An Extended Stay


Linda A. Janssen
Columnists - Linda A. Janssen

Let me be frank: repatriation is harder than you think. I’m learning firsthand that when it comes to repatriating, there are many hurdles to be faced: some are expected, others not. We’re busy building a new life in what is assumed to be a familiar place in which it’s easy to navigate supposedly known social, political and cultural climates.

Yet one of the most difficult aspects is dealing with the thought that our days of living in another country and culture may well be over. To some this may be welcome news, as we embrace the knowledge that we finally can put down roots, establish friendships and become part of our newfound community, all without the ticking clock of an expiration date lurking in the back of our mind.   more ...

  5 Things You Should Know Before Moving To Canada


Articles - Canada

Canada has always performed well in measures of wellbeing such as healthcare, income, housing and safety. The country’s immigration policies are also relatively friendly and since many different ethnicities live alongside each other, the society has evolved into a multicultural and tolerant one. For those about to re-locate to Canada, here are 5 things you should know before moving.

Driving licenses

The tests and exams necessary for obtaining a driver’s license in other countries may not be valid in Canada. In some cases, there may have to be converted.   more ...

  5 Experiences You Must Try As An Expat In Germany


Articles - Germany

Germany, which sits in the heart of Europe, is a country of great natural beauty and also a land where orderliness and attention to detail are held in high regard. It is the world’s fifth largest economy with many financial powerhouses located in its cities. Germany is known for its art scene too, which is perhaps the most vibrant in all of Europe. There are many things to do in this interesting country, but if we have to pick just 5 must-have experiences, these are it.

Chocolate on display

The Chocolate Museum was established in 1993 and provides a gateway into the history of chocolate and cocoa right from the times of the Olmecs, Mayans and Aztecs.   more ...

  A Short Expat Guide To Food And Drink In Greece


Articles - Greece

Greek food and wine is popular the world over. The Greek cuisine is mainly Mediterranean and uses a generous amount of olive oil. Within Greece, there are regions that have their local specialties. There are also many recipes that are prepared the same way across the country. Here is a short guide to food and drink in Greece.

Appetizers

Appetizers or mezedes are served before or as accompaniments to the main dishes. Different varieties of mezedes may also be served throughout an evening along with drinks.   more ...

  Dealing With Culture Shock In Hong Kong - Some Advice For New Expats


Articles - Hong Kong

Summers can be hot and humid, and it’s not uncommon for people to stay indoors for much of the summer. Temperatures can rise up to 35 degrees and the humidity hangs heavy over the entire city. The city’s many air-conditioned shopping centers serve as a cool haven in such weather. Hong Kong also witnesses a rainy season that lasts from May to September. Typhoons can occur during this period. These tropical cyclones are usually not a cause for worry. Hong Kong’s winters are mild. The cooler weather comes as a relief after the hot humid summer.   more ...

  Moving To Denmark - What To Expect As A New Expat


Articles - Denmark

Denmark is among the most progressive nations in the world. Initially, the country was mostly known for its iconic architecture and design, but today it is at the forefront in almost every field, including sports, cinema and food. Expats enjoy living in Denmark due to its modern, yet peaceful lifestyle. Here are some of the things you can expect when moving to Denmark.

Language

A number of Danes speak fluent English and many companies also adopt it as their language of choice.   more ...

  The Culture Shock Of Repatriation To The USA


Susanna Perkins
Columnists - Susanna Perkins

“Repatriation is a bitch,” I’d been warned. Somehow I suspected it might be.

After two and a half years in Las Tablas, Panama, my husband and I and our two dogs arrived back in the US. It wasn’t something we really planned on doing, but some opportunities opened up, the stars aligned, and here we are.

We’re in South Carolina. It’s our first experience living in the “real” South. (Florida isn’t the “South” in any meaningful way, it’s only “south” because of an accident of geography.)

In some odd ways, our time in Panama was good preparation for what we’re finding here.   more ...

  The Culture Shock Of Repatriation


Columnists - Susanna Perkins

“Repatriation is a bitch,” I’d been warned. Somehow I suspected it might be.

After two and a half years in Las Tablas, Panama, my husband and I and our two dogs arrived back in the US. It wasn’t something we really planned on doing, but some opportunities opened up, the stars aligned, and here we are.

We’re in South Carolina. It’s our first experience living in the “real” South. (Florida isn’t the “South” in any meaningful way, it’s only “south” because of an accident of geography.)

In some odd ways, our time in Panama was good preparation for what we’re finding here.   more ...

  Learning To Communicate With The Locals In Brazil - Some Tips For Expats


Articles - Brazil

Learning a new language and getting acquainted with an unfamiliar culture is often difficult for expats and it’s always great when the locals are helpful and accommodating. Brazil is one such place where the population is lively, warm and friendly towards foreigners. But it does help to have some awareness about how to communicate with the locals, not just to make life more convenient, but also to foster deeper connections that can enrich your stay in the country.

Language

Portuguese is the language spoken in Brazil and having a little knowledge of it can be useful. In the big cities, many people speak and understand English.   more ...

  5 Great Golf Courses For Expats In Austria


Articles - Austria

Austria has about 140 registered golf courses and its golf clubs have a combined membership of more than 95,000 members. Golfing in Austria is a unique experience as the courses are surrounded by some of the most spectacular views of nature. These international quality courses are set amidst lakes, vineyards, hills and mountains and are created using innovative techniques. Here are some top quality golf courses that have helped boost Austria’s reputation as a leading golf destination.   more ...

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