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  • ‘One drop of blood to the country that gives us food’

    expatriate - Yahoo News Search Results
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:47 am
     The Saudi national committee of Kerala Muslim Cultural Center (KMCC), the largest Indian expatriate organization in the Gulf, organized blood donation campaign to mark Saudi Arabia's 84th National Day celebrations across the Kingdom.
  • The Survivors of the Malta Refugee Shipwreck

    International Herald Tribune
    Saskia De Rothschild
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    From Der Spiegel Magazine Earlier this month, 500 people, mostly refugees from the Gaza Strip, drowned when their ship sank in the Mediterranean. It was the worst such tragedy in a summer full of them. SPIEGEL traveled to Gaza and Crete to find out what happened. DER SPIEGELShukri al-Assouli was among the survivors of an incident that saw 500 refugees killed after the ship carrying them was deliberately rammed by smugglers earlier this month. It is believed that Assouli lost his wife and their two children. On his third day at sea near the coast of Malta, Shukri al-Assouli began to…
  • Should It stay or Should It Go? – What to bring with you when leaving Australia.

    British Expatriate Community
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:12 am
    - My Car? Unless you are particularly emotionally attached to the vehicle or have recently purchased the car and face a significant financial loss by selling the car (within its early and steep depreciation period) it is not recommended to bring your car. Motor vehicles which are privately imported usually have a much lower re-sale price than vehicles imported by the manufacturer, so if you wish to export your car to the UK, you need to be prepared to keep it for as long as possible. You should also check that the vehicle you plan to export is available in the UK. Most of the large…
  • T-Shirt Quilt

    Life with 2 Lads & a Lass
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    The idea to make a t-shirt quilt came from seeing how fabulous my friend Erika's was. So I read her blog post about it and made one.  I got my instructions from Erika and from other blog tutorials.Her Lazy Gal postings were helpful, especially the  binding  tutorial at the end. I spent five hours binding it yesterday but watched Spiderman with the boys while doing it.I loved making it but I hated cutting up my Dale Hollow Lake tee and t-shirts from when the boys were toddlers. I still have them obviously, so need to stop being a sentimental fool.The whole process took me 3…
  • Budgets. (an opportunity to help!)

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    I love my job. It is stressful and crazy and sometimes irritating, but in the end, I konow that I'm doing something worthwhile. The best part has been that I'm not really responsible for "maintaining" our projects - I can't fundraise a dime to save my life - and I have a really hard time with the missionary culture of personal fundraising, so my salary helps me live within my means and not go overboard. (But that is probably a conversation we should have over coffee and not a monologue I should have on my blog).Futuro Lleno de Esperanza has grown so much - three years ago we started with 23…
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    International Herald Tribune

  • The Survivors of the Malta Refugee Shipwreck

    Saskia De Rothschild
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    From Der Spiegel Magazine Earlier this month, 500 people, mostly refugees from the Gaza Strip, drowned when their ship sank in the Mediterranean. It was the worst such tragedy in a summer full of them. SPIEGEL traveled to Gaza and Crete to find out what happened. DER SPIEGELShukri al-Assouli was among the survivors of an incident that saw 500 refugees killed after the ship carrying them was deliberately rammed by smugglers earlier this month. It is believed that Assouli lost his wife and their two children. On his third day at sea near the coast of Malta, Shukri al-Assouli began to…
  • China’s Education Gap

    Saskia De Rothschild
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    From the New York Times Every September, the campuses of Peking and Tsinghua Universities, often called the Harvard and MIT of China, brim with eager new students, the winners of China’s cutthroat education system. These young men and women possess the outlook of cosmopolitan youth worldwide: sporting designer clothes and wielding high-end smartphones, they share experiences of foreign travel and bond over common fondness for Western television shows like “The Big Bang Theory” and “Sherlock.” They are destined for bright futures: In a few decades, they will fill high-powered…
  • Franco-German Decoupling

    Saskia De Rothschild
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    From the International New York Times-  PARIS – There is something misleading about the current political excitement on both sides of the Seine. The ouster of three rebel ministers by a surprisingly firm president, a government reshuffle, a standing ovation delivered at Medef, the employers’ union, for the Socialist prime minister who dared to proclaim, “I love business!”: All the action was set in Paris. Yet one could fantasize that, some 900 kilometers away, Berlin’s invisible hand was quietly at play. Germany determines so much of France’s economic life these days that it…
  • Let Us All Bear Witness to the Conversation

    Saskia De Rothschild
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    From the New York Times : The spectacle began, as it often does, with a local tragedy. Last month, an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. In a less media-saturated time, we might have gone on to consider this serious news event on its own terms, with journalists providing facts and insights, and politicians pondering a course of action. But in the mixed-up scrum of politics and media that our so-called national conversation has become, a serious news event is only the start of the news. Soon after the shooting,…
  • The Virtues and Shortcomings of Eskimo Capitalism

    Saskia De Rothschild
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:04 am
    From the Economist- Alaskans like to talk about how distant the rest of America feels. In downtown Anchorage, with its familiar fast-food restaurants and hotel chains, this line can sound a little affected. Not so in rural Alaska, the swathes of frozen tundra that the state’s inhabitants call the bush. In Napaskiak, a village of 400 people on the west coast of the state, it is not unusual to see a black-robed Russian Orthodox priest riding a four-wheeled motorbike with two children and a wife perched on the back. Rural Alaska is different politically, too. In most of the United States, the…
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    British Expatriate Community

  • Should It stay or Should It Go? – What to bring with you when leaving Australia.

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:12 am
    - My Car? Unless you are particularly emotionally attached to the vehicle or have recently purchased the car and face a significant financial loss by selling the car (within its early and steep depreciation period) it is not recommended to bring your car. Motor vehicles which are privately imported usually have a much lower re-sale price than vehicles imported by the manufacturer, so if you wish to export your car to the UK, you need to be prepared to keep it for as long as possible. You should also check that the vehicle you plan to export is available in the UK. Most of the large…
  • Buying or Renting?

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:38 am
    The World recession has changed attitudes to many issues. For expats intending to start a new life in Spain, the option of buying a home before the recession, possibly with a cheap Spanish mortgage was always a tempting one. Good value properties were readily and cheaply available, and mortgages were never too much of a problem to obtain, particularly if you had the right contacts. Of course, this was part of the problem, as Spain and other Mediterranean countries have since found out. As a result, many expat properties are often difficult to sell, many are in negative equity and mortgage…
  • Your Guide to Working Abroad in the EU

    27 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    As an EU national you generally have the right to work for an employer or as a self-employed person in any EU country without a work permit. (Some restrictions are in place for Croatian citizens in some countries, and for some EU citizens in Croatia). This guide gives an overview on what you need to know before you embark on your career abroad. Regulated professions Some professions are regulated differently depending on the country, and employers may require that your qualifications, training and professional experience be officially recognised before you can start working. If you are moving…
  • Want to Bring your Pet to Australia? Here are the 7 things you need to know.

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:14 am
    Photo courtesy of Carol Vinzant via CC 1.    What type of pets can I bring? Dogs and cats are permitted to Australia. There are certain restrictions so please check to ensure your dog or cat is eligible to be imported to Australia. The following breeds are not eligible for import: Dogs: Dogo Argentino: Fila Brasileiro; Japanese Tosa; Pit Bull Terrier or American Pit Bull; and Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario. Also, the animal is not derived from a cross with a non-domestic species, such as a wolf. Cats: Cats that are derived from a cross with a non-domestic species, or in the case…
  • Rights of Expat Wives in the UAE

    24 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    Courtesy of Caption Queen via CC Licence There are many reasons why there is a discrepancy between how westerners see the way things are handled in the Middle East, especially with many recent developments on a global scale and the rising of radical elements there. One thing you can be sure about however is that the UAE has clear and precise laws when it comes to the code of conduct commonly accepted and that there is a certain difference between what is allowed to Muslim and non-Muslim women by said law. The following will point out the differences between western culture and those inherent…
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    Life with 2 Lads & a Lass

  • T-Shirt Quilt

    28 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    The idea to make a t-shirt quilt came from seeing how fabulous my friend Erika's was. So I read her blog post about it and made one.  I got my instructions from Erika and from other blog tutorials.Her Lazy Gal postings were helpful, especially the  binding  tutorial at the end. I spent five hours binding it yesterday but watched Spiderman with the boys while doing it.I loved making it but I hated cutting up my Dale Hollow Lake tee and t-shirts from when the boys were toddlers. I still have them obviously, so need to stop being a sentimental fool.The whole process took me 3…
  • My Best Mate Bridget

    24 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    I am slowly but surely turning into the Dowager of Grantham. Next weekend me and Maureen are going to a Saturday morning gardening class at a local church to learn about roses and vegetables. I feel like I should take a tray of fairy cakes with me and maybe some knitting. Let the good times roll! In other "I'm getting old before my time" news, I have been off the wine now for nearly a month and I've started making quilts. If I'm not careful it won't be long before I'm carrying my cat in my handbag and pulling my hankie out of my bra.To remind myself that I am in fact still a young woman, I…
  • Danielisms

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    Daniel quotes of the weekCan I watch Fred (a program on tv) because he's annoyingly awesome.My wrestling team is called the WWE Fruities.How did my soccer team get beat by 3 year olds? (actually they were also five, it's just that he's super tall). That tshirt isn't frayed around the neck, I chewed it. Yep I chewed it. Sorry.I want to have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day until I die.Daniel don't put your head in the ..... oh, never mind
  • Feeling Melancholy

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    It's been weird week. Not weird in an extraordinary or good way, but a week of feeling like things aren't right with the world. I feel off.It's probably due to my contact lens prescription being wrong. I have to struggle through until they swap them out next Wednesday but feeling like I'm seeing the world through the bottom of an old milk bottle doesn't help this feeling of not being right.I've had good news this week too. My kids got into the latchkey program at the local school, I'm still motivated to stay off the wine and I'm slowly plugging along on house projects. We're even getting our…
  • Kitchen Renovation 2014: Before Pictures

    7 Sep 2014 | 6:13 pm
    It's been a long time since we renovated the kitchen. I hate it now as it seems so dark and pokey.  In hindsight we shouldn't have stained the cabinets cherry and we have so.much.clutter. And the cupboards aren't organized. So anyway, here's a few "before" pictures. I'm excited to get stuck in and make some changes!I do wish school would stop sending important papers homeDark dark dark...Hate the cabinet and cart - want a pantry and work space!I love my window seat but it's shabby
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  • Budgets. (an opportunity to help!)

