The boat ride began at Klong Nin Beach and was about an hour long. They included breakfast, lunch, and seasickness capsules!  Most of the 40 customers on board were scuba divers, with about a dozen snorkelers – like us!   It was an international crowd,…
  • Bangkok Bike Tour: Slums, Mangrove Forest, Market, City

    admin
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:33 am
    We had a lot to look forward to on our first day in Bangkok!  Our Atlanta friends had flown all the way across the world to hang out with us in this amazing country! And, so after a 1:00a.m arrival followed by an eye-opening ride through the seediest parts of the city to the hotel (the grumpy taxi driver apparently didn’t seem to know about the Expressway!), we rose for an early morning departure. It was awesome to meet our friends and take off for our Bangkok bike tour. We used Follow Me Bike Tours as our guide, and went on the Siam Sawan Tour. The tour promised a departure from…
  • Bangkok’s Grand Palace

    admin
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:52 pm
    We visited Bangkok, Thailand, over the Chinese New Year holiday, on the way to and from our beach vacation in Krabi. There are many temples and things to do there, and the most amazing one to visit, in my opinion, is Bangkok’s Grand Palace. Glittering from tip to toe in gold, jewels, mirrors, intricate tiles, and incredible – sometimes eccentric – architecture, the Palace grounds were a delight to explore with our kids.  It was built in 1782 and the royal family lived there until 1925.  Now they have official events there but mostly it’s just a tourist’s…
  • Thailand sunset

    admin
    15 Feb 2015 | 3:34 am
    The post Thailand sunset appeared first on Ogles & Observations. Related posts: Our next post: Guangzhou, China Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall in Guangzhou A trip to Ikea in Guangzhou
  • Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall in Guangzhou

    admin
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:45 pm
    Sun Yat Sen was the first president of the People’s Republic of China, back in the early 1900s.  He was also a doctor and hailed by many to be one of China’s greatest leaders.  There are multiple universities, hospitals and other places of honor for him all throughout China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Today we visited the Memorial Hall here in Guangzhou.  It’s really a large auditorium with beautiful gardens on the grounds.  I’ve always wanted to see what was inside….and now I know!  I probably wouldn’t go back with my kids….not too much for them to…
 
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    Expat Newswire

  • Highest Incomes in Switzerland while Americans Wages Fall

    Natasha Kracynski
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Switzerland boasts the largest disposable income of any nation on Earth, topping second-place Australia by over $2,000 per month. A new study by Movehub.com shows that personal disposable income, which calculates how much spending power individuals have after taxes, is largest in the central European nation, at over $6,300 per month. Australia was a distant second, with $3,780, followed by Denmark ($3,269), the United States ($3,258), and Ireland ($2,991). The high PDI of Switzerland is enjoyed by a large number of residents, including expats, thanks to the country’s relatively low…
  • Strong Dollar Benefits Tourists, Hurts Expats

    Natasha Kracynski
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    Europe is on sale for Americans eager to visit the continent, where a weak euro has made everything from hotels to restaurants cheaper, but the trend is hurting expats living and working in the continent. In addition to cheap euro-denominated goods and services, air travel to Europe has also fallen in price thanks to falling oil prices. Round-trip tickets from New York City to Europe have fallen to as less than $400 in some extreme cases, and many travelers are reporting wide availability across airlines. Expats, however, are feeling the pinch from a falling euro. John Reyes is a financial…
  • Passports for Sale: How to Quickly Get New Citizenship and Passports

    Justin Davis
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    heihere is now a growing movement of people investing money into a country in exchange for citizenship.  Put more bluntly it is sometimes called “passports for sale”, though the people involved do like this term. The basic concept is that in countries such as St. Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, and others in the Caribbean, Malta, which is the smallest country in the European Union, and some other places, the government has programs where it is easy to get citizenship and a passport in exchange for a donation, purchase, or other investment. People do this for a number of reasons.  They…
  • Asian Economies Slow as Central Banks Slash Rates

    Natasha Kracynski
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    Central Banks across Asia have lowered interest rates as they see growth slowing in a worrying trend that could crimp demand for expat workers. The People’s Bank of China, the Bank of Korea, and the Bank of Thailand have all cut interest rates recently, citing low growth and the need to stimulate local economies. GDP growth in China is expected to disappoint, falling below 7% as industrial output growth falls and retail sales rise at the lowest rate in a decade. In Korea, the Bank of Korea is looking to stimulate demand by encouraging banks to lend more to small businesses and make them…
  • Google Flights Relaunches, Has Many Ways to Save Money

    Justin Davis
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    Google Flights has recently relaunched.  Travellers may remember a few years ago when Google bought ITA Software in April of 2011 for $700 million.  They then launched a flight comparison service similar to Orbitz and Kayak on September 13, 2011.  Now it has come back with new features. Google Maps is now integrated with Google Flights so you can see prices listed on the maps.  So if for example you want a trip to Europe, you may want to start the trip wherever the flight is cheapest. The “I’m feeling lucky” feature from Google works on Google Flights now also.  It can…
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    Young Rubbish

  • Stroll Through Marylebone ● by Jess

    J.K.B. Young
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:46 am
    I've been working awfully hard to get things ready to open my Etsy store in the next couples of days. My little fingers have been ferociously sketching away, so much so that I finally ran out of supplies. Lucky for me, the walk to the art store is through Marylebone, which is one of my favourite neighbourhoods in London. Success! Pens procured!! Plus I got a pretty sweet discount on the paper, which made me quite happy. Now, time for more adventuring....I spent a fair bit of time around Oxford Circus and found these two gorgeous statues up high on a wall, tucked into a little street…
  • Evan + Brittany + Camden ● by Jess

