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 ...

  5 Good Reasons You Should Move To Argentina (And 1 Reason You Shouldn't!)

Articles - Argentina

Argentina is the eighth largest country in the world and also the second largest in South America. Natural beauty is abundant here, from mountains and lush jungles to waterfalls and spectacular glaciers. In terms of its lifestyle, Argentina is similar to many European countries and the capital city of Buenos Aires is a hub for many expats and visitors. If you’re thinking about moving to Argentina, here are 5 reasons why that may well be a good idea.

Low cost of living

Although cities like Buenos Aires are reminiscent of European destinations such as Paris, their cost of living is much lower.   more ...

  Moving To Brussels? Read Our Expat Guide To Travelling On Public Transport

Articles - Belgium

Brussels’s integrated public transport system makes it quick and convenient to get around the city. The STIB (Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles) organizes the public transport network including the Brussels metro, buses, night buses and tram. There is a standardized ticketing system in place and STIB tickets can also be used in trains and coaches within the city. Passengers can buy tickets at the STIB kiosks at metro stations. They are also available with bus drivers and online. Transportation passes are also available and range from one day passes to monthly passes. The Brussels Card can be used to travel for a specific amount of time on public transport such as 24, 36 or 72 hours and also allows one to entrance into many of the city’s museums.   more ...

  Starting A Business In Australia - 5 Things You Should Know

Articles - Australia

Starting a successful business requires pre-planning. There are many factors investors must consider when establishing a business in Australia.


Before starting a business, it is necessary to become acquainted with the Australian market. This means you need to know who your customers are, the nature of your industry and also who your competitors are. This will help to create a framework around which you can build your business.   more ...

  The Special Relationship

Toni Hargis
Columnists - Toni Hargis

At some point during World War 2, the United Kingdom and the United States of America put aside their previous military differences and announced that theirs was a “special relationship”. In truth it’s been a rather tortuous rivalry ever since they first chucked our tea overboard, but what the heck; let bygones be bygones. Only recently we saw Hillary Clinton (as Secretary of State) pointing out that the relationship “stands the test of time”, even though said “time” has only been a matter of decades. Now, various polls show that a majority of Brits think the USA is quite good, and Americans return the compliment with similar, positive numbers.   more ...

  There Is No Man In The Moon In South Africa

Marla Sink Druzgal
Columnists - Marla Sink Druzgal

2014 saw its final supermoon of the year. A “supermoon” of course, is when a full moon, or new moon, happens at the same time the moon is closest to earth during its orbit, appearing so large it can seem as though it sits on the horizon. It’s simply mesmerizing when you have a clear view.

Pretoria affords that view consistently. Before moving here I never saw so much of the night sky. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is not far behind the infamous Seattle, Washington in number of overcast days per year. My home there is beautiful with its changing seasons and green on green rolling hills, but skygazers like me had to hold our breath for a chance at a clear sky. We learned to find our passion in enjoying the way all those clouds cast an eerie glow on the night of a harvest supermoon.   more ...

  Tales from a Spanish Village: Two Old Fools And Wildlife Photos

Victoria Twead
Columnists - Victoria Twead

After 10 years in our Spanish mountain village, we know what to expect in summer. The village fills up with people we haven't seen for a year as families arrive to escape the heat of the cities. Children, a foot taller than last year, run wild in the streets and the jasmine-scented air is heavy with the sound of our neighbours' guitar music.

In summer, the swallows wheel high overhead, snatching insects on the wing. House martins return to claim and refurbish the nests under the eaves that they use every year.

This year has been slightly different, and we don't know why. The swallows arrived, but there were far fewer than previous years, and our house martin pair never showed up at all.   more ...

  A Month In The Life Of An English Writer In Tuscany - August Reflections

June Finnigan
Columnists - June Finnigan

The continuing adventures of June Finnigan, her Man, and Farty Barty the cat.

Benvenuto to all my Loyal and New Followers

Here in Beautiful Tuscany, August is the month for winding down a bit. Nevertheless, it remains busy from a tourist point of view, despite the fact that eighty percent of shops, restaurants and café bars are closed as the owners disappear off to Il Mare (the seaside) or the mountains. It’s a peculiar thing, Italians never think to take advantage of the potential trade as they are too driven by tradition, and in August off they go again. It is particularly evident once Ferragosta begins on the fifteenth, the celebration of the summer’s toil before the Vendemia (grape harvest).   more ...

  South Africa Diaries: PART 3 – Launching the Transkei Lottery [Dec 1990]

James King
Columnists - James King


Mvezo village, Umtata, is the birthplace of Nelson Mandela who was only released from prison in February 1990. Nine months later the main square in the centre of Umtata had been decked out with gazebos, a massive stage had been erected, loads of bunting and enough plastic chairs to seat the nation were in place. This was a big occasion and there was feverish excitement over the launch of the Transkei lottery ‘SCORE-A-LOT’. Hundreds of black and white footballs, the Score-a-lot signature, were placed around the square ready for the ‘kick-off’.   more ...

  When Living The Dream Needs A Helpx Hand

Helen Aurelius Haddock
Columnists - Helen Aurelius Haddock

I moved to France over ten years ago, as part of the burgeoning army of those who wanted to set up home in a country where we had spent many wonderful holidays. I came with my eleven year old daughter, with my husband doing a weekly commute to London , and my elder daughter studying at university. We had a lovely new home, projects a-plenty, paid work and a wonderful lifestyle.

What could possibly go wrong?

Simply put, six years ago I was diagnosed with a genetic condition called Hemochromatosis.   more ...


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