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    I love my job. It is stressful and crazy and sometimes irritating, but in the end, I konow that I'm doing something worthwhile. The best part has been that I'm not really responsible for "maintaining" our projects - I can't fundraise a dime to save my life - and I have a really hard time with the missionary culture of personal fundraising, so my salary helps me live within my means and not go overboard. (But that is probably a conversation we should have over coffee and not a monologue I should have on my blog).Futuro Lleno de Esperanza has grown so much - three years ago we started with 23…
  • This is the way we wash our clothes.

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    Santiago is experiencing a severe drought. It hasn't rained enough in months, and now we are feeling the effects of it here in the city. There is a lot to say about poor service management at the reservoir and wasteful habits of citizens, but it is too late really to fix those problems - we're in crisis mode now and the only thing that can really help is to get enough rain to start refilling the reservoir (in collaboration, of course, with water conservation education and a better water-distribution plan).We started to feel the effects of the drought in May when the water supply for school…
  • Feeding bellies.

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    For the first three years of Samil's life, I was a work-at-home-mama. It was nice. I liked it well enough, but when we moved, I was kind of glad that I'd have to go back to work outside of the home.I make a mean home-made pizza - dough, sauce, the works.I don't really like to cook.I could keep my house spotless clean, craft up some beautiful decorations for each month and homeschool my kids like a boss. But the kitchen? Not so much.I didn't know how to cook when I got married - blame it on my American-ness. I had a few specialty dishes up my sleeve for dinner parties, and a few things that I…
  • How to feed your newborn.

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Isn't this the most precious little face ever?We didn't plan to have three kids. In fact, we were pretty done with two - I mean, it's been five years since we had a baby and we finally have two school-aged kids who are pretty independent.We are thrilled for this new life, though, and he is pretty cute, so I guess we'll keep him. I mean, seriously, how cute is he?Being pregnant had it's craziness, but having a newborn is just confusing as far as cultural norms go. I never know where I stand, and when I think that I'm doing things right, I get told that no, sorry, that's not the way to do…
  • PRegnant in the DR

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    My doctor encouraged me to exercise during pregnancy - walking as he referred to it, because you know, chubbies don¨t actually exercise. It was the first thing, besides him talking me off the ledge of ¨my blood pressure will kill me¨ (completely unreasonable fear, I have LOW blood pressure), that endeared me to him and made me go back to a second pre natal care appointment instead of finding a different doctor.See, pregnancy is complicated in the DR. There is a list - much longer than the one I published here - of things that can and cannot be done for nine months. Exercise of…
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    Musings from inside, outside, and underneath

  • End of an Era

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    All Rights Reserved Top: In the hospital day 1, bottom left: today, bottom right: feeding last year Dear Little Elephant, Before having you, I knew that I wanted to breastfeed.  I knew all the health reasons behind it.  I knew about all the studies of the positive effects.  I knew that I wanted to have that close relationship and bonding time. I also knew that a lot of people struggled with it. One common complaint I have heard from other breastfeeding friends is that they weren’t warned beforehand that it would hurt at first, that their nipples would become raw and even bleed.
  • Photo Wednesday: Cambodian Wat

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I wish I labeled my photos better— I know this was Cambodia, but I couldn’t tell you where.  Perhaps I need to rethink my organization systems since clearly memory alone does not suffice.
  • To my Little Sunshine

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dear Little Elephant, This morning you woke up wanting to sing with me “You are my sunshine”. We cuddled in bed, my arms holding you tight, as we sang it 5 times, each time you were able to sing more of the words, by the end, taking the lead. You then bounced up, wanting to find a book about sunshine to read. If, in your enthusiasm, you had looked back, you would have seen the relief in my heart to no longer be seeing that song. It took all I had, to sing those verses, over and over, knowing you were okay, without crying. The last time I sang you that song, we were in London, in…
  • Photo Wednesday: Lost on the Moon

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

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

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    This time it's for real.  I'll write more.  HA!Okay, so who wants to know about my day yesterday?  It was a normal, boring Tuesday.  Michaela did run her first light, but I'll spoil the surprise and tell everyone I forced her to do it.  Yep.  Michaela is driving.  I really do need to write more.... I feel like Michaela driving in and of itself needs some explanation.  Here in lovely New Hampshire a CHILD can drive the day they turn 15 and a HALF.  So on the half birthday during their 15th year of life they simply put their birth certificate in…
  • PPPs

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:04 pm
    I can't even think of anything to write about this; nothing I can come up with really does the event justice.  Sierra is nuts!!  Her friend is crazy too!  This water was melted ice and when I say "melted ice" I seriously mean melted ice!  Ice chunks were floating in the water and that white stuff they are standing on is the lake ...the FROZEN lake ...which is ICE ...FROZEN WATER! It was seriously that cold, don't let the blue sunny sky fool you.  I touched the water with my hand and decided that if I jumped in I would have instantly died, like frozen to death…
  • Tricky Day

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:58 am
    I start off at a very young age fooling my children on April Fool's Day.  It's the day when I spend most of my time smiling and even laughing out loud to myself about the sometimes mean jokes I play on my family and friends.  I have to justify this to my youngest children by calling the day "Tricky Day"... because mommy does "tricky" things to trick you.  It's all in good fun.  Right?...and if you've read my blog before you will know that April Fools Day isn't complete until one of my children cries.  Sad, but true.  I first discovered this unfortunate tradition…
  • Green Day ...about a month late.

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:24 am
    Every year for the past five years I have posted pictures of our Green Food.  I can't believe I didn't do it this year.  OR tell anyone about the super mean things I did to my children on April Fools Day!  (Yes, I made at least one cry.)It is a rule that you aren't even allowed to come to the table if you aren't wearing green.  Happy wasn't here; he was at work.  That's another story.  :)Even Blue has a green collar on.  :)  PS.  Blue is huge.  He's a good dog, for the most part... He does have his moments where he just can't help but chase a…
  • Thursday Night (freezing cold) FUN

    7 Feb 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Scotty looks like a rock star with his ski guitar.  :)I would like some Wonder Mom points for taking four children skiing every Thursday night in below freezing temperatures.  (I would also like to know where to cash in my Wonder Mom points.  :)  I'd like to have a nap and maybe a vacation somewhere warm and sandy.)This whole ski club thing sounded like a great idea before the POLAR VORTEX from CANADA showed up ...now I'm freezing my tushie off every Thursday night because it turns out "ski club"doesn't mean that your kids are in a club that takes them skiing.  It…
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    Black Chick On Tour

  • Living Like A Local In Jamaica

    Terri Lundberg
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    *I originally wrote this for Hometown Tourist. This article has some great information on living like a local in Jamaica, so I had to share with you! And, you must check out the video below. It’s informative and funny!! Living like a local in Jamaica is a must if you really want to see the [...] The post Living Like A Local In Jamaica appeared first on Black Chick On Tour.
  • 3 Ways To See Toronto!!