    J.K.B. Young
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:15 am
    First things first, if I could quickly direct your attention upwards, to the sexy new bar up at the top of the page. It took me 4 hours to write the code for that little sucker! To be fair, anybody that knows html could probably do it in like 10 minutes... but I'm not that skilled, so I'm pretty stinkin proud of myself. Anyway, I think silent applause is in order.... Yup, that'll do it. Now let's talk about Camden.As I mentioned earlier this week, Evan (my friend from high school) and his wife Brittany are in town. I decided to take them up to Camden Market, St. Pancras Station and…
  • Where to Stand to Take the Best Travel Photos: Big Ben

    J.K.B. Young
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    I think we've all experienced FOMO (that horrible fear of missing out), but I've only recently experienced something a bit worse. It's a little something I like to call RYMO (Realising You Missed Out). This is sort of like FOMO, but you experience it after you get home and see other people's photos. You sift them and you find yourself sitting there thinking, "AH! How did I not get that shot? And where were they standing when they took it?"Maybe it's the photographer in me, but my fear of RYMO is so intense that I research our future travel destinations on Pinterest before heading off, with…
  • Visiting Friends ● by Jess

    J.K.B. Young
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    This week has been filled with SO MANY VISITORS! WHOO-HOO! Several friends from various stages in our lives have popped up in London this week, which has been *fantastic*. The first one to come over was our dear friend, Tamara. Jon met her at BYU and, after she moved out to NYC, we got to know each other. We decided to take her to Borough Market, which was admittedly not as bustling as it is on the weekends, but was still super delicious.  Jon went for the seafood paella. Tamara and I opted for the highland venison burgers (with bacon jam-- oh boy!). It was a culinary adventure!Now…
  • The Ultimate Guide: Where to Stay in London ● by Jess

    J.K.B. Young
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
    So many people have asked me where to stay in London lately and, until now, I haven't had a good answer for them. I decided it was high time I figure it out. Behold! The thrillingly exhaustive guide to where to stay on your trip to in London.Let me just start off by saying there is no best area. It completely depends on what kind of London experience you are hoping for. My recommendation would depend on:Your budget The number of visitors you have coming Which airport you are flying into (there are 5 major commercial airports + 3 cruise/ferry ports) What attractions you want to…
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  • Lost in translation. Word of the day: Meraki

    Susan Athanasakou
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    There are so many words in the Greek vocabulary, which are untranslatable.Yes, we can get the general meaning, the concept of the word, but the feeling, the soul of it, is lost in translation.The novelist, Salman Rushdie, wrote in his book “Shame”:“To unlock a society, look at its untranslatable words”Look at untranslatable Greek words then, and maybe, just maybe, you will get to the heart, to the very essence of the Greek people."MERAKI", is one such word, a favourite of mine, well second favourite maybe, "PHILOTIMO" tops my list I think, learn all about philotimo from one of my…
  • Dreaming of Paris in the springtime

    Susan Athanasakou
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
    Paris in springAm I really in Greece in the spring?Days and days of seemingly endless filthy weather, makes me think otherwise.A lucky friend of mine, today, leaves for Paris.Paris in springtime!I can only dream, and reminisce.MGG (My Greek God) and I, have been through Paris, countless times, and got lost countless times in the process, I might add, on car trips from Greece to England and vice versa, but, we had never actually spent any time there.Well MGG had, in his youth, this he thought, made him an expert, we still got lost though!MGG at a very tender age in ParisWe kept thinking of…
  • "Freedom or Death" 25 March, Happy Greek Independence Day

    Susan Athanasakou
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:34 pm
    My children, celebrating 25 MarchI do so hope the weather is good for tomorrow, the twenty fifth of March, we have had so much rain lately, Greece, along with Greeks all over the world; will be celebrating Greek Independence Day.This day is celebrated with parades, in the largest towns and the smallest villages, preparations and rehearsals have been in full swing, for days beforehand.The children, are especially excited, they get to dress up!Mothers have frantically been gathering together, Greek traditional outfits for the girls, tsaroukia (the shoes worn by the tsoliades), foustanellas (the…
  • This is Greece:This is Sparta!

    Susan Athanasakou
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:18 am
    Spartan warriorRecently my travels around the Peloponnese have been plagued by bad weather, namely, torrential rain, so when the chance arose to visit Sparta, I didn't jump at it!Then I had second thoughts and had a look at the weather forecast, I’m not one to easily let the opportunity of a trip pass me by, lo and behold, there was a little picture of the sun, so, we set off on the road to Sparta, home of the fearless Spartans, home of Leonidas and his three hundred.Leonidas King of SpartaBy the fifth century, Sparta, a militarist state, was the most powerful nation in all of Greece.Soon…
  • The amazing Street Art of Athens.

    Susan Athanasakou
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    Street Art AthensGraffiti, the art of communication, has always existed in Greece; the word itself is Greek, meaning; “To write” Over the last five years or so, Street Art, has exploded in Athens, some saying that it is now “The European Street Art Capital” A serious rival for Berlin!Every surface is being used as a canvas; this is not just mindless spray painting, it is the voice of the people, a form of expression."Mirror mirror, which persona shall I wear today?"Panos Sklavenitis Street Art Athens"No Signal"Street Art Athens. Artist "Hope"It is being used, to draw…
 
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