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

Posted on Tuesday November 18, 2014 (18:18:38)
The entrance to the metro is generally just an underpass with a large “M” sign above it. The Moscow metro is quite extensive and the tickets are very cheap and can be purchased at the metro stations. Look for a ticket booth with the word ‘Kacca’ on it – you can buy multiple tickets (maximum of 60) for a number of journeys.

There is an emergency column at the centre of each metro station in case you require any assistance. The metro is very efficient and is probably your most economical option but rush hours are particularly brutal, unless you are used to taking the London tube or “the train” in NYC!   more ...


Dealing With Culture Shock In Panama - Some Advice For New Expats

Posted on Monday November 17, 2014 (23:23:21)
Panama is often described as a place where tropical beauty meets consumer paradise! The landscapes of this country are as diverse as its traditions and cuisines but the people are very tolerant and accepting. However, when moving to a new country, culture shock is inevitable so it is important that you prepare for some of the changes you can expect. Here are 10 things you need to prepare for:

1. Driving and Traffic

Everyone in Panama seems to embody the famous "juega vivo" attitude – where in the game of life, the only way to stay ahead is to push yourself to the front.   more ...

Saudi Arabia

Staying Safe In Saudi Arabia As An Expat

Posted on Monday November 17, 2014 (21:51:08)
Saudi Arabia is a land of stark contradictions, widely misunderstood and often misrepresented. While a lot that you’ve heard about Saudi Arabia is probably true, most of it needs to be taken in context to the cultural and religious identity of the nation. No one would make the move to Saudi Arabia for greater freedom or to feel safe, the driving force is always monetary gain, and Saudi is a great place to get rich pretty quick. If you wish to further your career goals through a move to the Kingdom, be prepared to forego most of those aspects of life that we hold so dear in secular democratic societies.   more ...

South Korea

A Short Expat Guide To Food And Drink In South Korea

Posted on Monday November 17, 2014 (21:25:26)
South Korean food may be an acquired taste, but once you get used to it, it can be pretty addictive. The food here displays definite influences of Chinese and Japanese cuisines, but it still retains its unique flavor palette of spice and garlic combined with mild flavored ingredients such as raw fish.

Some amount of culture shock is almost inevitable, so the best thing to do is embrace the change and try to get accustomed to the new foods and beverages to ease your transition. South Korean fare generally has few bread and white flour products, and instead, rice and dishes with strong spices are common. Traditional Korean foods are low in fat but high in salt, so if you are on a low-sodium diet, you need to keep an eye on your salt intake.   more ...


5 Experiences You Must Try As an Expat in Norway

Posted on Sunday November 16, 2014 (20:52:29)
Norway has something to offer everyone; whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a history buff, a foodie or an adrenalin junkie, there’ll always be something to keep you busy. Norway may be sparsely populated, but its terrain is expansive and diverse. The country offers expats experiences and sights that are unique to the region, so take the road less beaten and don’t spend all of your time in the country living in the cities, near your workplace or hotel. There’s a lot more to Norway beyond Oslo.

Viking Fantasies: It’s hard to have a truly Scandinavian experience without exploring the Viking connection from the past. It doesn’t get much more Viking than a trip to the village of Borg, Lofoten Islands.   more ...

Costa Rica

Legal Aspects To Consider When Relocating To Costa Rica

Posted on Friday November 14, 2014 (00:22:09)
Federico Altamura Arce
by Federico Altamura Arce
Alpha Legal

Over the past decade Costa Rica has attracted thousand of expatriates that are enchanted by its natural wonders and by the relaxed lifestyle of our people. I share the same amusement and truly think that we are very fortunate, living in the happiest country in the planet with no army, abundant biodiversity, political stability and universal healthcare.

However, I have had the opportunity to provide legal counsel to foreigners that come in search of the Central American dream, and have realized that without proper guidance, relocation hurdles can rapidly turn the fantasy into a nightmare.   more ...


What Are The Health Risks For Expats In Singapore?

Posted on Tuesday November 11, 2014 (22:38:09)
Singapore is a modernized and highly developed nation. Expats will find that Singapore’s healthcare system is among the best performing systems in the world. There are private and public health services available and both are known to provide high quality treatments.

However due to the country’s dense population, communicable health conditions get passed around quite easily. These include minor problems such as the flu and colds. Singapore also faces the problem of air pollution, which in turn could trigger and aggravate respiratory conditions.   more ...


Where Do Expats Choose To Live In Switzerland? An Overview Of Popular Locations

Posted on Tuesday November 11, 2014 (22:11:10)
The 2014 Expat Explorer Survey says that Switzerland is the most popular destination among expats, followed by Singapore, China and Germany. There are many reasons why expats love living in Switzerland. The economy is strong and inspires confidence in young professionals and businesspersons. The working conditions are favorable and many feel that there is a pleasant balance between work and life. Switzerland is also a land of natural beauty and the quality of air is excellent. Plus, the country ranks high in terms of social security because of the many benefits that families receive. Some locations in Switzerland are more popular among expats than others. Here is an overview of some of these hotspots.   more ...


Why Moving To Cyprus Will (Probably) Make You Happier

Posted on Tuesday November 11, 2014 (22:01:15)
The Mediterranean lifestyle and pleasant climate makes Cyprus the ideal destination for those who want to strike the right balance between work and leisure. The island country also retains its historic heritage and has many archaeological sites, ruins and museums. The people of Cyprus are as warm as the 340 days of sunshine the country receives and foreigners are treated with great hospitality. Here are some of the reasons why moving to Cyprus may just make you happier.   more ...

South Korea

Recommended Reading For Expats Moving To South Korea

Posted on Tuesday November 11, 2014 (21:45:52)
South Korea is an interesting mix of old and new. Rapid modernization in the recent decades has led to the springing up of many factories, advanced medical facilities, large department stores and modern restaurants. But the country also retains its ancient charm with its street markets, traditional herbal medicine shops and temples. The following books are a must-read for expats moving to South Korea.

Learning to Think Korean: A Guide to Living and Working in Korea

Author Robert L. Kohls demystifies Korean culture for those who will be encountering it in daily life while living or working in South Korea.   more ...

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