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

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

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

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

  • Letters from Egypt: My Very Own Expiration Date

    24 Sep 2014 | 3:54 am
    After nearly 6.5 years in Egypt, I am now getting ready to say goodbye. It’s strange. When I first arrived, I remember meeting a woman that had lived here for two years. I asked the question we all get asked, “How do you like it?” She responded, “Everyone has an expiration date.” I’ve always carried that with me, and honestly, I think my expiry date came about a while ago. Being ready to leave is one thing, and naively enough I thought it would make it easier. Prior to Egypt, the longest I’d ever lived somewhere was four years in New York City. I was not ready to leave. I loved…
  • Letters from Egypt: Rolling Blackouts and Why

    4 Sep 2014 | 3:47 am
    Uff – it’s bad. It’s the worst power outages that we’ve faced so far. There are rolling blackouts throughout Cairo with reports of the same in Aswan; however, my contacts in Alexandria say they remain unaffected. In addition to the electricity problems, many areas are also facing water shortages (parts of Maadi and Heliopolis have been confirmed). The Electricity Minister Ahmed Shaker told ONTV channel that the massive outage was due to technical problems. The Egyptian Electric Holding Co. (EEHC) said that at 6:15 am, a technical malfunction took place at a 500-kilowatt (kW) power…
  • Letters from Egypt: Behind the Asian Knockoff Scene

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    Unless you’ve been living under a rock (which is possible for some of you), you can’t help but notice the Asian influx coming onto the Cairo scene. I feel like the Chinese government monitors the entire world with satellites set up to sound off an alert when turmoil is striking an area, country or region. So with the Arab Spring, it would only be fitting to see Chinese companies piling in to continue their standard business model: high-risk investments. Most recently, I’ve started speaking with a Chinese woman who has lived in Cairo on/off for three years. She moved here with her…
  • Letters from Egypt: Water Outages will NOT Affect Most of Maadi

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

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

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:42 pm
    I’ve always loved the idea of an art journal, but I’m not very good at drawing and really don’t know where to start. My sister-in-law makes fabulous art journals (she even runs workshops on how to do it – but we live in different countries, so I can’t take one from her). Anyway, a blog I’ve been reading recently is That Artist Woman. She has great ideas for quick easy art for kids. When I saw this tutorial I thought it would be something I could manage and so I set out to create my first art journal page. Gorgeous Girl also made a page with me. I…
  • Scrapbooking page

    27 Sep 2014 | 11:54 pm
    As I was looking at the sketch for the card on the Let’s Capture Our Memories blog, their sketch Number 90 for scrapbooking also caught my eye. Many years ago, when I was 20, I went to China as a “foreign friend” and worked as a volunteer English teacher for one year in a high school. In the middle of that year I had the opportunity to go to the USA during my summer holidays. I spent a few weeks riding Greyhound buses and visiting many of the tourist sights. This was the days of film camera and when I got back to China I had the photos developed. Then they sat in a box for…
  • On a roll

    27 Sep 2014 | 2:13 am
    I needed yet another birthday card and sketch Number 90 at Let’s Capture Our Memories caught my eye. I am really pleased with how this one turned out. I hope the recipient will like it. I used a text page from a deconstructed book sent to me by Kate a while ago. I inked the edges of the card and the entire tag using distress ink and I edged the card and the tag with a darker brown chalk pad. Balloon, border and letters are from a sticker pack whose name is sadly lost to time. Thanks for looking.
  • Another quick card

    25 Sep 2014 | 4:24 pm
    I needed a pick-me-up card for a friend this week and so put this one together. I’m happy with how it turned out. I’m mainly putting this here so that the friends and relatives who have contributed to the card by sending me bits and pieces from their die cutting machines can see how I’m using them. I think next time I’ll add some detailing to the leaves. Lots of quick easily finished projects at the moment. The thesis is definitely on a downhill slope so I’m looking forward to having a little bit more crafting time come December. What have you been up to?
  • A quick card

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Just a quick card using die cuts and water colour pencils for another of the many birthdays occurring in our  extended family at this time of year. I’m happy with it. Hippo has half a head, if all goes to plan he should be completed by tomorrow…
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    Clark Nielsen for the Win

  • China Critics and Apologists

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    I realize I can be very critical of China sometimes. My critiques are often met with a lot of opposition, whether that’s in the form of a negative book review or an angry blog comment. Hey, it happens. That’s the risk you take when you have an opinion! What surprises me are the people who are so quick to jump to China’s defense. I’m not saying that, because I expect every laowai to vehemently hate China. Sure, there are antagonists out there who delight in lambasting China over everything from Tibet to dog meat. But there are plenty of sensible people, too, who…
  • US National Parks from a Chinese Perspective

    21 Oct 2013 | 5:01 pm
    My wife and I just got back from a short weekend trip to Sequoia National Park. This is only the third national park in the US my wife has been to (preceded by Yellowstone and Arches), but I think that’s enough to get a good sense of what parks in this country are like. So I asked her to give me a list of things that stand out when comparing American parks to Chinese parks. Her thoughts: 1. They’re so cheap! A seven-day pass to Sequoia for both of us was only $20. When we went to Zhangjiajie in China last year, one ticket was 250 yuan (almost $40) per person for three days. A…
  • The Joys of Being a Travel Writer

    13 Sep 2013 | 9:31 am
    My first travel book, Yes China!, has been out for little over two years now. I stopped recording monthly sales about the same time my wife and I went to Thailand, though, so I’m not sure how many copies it’s sold overall. What I have noticed is that paperback sales are nonexistent again while e-book sales continue along at 4-5 per month. At one point, monthly sales were in the 20s, but that was right after I did a free promo on Amazon. I told myself I was only going to do one of those. That said, if you haven’t read Yes China! yet, just leave a comment here, and I’ll…
  • Upgrading to a 10-Year Green Card

    18 Jun 2013 | 1:21 pm
    My wife got her green card back in 2011, and while that was a major relief, it wasn’t the end of our immigration journey. The first green card is only good for two years, at which point you’re expected to file for “removal of conditions.” If this is granted, you’ll receive a ten-year green card that, until you become a US citizen, must be renewed every ten years. I feel like this is a “gotcha” step, because I don’t remember ever being officially told to do this. We were just supposed to know and remember. That’s how the whole process has…
  • The New Book, Yes Thailand!

    10 Jun 2013 | 7:00 am
    It’s here! The long-awaited follow-up to Yes China! is now available as a Kindle e-book. I don’t yet have any plans to release a paperback version, but that may change. It makes sense as an e-book, though, because Yes Thailand! is only about half the size of Yes China! My wife and I simply weren’t in Thailand long enough to fill up 80,000 words. And you know me; I like to keep things succinct. Much like its predecessor, then, Yes Thailand! reads like a series of essays that are sometimes about Thailand and sometimes about other things. The subtitle for the book is A…
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    Expat Life in Belgium, Travel and Photography | CheeseWeb

  • Review: Beauty by Kroonen & Brown, Brussels + Exclusive Reader Offer!

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Kroonen and Brown Beauty Shop, in Brussels Kroonen & Brown is a haven of natural beauty products, in Brussels AND they’re offering our readers 3 great promotions to test out their day-spa and make-up services. We all need a little pampering sometimes. Right in the heart of the Sablon neighbourhood of Brussels is a shop where you can enjoy a bit of decadent relaxation and rejuvenation. At Kroonen and Brown, you can indulge in day-spa treatments, treat yourself to a professional make-up lesson, or discover all-things ‘Beauty,’ with the help of the warm and professional staff. With the…
  • Review: Boutique Hotel t’Huys Van Steyns and Brasserie Basilik, Tongeren, Belgium

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:47 pm
    We review t’Huys Van Steyns boutique Hotel and Brasserie Basilik restaurant in Tongeren, Belgium T’Huys Van Steyns is a beautifully restored Boutique Hotel, in Tongeren, Belgium. Paired with a meal at the Brasserie Basilik, it makes a great getaway weekend in Flanders. We’ve been trying to organise a weekend in Tongeren for ages. In fact, you may remember our last (misguided) attempt actually landed us in Nord-Pas-de-Calais. We finally made it to Tongeren, the last, rainy weekend in August and we thoroughly enjoyed this cosy, Flemish city. One of the highlights of our stay was our…
  • A Week in Santorini, Greece – a Greek Island Paradise

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Island Paradise in Santorini, Greece Today, Adriana takes us on a magical escape to the Greek island of Santorini, for food, wine, history, nature, and beautiful scenery. This year we celebrated ten years of marriage and I really wanted to visit a new country in style. So, as usual, I started preparing one year in advance, as the destination chosen was Oia, on the island of Santorini in Greece. Initially we had decided to take our kids but my mother offered to stay home with them and I took the offer without shame. It turned out to be the best decision. Santorini is not very kid-friendly and…
  • Resto Last Minute Restaurant Booking Website Review

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Resto Last Minute restuarant reservation website review The Resto Last Minute restaurant reservation website lets you book tables at restaurants across Belgium, at a discount, without having to pick up the phone. Let me know if this sounds familiar: You had big plans to cook a nice dinner but you’ve worked all day and the last thing you feel like doing is being creative in the kitchen. You’re sick of the usual take-away and delivery options and think it would be nice to go out to a restaurant. The last thing you want to do however, is wander around looking for a restaurant with a free…
  • Visiting the Fort de Barchon in Liège, Belgium

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:31 pm
    This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Memorial Tourism.Visiting the Fort de Barchon in Liege The Fort de Barchon, in Liège, survived both world wars and is a twin of the Fort de Loncin. We visited the fort, to learn more about its history and construction. Visiting the ruins of Fort de Loncin was remarkable. Because it has remained untouched, since its destruction, it is a powerful tribute to the men who lost their lives. However, one of my (many) faults is my need to really understand things. I wanted to understand how Loncin was built and experience, for myself, how it felt to walk…
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  • pics for u

    28 Sep 2014 | 10:43 pm
        It’s the end of the month and 29faces challenge. snif. Here are my last three faces.   #27 marker pen, watercolor     #28 watercolor     #29 watercolor     All my 29faces are – > HERE!           I heart macro     Macro Monday2     Ruby Tuesday     An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.   Mahatma Gandhi    
  • lazy afternoon

    25 Sep 2014 | 10:49 pm
    I had a relaxing walk the other day, it was still green but today you couldn’t find nature to be the same…autumn is here!   But first the face of the week   Paint Party Friday   All my this week’s 29faces are – > HERE!       Shadow Shot Sunday2     Sundays In My City       Have a relaxing weekend!         There are very few people who are going to look into the mirror and say, ‘That person I see is a savage monster;’ instead, they make up some construction that justifies what they…
  • red lips

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:20 pm
      MACRO MONDAY 2     I HEART MACRO     RUBY TUESDAY TOO     Did you know: ‘Rowan Berries have healing effects on the digestion, the liver and the lung.’ Read nore here.         smooch      
  • knock on wood

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
            this is my #15 of 29faces   All faces are -> -> -> HERE!       Shadow Shot Sunday2     shadows and reflections     Sundays In My City       old shed full of wood, firewood…     Have a relaxing weekend!    
  • abstract details

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:47 pm
        MACRO MONDAY 2     I HEART MACRO     RUBY TUESDAY TOO       Here’s the original, can you find those details?        
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    Bleeding Espresso

  • Finding Your Own Path via WTF

    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

    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…
  • Introducing Baby Espresso!

