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Unusual National Sports Expats Might Want To Try

Posted on Tuesday November 17, 2015 (17:42:40)
© Jasy Jatere

There are some sports that are unbreakably linked to certain countries. These sports form part of the national character, and success on the field of play can elevate even the smallest nations to glory on the global stage.

New Zealand are the current Rugby World Cup holders, and a Kiwi’s love of the sport is embedded in his DNA. To any Cuban, baseball is as much a source of pride as a revolutionary beard or an ice-cold mojito.   more ...

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Expats - Learn How to Haggle!

Posted on Tuesday November 17, 2015 (17:07:06)
© John Haslam

In America, the UK, and most parts of Europe, haggling is not a huge part of daily life and culture, although there are times when it is expected. In these countries, haggling usually occurs over more high-end items such as luxury cars and homes, and rents for a new apartment or house. On the other extreme, you may find people haggling at garage sales or flea markets. As a result, many expats from these countries are uncomfortable with the idea of haggling, and try to avoid it entirely.   more ...

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Interview With Judy Rickatson, Social Media Director at Families in Global Transition

Posted on Tuesday November 17, 2015 (16:40:22)
Judy Rickatson

Judy, can you tell us a bit about who you are and your background as an expat?

I guess you could call me a professional trailing spouse. I was born and raised in the UK and unwittingly married a Third Culture Kid. Soon after, we immigrated to Canada where I built a successful career in real estate.   more ...

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10 Unusual National Dishes Expats Must Try

Posted on Monday November 16, 2015 (14:53:40)
© Dtarazona

One of the best things about being an expat is the opportunity to explore new cuisines. Sure, every expat misses the taste of home, but there’s no denying the excitement and satisfaction of encountering new flavours and sometimes falling in love with them. Trying a country’s national dish can be particularly rewarding. Because national dishes, whether official or unofficial, are so tied to local ingredients and local cultural traditions, they’re always distinctive, and they’re a great way to begin exploring local culture.   more ...

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Ten Movies That Will Give You Wanderlust

Posted on Monday November 16, 2015 (14:26:52)
© 20th Century Fox

At the end of a long working day, there’s nothing better than turning down the lights, pouring yourself a glass and settling down to watch a movie.

Chances are you spent most of that working day wishing you were somewhere else: somewhere more interesting, more exotic, and with people more interesting than Colin from accounts.

Film lovers can globetrot from the couch, visiting all the world’s wonders with a bowl of popcorn in hand and experiencing new cultures whilst slobbing in cosy pyjamas.   more ...

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Interview With Angie O'Brien, Co Founder of PetRelocation

Posted on Monday November 16, 2015 (13:51:55)
Kevin and Angie O'Brien

Angie, what inspired you and your husband to set up PetRelocation?

My husband Kevin and I moved to Austin from San Francisco back in 2000, and after starting a small pet taxiing business I saw the potential for incredible growth in the pet industry. Having relocated with my own dog and cat and realizing how stressful an experience it can be, it only made sense to explore how we could make it easier for people to get their pets from point A to point b efficiently and safely.   more ...

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10 Of The Best Co-Working Spaces Around The World

Posted on Friday November 13, 2015 (16:42:28)
© Eric Bailey

Since it first started around ten years ago in the US, co-working has become increasingly popular around the world, with co-working spaces popping up absolutely everywhere, from Argentina to India and from Amsterdam to Thailand. The specifics of each set-up may vary, but the core essentials remain the same everywhere – a shared working space for people who aren’t necessarily part of the same company or even industry, and a community that is built around this space and that shares expertise and other resources.   more ...

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Interview with Expat Author Diane Lemieux

Posted on Thursday November 12, 2015 (17:31:41)
Diane Lemieux

Diane, please tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Diane Lemieux. I’ve lived in 11 countries, including Canada where I was born, and Nigeria where I am now. I speak four languages (and studied two more that I have since forgotten). And I’ve been an ‘expat’ everything: kid, teenager, employee, student, mom, love-pat, re-pat… Most advice to new writers will include the adage: ‘write what you know’. So I write about cultures and global mobility. I also like to write about adventurous, creative and somehow international individuals who inspire me.   more ...

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Interview With Gabi and Skip Yetter, Expat Authors

Posted on Thursday November 12, 2015 (17:06:05)
Skip & Gabi Yetter

Tell us a bit about yourselves - where did you move from, where are you living now, and what prompted you to make the move?

I (Gabi) am English and Skip is American (from Boston). We are both former journalists and business executives who love to travel and experience other cultures. We met when we both worked for the same company in the U.S. and, after a number of years and multiple experiences, got married in 2006 and went on honeymoon to Thailand.   more ...

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Interview With Gina Valiando, Senior Field Marketing Representative, International AutoSource

Posted on Thursday November 12, 2015 (17:03:18)
Gina Valiando

Gina, please tell us a bit about yourself. How did you come to work at International AutoSource, and what does your day-to-day work entail?

I was introduced to “life as an Expat” from a friend of mine who spent many years abroad. As an American Expat living in the United Kingdom and France, she experienced different cultures and overcame many obstacles to assimilate.   more ...



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