    27 May 2014 | 1:04 am
    As I had anticipated, updating Bleeding Espresso hasn’t been high on my priority list since the birth of my daughter. I still have lots of thoughts in my head I’d like to share, of course, but now they revolve around being a new mom in rural southern Italy. Since I know most of you didn’t sign up for a mommy blog when you started reading Bleeding Espresso, I’ve decided to create a space where I can share my meditations on mommyhood with a touch of humor and lightheartedness . . . and Baby Espresso was born! Please drop by, say hello, and share your experiences as a…
  • My One-Word Theme for 2014: SALUTE

    22 Dec 2013 | 9:36 pm
    Last year around this time, I chose the word GROW as my one-word theme for 2013. And oh what growth we’ve had here at Casa Fabio. While I’ve also made some mild professional and personal advances in the past year, nothing compares to the growth of our family. Not even two months after selecting GROW, I found out I was pregnant with Zee Bean. She hasn’t stopped growing since. And neither has my heart. There are truly no words to express how amazingly wonderful the experience of becoming a mother has been. I am so very much enjoying every moment with my little Marisa Caterina (born…
  • New Beginnings and Such

    13 Aug 2013 | 9:26 am
    I’ve been trying to get a post up here for months now. I’ve started a few, but it just hasn’t happened as I’ve struggled with how to express the whirlwind we’ve been experiencing here from my miscarriage last spring to where we are now. So let’s just get this out there once and for all and save the deeper post for another day: This was Baby Fabio a.k.a. Zee Bean at a wee 10 weeks back in March: It’s probably the cutest ultrasound photo we have of him/her — the machines here in my local hospital are leaving something to be desired so far as…
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  • Writers

    Dwayne & Samantha
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:25 pm
    I am having a lot of access issues for now for this site and others. Its not fully loading anything but text. But I am sure as soon as i can get time to finish my router and VPN service things will be fine For now i did not recall if there is a jobs in Shenyang section, but i am not looking for any employee's just some skilled folks that want to make a few extra bucks here and there I would prefer putting the money into local pockets of people i meet and befriend here but if cant find what i need i will continue to use the services back in America that i have used over the years Pretty soon i…
  • Arrived, Recovering

    Dwayne & Samantha
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Well today makes 1 week since i got back here to Shenyang. Gonna be a little longer before i get out to meet with anyone. Lots to do setting up a new place we will stay for at least a year. Just got the internet a few days ago Still have to replace my NEW routers firm ware with one that works better on the VPN service i have If the power hick up's etc during the re-flashing i end up with a very nice and expensive brick (router) to prop the door open But it will allow all our devices to share the one VPN connection so its worth the effort Yeah Netflick's and such Really happy to be back Will…
  • you guys have wechat(微信) software on your cellphone?

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

    Dwayne & Samantha
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:29 pm
  • Looking for a job in dongguan city

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

  • Cost of motorcycle accessories in Australia

    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 Helmets Helmets come in different sizes, colour, price, and shapes. A helmet is a vital accessory for any rider to shield…
  • Playing billiard in Australia

    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

    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

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

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

  • Our New Offices in Kharadi, Pune

    Jeanne-Elise M Heydecker
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    iPlace spent considerable time and expense coming up with a new office that would hold 3 times the staff we had at the time. We visited more than twenty sites across the city of Pune, interviewed several architects, sought out financing and after nearly a year of planning and building, we moved in two weeks ago, still unfinished. We had several challenges, from unresponsive architects and vendors
  • The FRRO Again... and Again... and Again...

    Jeanne-Elise M Heydecker
    15 Jan 2014 | 3:55 am
    <!--?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?--> If you read my latest post, I introduced you to the lunacy of the FRRO. This new process is significantly worse than the old way. For starters, they refuse to allow any appointments without the online form, and you can't get the form until you have uploaded the photos. My helpful team at work said they would try and see if they could
  • Dealing with the New Online FRRO Renewal Process

    Jeanne-Elise M Heydecker
    9 Dec 2013 | 5:21 am
    Blurg. You do know what the FRRO stands for right? Supposedly it stands for the Foreigner's Regional Registration Office, but we foreigners call it either the Foreigners' Rectal Reaming Office or simply just the Seventh Circle of Hell. Every time you need to renew your visa and residency permits, it seems the rules have changed. This one seems like a pretty big change because now you can
  • e-Commerce Goes to the Dogs Here in India

    Jeanne-Elise M Heydecker
    28 Aug 2013 | 6:29 am
    I recently connected with an entrepreneur in Delhi on Linkedin who was looking for advice on how to improve their web site. Rashi Narang operates "Heads Up for Tails", an e-commerce web site that sells food, pet toys, accessories, apparel, bowls, beds, and more. I gave her some ideas on how best to tweak the site, and suggested a number of activities she could try to get more exposure. Her
  • So, You Want to Be an Entrepreneur?

    Jeanne-Elise M Heydecker
    26 Jul 2013 | 2:28 am
    Since moving to India, I have been (somewhat) active on the startup/entrepreneur circuit, engaging with people who want to become entrepreneurs. The reason I say "somewhat" is because it seriously pisses me off that people think it's a big cake walk. That someone gives you money, you start a company, and then magically, you're a rich man. That couldn't be farther from the truth. I've worked with
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  • This is huge: Chinese renminbi becomes directly tradable with the euro

    Simon Black
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    October 1, 2014 Santiago, Chile The Chinese central bank, People’s Bank of China, issued a press release announcing the authorization of direct trading between the renminbi and the euro on the inter-bank foreign exchange market. This is huge. The euro is the second most traded currency in the world, after the US dollar. The European Union is already China’s biggest trading partner and this is a major step in further increasing trade and investment ties with the EU as there is now a direct exchange rate between the two currencies, without the need to use the US dollar as the…
  • Start a business for less than $150 in one of the least expensive capitals in the world

    Simon Black
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    October 1, 2014 Santiago, Chile Edmundas B. was in Tel Aviv when he got the idea for a startup to better connect web designers and developers with their clients. Grabbing his mobile phone and laptop, he quickly set up an LLC, for his startup TrackDuck, back in his home country of Lithuania. He’d previously tested setting up businesses in Tel Aviv and Tallinn, both of which are quite prominent tech startup locations in the world, but in the end he decided to move TrackDuck back to Vilnius. Why? Because Lithuania is a small country with big aspirations, and with the right attitude to make…
  • US government promises to forgive student loan debt… if you work for them.

    Simon Black
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    September 30, 2014 Santiago, Chile He had a vision for what the state could be. His vision was a state that was intricately involved in every person’s life from cradle to the grave. It was responsible for their education, it was their place of work and source of income, and it would monitor and guide the entertainment for all of the society. Life would be characterized by the government provision of care and support throughout. People would grow to rely upon the state in every aspect of their lives, and they would have no reason to seek out alternatives. Eventually people would become…
  • Federal Reserve survey: Obamacare is hurting the economy

    Simon Black
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    September 30, 2014 Santiago, Chile Earlier this month both the New York and Philadelphia Federal Reserves published the results of a survey they conducted asking business owners how the Affordable Care Act has changed how they operate. Bear in mind, healthcare reform was sold on the basis that it would be good for the American people and good for the US economy. Their economic reasoning was that the amount of money currently being spent on medical care in the US would be reduced. And that spending would shift to more productive areas of the economy. But then, earlier this year, it turned out…
  • No, America isn’t Communist. It’s only 70% Communist.

    Simon Black
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    September 29, 2014 Santiago, Chile “The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workers of the world, unite!” Most people remember Karl Marx’s most potent points and phrases, and the mountain of corpses his disciples left behind, especially in the 20th century. However, most forget or don’t even know the specific policies that Marx advocated. Within his 1848 Communist Manifesto, Marx outlined a list of ten short-term demands. These, he thought, would be the precursor to the ideal stateless, classless communist society. Ironically in today’s…
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    Monkeys and Mountains

  • Poznan Old Market Square

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    The original can be found here: Poznan Old Market Square. Please read the original. I LOVED Poznan's Old Market Square. It's one of the prettiest market squares I've seen anywhere in Europe. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Hiking Laber Mountain to Schartenkopf to Oberammergau

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    The original can be found here: Hiking Laber Mountain to Schartenkopf to Oberammergau. Please read the original. Laber Mountain is a great hike in Oberammergau and offers great views of the Ammergau Alps and the monastery in Ettal. Here's what you need to know: Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • 9 Cafes in Muenchen Offering Lactose Free Milk

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    The original can be found here: 9 Cafes in Muenchen Offering Lactose Free Milk. Please read the original. Cafes in München offering lactose-free milk be difficult to find, but here are 9, so you can enjoy your cappuccino even if you are lactose intolerant as I am! Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Kvarken Archipelago: Finland’s Only Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site

    6 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    The original can be found here: Kvarken Archipelago: Finland’s Only Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. Please read the original. Not only is Kvarken Archipelago Finland's only natural UNESCO Site, it's also one of the fastest rising land uplifts in the world and a nature lover's paradise. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Exploring the Western Coast of Finland

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

  • Coach of the Month: Magda Theodate

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Name:  Magda Theodate Title:  Attorney, International Development Professional, and Expat Coach Business Name:  Global Executive Life Client Testimonials:  http://www.globalexecutivelife.com/clients-testimonials/ Niche/Specialties: Diplomats/International Civil Servants International private sector (e.g., IT, financial services, education, etc.) Foreign Service US Military Expat Experience:  My expat experiences began more than two decades ago. My first experience was in Bogota, Colombia with a non-profit group. After working in South America, I leveraged that international experience…
  • Coach of the Month – Magda Theodate

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Name:  Magda Theodate Title:  Attorney, International Development Professional, and Expat Coach Business Name:  Global Executive Life Client Testimonials:  http://www.globalexecutivelife.com/clients-testimonials/ Niche/Specialties: Diplomats/International Civil Servants International private sector (e.g., IT, financial services, education, etc.) Foreign Service US Military Expat Experience:  My expat experiences began more than two decades ago. My first experience was in Bogota, Colombia with a non-profit group. After working in South America, I leveraged that international experience…
  • Coach of the Month: Kirsten de Greling – Visman

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Name: Kirsten de Greling – Visman Title: Certified Career and Expat Coach Business Name: Road Map to Your Dream Career Client testimonials: http://roadmaptoyourdreamcareer.com/success-stories/ Niche/Specialties: I work with expats, accompanying partners, and busy professionals who are balancing their job and their family who feel like they have lost control of their lives, and maybe even lost their sense of self along the way, to refocus and find work that they are passionate about and a life that fulfills and excites them. Expat Experience: I have been moving around the globe,…
  • Coach of the Month – Kirsten de Greling – Visman

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Name: Kirsten de Greling – Visman Title: Certified Career and Expat Coach Business Name: Road Map to Your Dream Career Client testimonials: http://roadmaptoyourdreamcareer.com/success-stories/ Niche/Specialties: I work with expats, accompanying partners, and busy professionals who are balancing their job and their family who feel like they have lost control of their lives, and maybe even lost their sense of self along the way, to refocus and find work that they are passionate about and a life that fulfills and excites them. Expat Experience: I have been moving around the globe,…
  • Coach of the Month: Cha Jones

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Name:  Cha Jones Title:  Founder & CEO Business Name:  Expat Women of Color & The Nomadic Chick Blog Client Testimonials:  http://www.chajones.com/#!meet-cha/c10m2 Niche/Specialties:  Transition Coaching, Intercultural Awareness, Student Success Coaching, Expat Reediness, Study Abroad Prep, and Intercultural Training & Development Expat Experience:  I am a lifelong traveler and lover of cultures. I became an expat after moving to Seoul, South Korea in 2009. I found myself in Korea after sitting on my coach dreaming about seeing the world. In two days, I had manifested an ESL…
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    You're Not From Around Here, Are You?

  • Jordan’s Desert Castles – Qasr Kharana, Qasr Amra, Qasr Al Azraq

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Qasr Kharana Our final day tour from Amman was a visit to the various castles in the deserts to the east of town. The drive there is lined by numerous Army and Air Force bases, each with gates guarded by watchful soldiers. Any quiet moment in the desert is punctuated by jets overhead, always in flights of three. Qasr Kharana The desert there is remarkably flat and featureless. There are no little cracks or dried river beds – it’s just an endless plain of rocky soil. Within the plain the easily spottable landmark is Qasr Kharana. It sits on the plain like someone dropped a brick from a…
  • Playing hide and seek in Jerash – Jordan

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

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

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

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


    1 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    I saw NYT reported that Separatists are close to controlling the Donetsk Airport, although Kyiv denies it. So, barring a surge...If they get the airport, then I suppose the focus of their efforts will turn back to Mariupol. 

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    1 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
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  • Re: Proposing and smuggling

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Whatever you do, DO NOT put it in a cigar tube and .... er .... stick it where the sun doesn't shine. 
  • Re: Proposing and smuggling

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Attach it to your keyring with a thumb drive, the usual ornamental key fob nonsense and a lot of keys and throw it through the scanner amongst a lot of other metal objects - or put it in a bag full of loose change and do the same. 
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    [MM] Muscat Mutterings

  • Oman Restaurant Review

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    There is a new facebook group focussing on restaurant reviews and experiences for people right here in Muscat. The group, Oman Restaurant Review, started up on the 18th August 2014, and now at the end of September, there are over 3,100 members already. Thats pretty impressive, and I think this group is going to expand and expand.Now, the glory of it is, it's an open forum for people to share their experiences, and owners to communicate with these people to try and improve their offerings. It's always hard doing restaurtant reviews here on ze blog because half the time I'm invited and comped…
  • What the? Times of Oman does something good!

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Reading the national papers here in Oman can quite often be more entertaining than informing, but I've noticed a gradual improvement from the Times of Oman in recent months, first their facebook page got an overhaul with updates of filed news stories throughout the day, and now recently, I think the first one I saw was maybe last week but who knows when they started, the ToO have started releasing these 90 second video news updates on their top stories of the day.Here's todays one:I mean, apart from the weird branded music, I think it's actually pretty good, and certainly a step in the right…
  • Eid hotel offers round up

    27 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Well last week saw the announcement of another massive Eid holiday, I'm pretty pleased with this because maybe I'll finally get around to installing the cat flap I bought months ago into my back door... maybe.So I've done a whip-round of the local hotels (and some further afield too) to see what they're offering people this Eid... and here is what I found out:Grand Hyatt MuscatGrand room for RO 124, or if you book for three nights on this link, you can get a 25% discount on best available rate, and a  number of other discounts around the hotel's bars and restaurants.InterCon…
  • Eid al Adha announced

    25 Sep 2014 | 12:28 am
    It's official, the dates for the upcoming Eid al Adha have now been announced. Eid itself falls on Saturday 4th of October.Eid holidays are to fall between Friday 3rd October and Thursday 9th October, with a return to work on Sunday 12th October.Now.... I wonder if there are any flights left.... le fin.
  • 20% Discount at The Sultan Store Qurum today

    24 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A bit late because this is the third and final day of the 20% discount for Rewards Card holders, but in case you, like me, didn't know about this.... the TSC store in Qurum is offering a 20% discount to card holders on the items sold in the noted departments.Well, it's better than a poke in the eye!le fin.
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    In Search of a Life Less Ordinary

  • Best of Both Worlds: Why Australians Love Snow in Summer

    Russell Ward
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:49 pm
    It's that time of year when anticipation grows as Australians gear up for the start of summer and almost six months of sunshine, blue skies and summer sports.You might be surprised to learn that while most of us are looking forward to the dog days of summer, others are waiting in eager anticipation for a taste of the cold.They're not waiting for the Australian cold, which is far from now and, even then, not easily found. They're looking forward to the mid-winter climates of Europe, North America and Japan.It's yet another quirk of the Australian psyche, much like Christmas in July and…
  • It's Time To Give This Blog A Makeover

    Russell Ward
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:23 am
    I nearly quit blogging last year.The average blog has a lifespan of two or three years and I thought it might be time to retire In Search of a Life Less Ordinary.Because the blogosphere can be a lonely place. You never can tell if what you're doing truly works. Feedback is rare and the reaction to your work doesn't always makes sense. A post can bomb one week but a similar one will excel not long after.And it's a hefty commitment. Keeping that well of inspiration full, drafting, writing, editing, tweaking the site, updating the content. We do it because we love it but it can often feel…
  • The Things To Love About Britain

    Russell Ward
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Oh Britain. You know, you get such a bad rap.I'm forever told how your food is no good, your beer is too warm, your weather is too wet and your landscape just too small.I've lost track of how many times I've defended you. Told the Australians that the local produce is better than they believe, that the pub fare has improved quite a lot, that the summers can be decent if you give them time to heat up.I've defended and argued, got annoyed then given up.After three years away, I started to believe the hype and returned to your shores convinced you'd let me down at every twist and turn.I…
  • Never Stop Searching

    Russell Ward
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:16 pm
    At 23, I worked in a job going nowhere. At 25, I'd spent the best part of my early years in a place that didn't inspire me. At 27, I led a lifestyle that left me wanting for more.By 30, I had changed it all.In my twenties, I quickly realised I'd given up any control over my life. I only saw longing and regret stretching out before me.I needed to take the control back.I knew there was more to life and I wanted to discover my calling at work, home and play. I needed to go out into the wider world and find something different. Discover my true passion. Create the life that I desperately…
  • The Most Interesting Thing You'll Read Today

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

  • Writer wish list

    Michelle Garrett
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    The American Resident Mine isn’t a blank anymore. What about yours? An unexpected gem I found at the few writers’ workshops and events I’ve attended is that if an agent likes a writers’ work, they want to impress the writer as much as the writer is trying to impress them. It’s not all about writers bribing agents with chocolate. (But agents, please do tell me your favourite so I make sure to stick that in the envelope…) There are a lot of Agent and Editor Wish Lists around. There’s even a website that has collected together wish list tweets…
  • Writing a novel is really hard work

    Michelle Garrett
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:52 am
    The American Resident Cake = my novel Writing a novel is really hard work. Don’t laugh. I know that sounds whiney (and obvious). But, I thought that if I had my act together, you know, got really organised, prioritised my novel like I would any job (that’s why you know I’m in but I don’t answer my door–I’m working) and churned out 2000 words a day according to my carefully plotted outline then the novel might unfold more easily. Not easy, but more easily, as in straightforward. I keep stopping. Adjusting. Thinking of an even better way of saying what I…
  • Turbulence on re-entry

    Michelle Garrett
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:12 am
    The American Resident Home. The other one.   Going home, returning home. The life of a long-term expat means you may get into the uncomfortable position of living in a state of perpetual homesickness wherever you are. There is no cure. The more I visit home the worse it feels because I am reminded of the good things. This time, for example, I had forgotten how slow life is there. Blissfully, zen-fully slow. And yet I suspect if I crossed a threshold of visits the frequency would ease the pain and make the transitions back and forth easier. If only I had that kind of budget. What I found…
  • Another unfair strike against expats?

    Michelle Garrett
    13 Jun 2014 | 1:36 am
    The American Resident There are all kinds of immigrants and expats and it must be difficult to create legislation to cover all situations but sometimes the legislation is so far off the mark that feels truly obstructive to the people who are trying to live honestly and fairly in the country of their choice. Mario Vitanelli has written a post for The American Resident outlining one such instance for British citizens wishing to settle in the UK with a foreign partner. Last summer, publications around the world began sharing a horror story. Thousands of British citizens were being forced to…
  • Grown-up sized waffle maker

    Michelle Garrett
    9 Jun 2014 | 4:26 am
    The American Resident   Heaven sent?! Waffles, as we know them today, began in the geographical area that includes Belgium, Netherlands and northern France in the 1700s, although earlier versions have been made (as wafers, pressed between two iron plates) since the Middle Ages. So. Why are waffles much more popular in the United States than in the United Kingdom, which is much closer to the point of origin? (Actually, I’ll rephrase that question because every time I talk about waffles in the UK there is a chorus of ‘Ooooo! I LOVE waffles!‘ from the British contingent.
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    Pass the Ham

  • Breaking: Expat Blogger Goes on the Lam After Spaniards Threaten to Eat Her Newborn

    4 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    Pass the HamEFE – Madrid September, 2015. American expat sometimes blogger, Hamatha, has been found alive and well after her disappearance in the early summertime. When asked about her mysterious whereabouts, the sometimes writer described her absence from the online world as a … Continue reading →Pass the Ham
  • For the Love of Lucca

    21 May 2014 | 7:26 am
    Pass the HamItaly has always had me by the you-know-whats. Pardon my crudeness. It’s just that no matter how hard I try, I just can’t find one damn thing wrong with this country (well, except for Naples). Sure, I know that every … Continue reading →Pass the Ham
  • Those Who Carry Virgins

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Pass the HamIn honor of semana santa and the fact that I have absolutely no time lately, I’m going to do a repost from last year, which, now that I think about it, might have been a repost from 2012. Anyway, I … Continue reading →Pass the Ham
  • Madrid Metro Adventures, Act 1, Scene 1

    21 Mar 2014 | 1:53 am
    Pass the HamSCENE: Metro Madrid Subway, Nuevos Ministerios Station TIME: Post Real Madrid Game, Saturday, approximately 11:30 p.m. OBSERVING CHARACTERS: Hamatha, Husband, Visiting Brother and Sister-in-law ACTIVE CHARACTERS: Crazy, Wide-Eyed Foreign Man Mysterious Ditzy Girl in Red with ornery hair bow Dramatic … Continue reading →Pass the Ham
  • Springtime Blooms in Madrid’s el Parque de los Quintos

    7 Mar 2014 | 2:57 am
    Pass the HamCan you feel it? Yep, that’s springtime in Madrid. Let’s all take a moment and wave our hands in the air and grin like silly gooses, okay?  Then, let’s all do a collective internet cloud-based, fist pump or two. Ready? … Continue reading →Pass the Ham
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    Le Franco Phoney

  • Vegie burgers hit La Clusaz!

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:02 pm
    France is many great things, but it is not known for its friendliness towards vegetarians. As a non-meat eater, I’ve been offered fish galore, and even chicken — “because it’s not meat”, (“Yes it is”), “No it’s not” (and so it went on). In La Clusaz and the Aravis area, vegetarian options usually revolve around cheese, regardless of rennet content. Raclette and fondue is available for indulgent vegetarians, and goats cheese salad for those being healthy. Pizza and pasta are sometimes available, but they get boring after the first few…
  • You just don’t see this in the city

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    Some things are a bit different here in the countryside of France. For instance, how many cities offer a calf as a prize? Here in La Clusaz, it’s a regular thing. You might remember the raffle last year, and now, if you guess the right weight of this calf, she’s yours. She’s worth €200, and if more than one person guesses the weight, the winners share the prize. I’m not quite sure how you share a calf. I guess you take a share of the money instead. Or, as a French friend suggested, meat tray time! Hang on, hang on. Don’t get too worried just yet. For a start,…
  • Notre Dame du Haut – a designer church

    14 Sep 2014 | 11:20 pm
    What you’re looking at is a chapel designed by Franco-Swiss designer Le Corbusier. Standing on a hill in Ronchamp, Notre Dame du Haut was finished in 1954, replacing a chapel that had been destroyed during the Second World War. The site has been religious for a very long time: the building before the destroyed chapel was a fourth-century chapel. The grounds have some old graves in one tiny corner of the land, and some old foundations of what was perhaps the old chapel are visible not far from the current chapel. The bells are on the outside, dangling from a metallic support further away…
  • Champagne bottle cap collection is a thing

    8 Sep 2014 | 1:10 am
    This sign translates to ‘Swap meet for Champagne bottle caps’. Yes, that’s apparently a thing. Really? Champagne caps? Forget stamp collecting or coin swapping; here in France, it’s all about the booze. I’ve seen the caps at vide greniers and wondered if anyone ever buys them. Apparently, there is an interest! Who knew? It’s apparently popular enough to warrant an advertisement on the welcome board at the entrance of La Clusaz. Yes, on the 5th of October, you too can swap all those champagne lids you’ve collected with fellow enthusiasts. I’ll…
  • French ads, dubbed in French

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

    Aisha Ashraf
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    "Good weekend?" ...and you stand there vacant as a sixties flowerchild - mind scrabbling for a trace, a scrap, a glistening nugget of memory that will bring the two-day void back into focus. 'What DID we do?' The post Point & Shoot: Family life – everyday, like no other appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • Point & Shoot: The scramble to school

    Aisha Ashraf
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    The weather has steadily grown more humid in the past week, as if to taunt us. The first day of school dawned a sticky 30 degrees on the humidex... The post Point & Shoot: The scramble to school appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • Point & Shoot: The Final Countdown

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

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

    Aisha Ashraf
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    I heard the news of Robin Williams’ death late on Monday and felt the familiar, hypocritical shock when I learned it was suicide... The post Holding On – thoughts on suicide appeared first on EXPATLOG.
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  • QROPS For Expats In Countries With No Providers

    Lisa Smith
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Don’t panic if you are an expat who wants a Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) but live in a country without a provider. The United Nations lists 188 member nations – but the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) QROPS list has only 43 financial centres offering offshore pensions for expats and international workers from other countries who have UK pension rights. Out of that list of 43 financial centres, many only make QROPS available to residents. That does not mean if you live outside of one of these centres that you cannot take out a QROPS. Find out more about QROPS For…
  • Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme Loss Relief

    Lisa Smith
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:26 pm
    The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) gives a sound financial platform for start-up businesses looking for funding and a massive hedge against risk for investors. But while every investor hopes they have struck gold by backing a new company that will hopefully deliver at least a return of 2.5 times investment, the fact is most fledging businesses fail. According to government statistics, 400,000 new businesses opened for trading in 2012. But the statistics also show 20% close again within 12 months – that wipes 80,000 businesses off the list to leave 320,000 at the end of year one.
  • Surge In US Expats Returning Passports Due To FATCA

    Jim Atkins
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:11 pm
    The cost of renouncing US citizenship has gone up with the introduction of the new Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) tax reporting rules. Many US expats are unhappy with their government because of special tax rules. The US is one of few nations to tax expats on their worldwide income – including earnings generated by offshore savings and income even if they live in another country. FATCA may be the last straw for many expats considering whether to give back their passports and become tax resident elsewhere. The FATCA reporting laws oblige tens of thousands of financial…
  • Expats Thrown A Banking Lifeline

    Lisa Smith
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Help may be at hand for British expats in a muddle over holding a UK bank account. The European Commission has stepped in to the row alleging banks failing to open accounts on the grounds customers live outside the country may be breaching their human rights. Banks and credit card companies have cracked down on accounts held by expats mainly on the grounds that they cannot pursue debts if a customer lives outside the jurisdiction of British courts. Money laundering laws and ‘know your customer’ rules imposed by UK financial regulators also require banks and financial firms to meet their…
  • Week in Expat Money Matters 22nd September – 28th September 2014

    Lisa Smith
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    Below are the articles from last week, documenting events from the world of expatriate finance, as reported on iExpats and from other places across the web: From iExpats.com: Black-Listed Expats Face Ban From Gulf States Anybody that gets deported from one of the six members of the GCC now faces an extension of the ban across all member states. Expats Salaries To Rise 5% Across The Gulf Find out more about QROPS For more information about the basic features, benefits and advantages of QROPS, and to find out if the scheme is right for you. Please read the special QROPS article here By the end…
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  • Expats letting out UK homes face new mortgage problems

    Steph MacDonald
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    A new EU ruling may cause hassles for expats wishing to let out their UK homes using a buy-to-let mortgage whilst they work or live overseas. Until March next year, expats looking to take up a contract overseas are able to let out their UK property with the permission of their mortgage lender. After that date, new EU rules will compel... Expats Blog -
  • Missing expat Premium Bond prizewinners urged to claim their windfalls

    Louise Baldwin
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Two British expats who’ve probably forgotten they’d bought Premium Bonds are sitting on a major windfall totalling £150,000. The UK’s Premium Bond scheme encouraged millions of post-war Britons to buy its shares at £1 each and take part in its monthly draws. Many savers won small or larger prizes over the years until the National... Expats Blog -
  • Spanish tax man hits out at expats with Gibraltar properties

    Steph MacDonald
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    British expats living in Spain who also own property in the British offshore financial hub of Gibraltar are being targeted by the Spanish tax authorities. The sovereignty of the famous Rock of Gibraltar has long been a thorn in the side of Spain, although Britain has managed to hang onto it for several centuries. Spanish finance minister... Expats Blog -
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    Louise Baldwin
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    A warning from the UK’s Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS)has accused travel insurers of turning down medical claims using a reference to alcohol in their small print. Expats who have private health insurance restricted to their country of residence and book travel insurance online for their overseas holidays are warned to read the small... Expats Blog -
  • Saudi banks to monitor expat account incomes in proportion to salaries

    Steph MacDonald
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    In a move designed to trace foreign workers with unofficial as well as officially permitted jobs, Saudi banks will now begin monitoring expat bank accounts for unexplained income. The move is aimed at expat workers in the kingdom who are receiving salaries for a permitted job and are also operating businesses on the side. It’s also... Expats Blog -
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    impressions of an expat

  • passing Gagarin (the Americans)

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    It has started to rain just a little. We are in the car, and even though I have passed this intersection countless times, I take another picture of Gagarin. He is frozen, arms at his sides just like Superman, but he is not flying. He is a man above so many others, a man to be compared to. "You are no Gagarin." I can imagine someone once said, to someone, at some moment in time.I was asked to do an interview a few weeks ago. The questions were good ones, not the typical fluffy excuse for light-hearted anecdotes. I told the reporter I was not going to candy coat my answers. "Oh no." I was told.
  • the props make the character

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    We do not need to change trains. The one next to our apartment takes us all the way to Partizanskaya. E rests a hand on my elbow, her head against my shoulder. It is not so early, but it is Saturday all the same. I know she would rather be in her pajamas, with a plate of French toast next to her. Outside, it is warming up already. I pay ten rubles to enter. She is free. I lead her through the first aisles, the rows of matroshkas and t-shirts, the shiny drinking flasks, the tables full of knives. We are going up and to the left, to the people with piles of junk, the strewn bits…
  • under the skin

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:44 am
    There is a splinter in my thumb, but I cannot find it. As the skin touches a coffee cup, I know something is there. Digging into the skin with the point of a pin I find nothing. It is a phantom, still there. I make E's sandwich, slicing it on the diagonal, almost forgetting a box of juice.The lunchbox in her hands, she stares up at me in the elevator."Pop, my throat has a bad taste." She whispers.I nod."Let's see if it goes away." I tell her as we go outside.Living here has brought me to doubt everything.Later she calls me. I need to come and get her, she is actually getting sick.Downstairs,…
  • the princess and Potempkin

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:22 am
    I don't know when the windows changed. I had grown to ignore the velvet displays, empty in the early morning when I walked E to school. In the afternoon, yes there were diamonds blinking in the shadows. I never saw people going into the Princess jewelry store. There was a plaque on the corner of the building, reminding any passerby that Eduard Tisse had been born there, the cameraman for Eisenstein on films like Strike, and the Battleship Potemkin. Sometimes I wondered if anyone in the street knew who he was besides me. On this stretch of sidewalk there are mothers with babies in strollers,…
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    1 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    E is organizing her schoolbag. Rulers, pencil sharpeners and erasers all find their place. We search for a missing shoe and somehow it was under her bed the whole time. There is only one hairband in the entire house, and I place it on the corner of my desk. The outfit is decided, now resting on the sofa. We get dressed to go to dinner, just the two of us. She stands in front of me, lifting the back of her hair so I can zip her dress up. We travel through the metro, her asking me the names of the stops now, studying the map on the wall her face screwed up into various expressions until…
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    Cartus Blog

  • Cartus Industry Profile Reports: Financial

    Patrice Heinzer
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Cartus Industry Profiles present brief but detailed snapshots of the different ways individual industries approach key issues related to the handling of their relocation programs. Based on data gathered in the Cartus 2014 Global Mobility Policy & Practicessurvey, Industry Profiles examine issues of program practices and assignment policy features that are typically offered. THE FINANCIAL SECTOR—Banking, Finance, Insurance, & Real Estate Financial industry organizations are experiencing a dynamic market and a demanding regulatory landscape, while also maintaining or enhancing…
  • Join Cartus at the Worldwide ERC Global Workforce Symposium

    Landa Payne
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    We hope to see you at the Worldwide ERC 2014 Global Workforce Symposium from October 8-10 in Chicago. Cartus is once again sponsoring this event, which provides opportunities to participate in leading-edge educational sessions, including Tech Talk – How Technology is Changing the Industry, moderated by Matt Spinolo, Cartus Executive Vice President of Global Client Services. Additional workshops include: • Cost Efficiency University • Peer2Peer Talks Based on Corporate Case Studies • Cracking the Localization Code • How to Make the Global Mobility Process More Efficient •…
  • Cartus Named One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies

    Bruce Perlman
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    We were extremely proud when our parent company, Realogy, and by extension, Cartus, was named, for the third consecutive year, one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere Institute. We’re excited to share this new booklet, produced by Ethisphere, which highlights their rigorous process and illustrates the depth of our dedication to the values that Ethisphere embodies. Ethisphere Institute is an independent center of research that promotes best practices in corporate ethics and governance, recognizing organizations that continuously raise the bar on ethical leadership…
  • Cartus Crisis Management: Working Behind the Scenes

    Larry Post
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    With offices as well as clients, customers, and suppliers in every corner of the world, Cartus is acutely aware of the need to be able to communicate information quickly and clearly. And when that information concerns emergency preparedness planning, its coherent and timely dissemination is vitally important. Whether it is climate-related events or political upheaval, a national or worldwide pandemic or workplace violence, preparedness planning is crucial. The Cartus Crisis Management team meets regularly to share information, discuss and plan for potential crises—both large and small—and…
  • International Assignment Cost Projections: What Managers Need to Know

    L. Sean Raney
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Along with the importance of finding the right talent for the right jobs, global relocation managers have one mandate constantly drumming in their ears: cost. According to recent Cartus benchmark research studies, cost is the number one challenge facing global mobility practitioners and their programs, and cost containment is one of the top priorities organizations are most interested in improving. Upfront assignment planning also ranked in the top three. Fortunately, there’s a way to address both cost concerns and solid assignment planning to arrive at a good balance for companies: through…
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  • Nats, traditional belief of Myanmar

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:34 am
    Picture: http://www.buddha-buddhism.com   When you come to Myanmar, you will see so many awesome things which are very different from other parts of the world, not even similar to Asian countries. If you see the shrines (small houses) at the base of banyan trees or at the entrance to villages while you’re walking alone, usually small wooden structures with crossed roof beams, young bamboo shoots and incense as offerings, and sometimes a small empty bed inside, don’t think so much. It is Nats (Spirits) traditions.   Nat belief is somewhat different from Buddhism. The…
  • Myanmar’s Economy and Investment

    9 Jun 2014 | 1:30 am
          Foreign entrepreneurs are getting into Myanmar as its doors open to outside investors. But while the country is seeking to modernize, are the country’s changes proper? That’s the question economic experts are wondering about.   IMF (International Monetary Fund) sees a good potential in Myanmar’s budget as the GDP increases 7.75 percent from 7.5 percent. If Myanmar can keep it up properly, it will be more and more developed in investment and trading in ASEAN countries. The country’s big potential is reflected in the Asian Development…
  • Myanmar: Kayan ( Pa-Daung)

    2 Jun 2014 | 1:03 am
        Source http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/1215788796/photos/2504434/kayan-cm   Kayan Beauties directed and produced by Aung Ko Latt won the awards for Best Cinematographer and Best Sound in 56th Myanmar Academy Awards in Yangon in 2013. Besides, it won the Special Jury Award at the inaugural ASEAN International Film Festival held in Malaysia. Kayan Beauties provides a theme of human trafficking based on the cultures, customs and daily life of Kayan people. The screenplay and co-producer, Hector Carosso, Aung Ko Latt and four main female characters who are Kayan women with…
  • A picture which changed a life

    16 May 2014 | 1:07 am
            While everybody of Myanmar were excited to see US President Barack Obama in November last year, Arkar Kyaw, 21, painted a graffiti of the president on a wall somewhere Yangon to welcome him. He never thought that such graffiti would bring him heartfelt luck the next day.   “I took a photo of my art and posted it on facebook the same day I painted. The next day, several incoming calls woke me up, bringing unexpected dreams. Local journals offered me interviews”, said Arkar Kyaw, ” because of this art, I had a great chance to attend the US…
  • It’s not that easy to squat in Yangon!

    5 May 2014 | 9:34 pm
          Hey, men! I am sure you had heard about squatters. It’s all everywhere in news journals, about squatters, about illegal settlement and about clearing them up by government’s force.   Some people may think. What may they think? Well, sort of hope to get a place in turn of their illegal settlements.   By the way, do you think it is so easy to become a squatter after you put two or three bamboos into spare ground with palm roof over it?? No way. Better not think it’s that easy.   First, you need to be a person who has nothing at all, who cannot…
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    Expatriate Connection

  • How Being A Multipotentialite Can Help You Be More Successful As An Expat

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    I have a confession to make: I’m a multipotentialite. A what?? A multipotentialite. Or a scanner if you prefer. Your eyes are still inquisitive. I hear you. The term is not common. This is how Emilie Wapnick, founder of Puttylike, a community dedicated to the flourishing of multipotentialites, defines it:     Barbara Sher, renown author […] The post How Being A Multipotentialite Can Help You Be More Successful As An Expat appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • To Have Or To Be – That Is The (Expat) Question

    11 Sep 2014 | 12:54 am
    “We need to sell the house.”   The children looked at me in disbelief. Did they hear it right? “I don’t want to”, said the little one. Selling the house?! Our house? No way. I have to tell you: it’s not any house. We built it 10 years ago. Our two oldest children saw the block […] The post To Have Or To Be – That Is The (Expat) Question appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • Expat: Can’t Keep Up? One Way To Take Care Of Yourself

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

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

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    When you move abroad as an accompanying spouse, you face two issues at the same time: 1. You feel like a child because you have to rely on your working partner to get a visa, open a bank account, rent a house, access a healthcare plan. In a few hours flight you’ve lost in the […] The post The 4 Laws For Taking Care of Yourself While Taking Care Of Your Parents appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
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  • Take Home a Nude 2014

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Cadogan Tate is very proud to be the official art transport partner for Take Home a Nude, a benefit art auction and party for the New York Academy of Art. The event will take place on Thursday October 9th at Sotheby's in New York. A selection of the lots available at the 23rd annual Take Home a Nude auction, will have a special preview auction on the Paddle8 auction site, as well as being available on the night. The honorary muse for the event has been selected as previous attendee Brooke Shields, the actress joins chairs Pippa Cohen, Will Cotton, John Demsey, and Helen & Timothy Schifter…
  • The cost of moving to France hits an all time low

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    France is often on the list of popular and desirable destinations for expats moving to Europe, and for very good reasons. The slightly slower pace of life, world-renowned culture and favourable weather are all popular reasons for expats considering moving to France, not to mention that fact that it’s within easy reach of the UK, making it easy for visiting family and friends. Alongside all of this, moving to France is about to get a lot cheaper as mortgage rates reach a new low. It has been revealed that British expats can now secure a rate of 3.1% on a 20-year repayment mortgage with a 20%…
  • Cadogan Tate offers support to Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Saatchi Gallery in London will play host to 'Be Inspired' on the 1st October, an art auction and party to raise vital funds for The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts. Cadogan Tate is a proud supporter for the event. Over 100 pieces of contemporary art will be auctioned online on the Paddle8 website (click here to view the lots online), the top 10-15 lots will be transferred to the live auction on the night of the exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery with the profits of the sale going to the Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts. Children & the Arts engages with…
  • Global growth continuing - great news for expats moving abroad

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    According to the OECD, a moderate growth is taking place across the majority of advanced and expanding economies. This news will delight expats considering moving to the USA, the UK and Canada, where the rate of unemployment is likely to be reduced. The news forms part of the OECD's (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Interim Economic Assessment Report, which monitors the growth and development of the global economy. Presenting the report in Paris on 15th September, OECD Deputy Secretary-General and Acting Chief Economist Rintaro Tamaki commented: “The global economy is…
  • Switzerland dominates in Global Competitiveness Report

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The World Economic Forum has released its annual Global Competitiveness Report, which assesses the competitiveness of 144 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity. Amongst the ‘pillars’ that the 144 countries are measured against, are: infrastructure, macroeconomic environment, higher education, labour market efficiency, financial market development, market size, business sophistication and innovation. It is very little surprise that Switzerland is at the top of the table, having been the leader in the report for the past 5 years and ranking in…
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    One Foot in Europe

  • Istanbul Life; a Love/Hate Relationship.

    one foot in Europe
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Following life in the massive head fuck of a city that is Istanbul, I have had time to reflect on the unique experience that is living in such an interesting, diverse and downright crazy place. There were days spent feeling lucky to be breathing in the excessively humid, smog filled air. Others were spent rocking backwards and forwards wondering at how I got into this mess. Living there really was an equally balanced game of love and hate, of which I have nicely summarised here for you. Loves The social life. There are so many fellow ex-pats in the city, all going through the same things as…
  • 10 Reasons Why Its OK to live Deep West……

    one foot in Europe
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:26 pm
    This is a version of an  article I wrote for THE Istanbul ex-pat website Yabangee.com, lovingly re-published for my blog in all its unedited glory. A directors cut of sorts.  ……..Because after each two hour journey home from Taksim in the early hours of the morning I have to remind myself what the hell I’m doing here. I’m not saying that living this far in is in anyway better than living in and around the centre. Poppycock. I had a choice between proximity to Taksim or proximity to work. I chose the latter. It was either be squashed within an inch of my life five days a…
  • On Homesickness

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

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

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

  • Wordless Wednesday #14

    Tina Ernspiker
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America Standing on the top of Xunantunich, the Maya Pyramid in Cayo, Belize. Guatemala is in the distance. – May, 2014 Welcome to my NEW Wordless Wednesday! No more linkups on Wordless Wednesday on Los Gringos Locos. Why? Because it was Continue reading → Wordless Wednesday #14 Los Gringos Locos.
  • Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup #2

    Tina Ernspiker
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America Welcome to our second week of Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup! We are excited about this new project and we hope you will join us in the fun and help us spread the word! Laugh and Learn Continue reading → Laugh and Learn – Homeschool and Parenting Linkup #2 Los Gringos Locos.
  • What in The World are Breath Holding Spells?

    Tina Ernspiker
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America Our 16 month old son, Tristan, has Breath Holding Spells or BHS. In short, he holds his breath till he passes out. BHS is not particularly dangerous. I have learned that many kids experience them. They start at a young Continue reading → What in The World are Breath Holding Spells? Los Gringos Locos.
  • Wordless Wednesday #13

    Tina Ernspiker
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    Los Gringos Locos Los Gringos Locos - Living Abroad in Latin America Beautiful sunset taken from the roof of our weekend casa in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – May, 2014  Welcome to my NEW Wordless Wednesday! This week, on a Saturday! Haha! Late, I know! Hopefully now that we are back Continue reading → Wordless Wednesday #13 Los Gringos Locos.
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    Ogles & Observations

  • Kaiping Diaolou – Eccentric watchtowers from bandit days

    Jan Blanton
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:13 pm
    In the early 1900s, there was a large group of Chinese nationals who ventured out and lived overseas, making fortunes, collecting objets d’art, and soaking up culture in in lands far away. Many of them, at least those with money, set up businesses, trade routes and other establishments in the Western world. Then, years later, some returned to China, with their newly acquired fortunes….but perhaps more importantly, brimming with a new taste for interesting architecture. Many of these “overseas Chinese” (as they were named by their hometown friends), congregated here…
  • Mid Autumn Lantern Festival in Guangzhou

    Jan Blanton
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    It’s Mid Autumn Festival season here in China and we’ve all had a great time staring at the big beautiful full moon (it actually appeared in a partially cloudy sky!). This year I had the itch to “go local” and find out what Guangzhouians do for the festival that involves an archer and the lunar diety, Chang ‘e.  Here’s what Wikipedia says about Chang ‘e. Before we went local, I asked my nanny what they do in her hometown.  She painted a picture for me of children running through darkened streets that were lit only by their lanterns on a foot-long…
  • Hong Kong’s Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery

    Jan Blanton
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    As I waited for the car’s temperature gauge to sink below 102 today (it never did), I tried to transport myself back to our trip to see Hong Kong’s Tian Tan Budda Statue and the Po Lin Monastery.  It’s (obviously) AKA THE BIG BUDDHA.  When it’s so hot outside, it’s always fun to think of times when you were cold. Like frigid. Like being so cold you were tying to think of a time way back when it was 102 degrees outside. Wait. I guess you know where I’m headed with that one… We visited the notorious statue (well, notorious since 1993) in December…
  • Guangzhou Huadiwan Fish and Aquarium Market

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

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