Why I’ve lived in Cambodia for Eleven Years

My Australian kids don't understand why I don't want to return to Australia. My daughter is living in New York and my son in Sydney. Both are working hard and I would probably only him occasionally and might see my daughter once a year at best. Here I have a family, work and warm water to swim in. I have cafes and restaurants I can afford to go to. Basically, I have everything I need in Sihanoukville (Cambodia).
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Greetings from the Roads of North America

Evan & Katie are a traveling couple based out of Portland, Oregon. They are currently following their philosophy of doing life a little differently by living full-time in their self-converted Sprinter van. Their 62-foot residence can be spotted around North America, always in a new location and on the hunt for the best craft brewery.

What makes Lake Chapala in Mexico so special…

Ajijic and the Lake Chapala have been a retirement destination for nearly 100 years due to the perfect climate, high quality of life and good health care.. There are over 80 organized clubs and groups to keep you active and young. Every ethnicity in the world is represented in this small Mexican village. Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Argentinian, Indian and so much more.

Cara Sucia: Life in a small Salvadoran Town

Cara Sucia, which is Spanish for Dirty Face, is located in the region of Ahuachapán. Cara Sucia Is approximately 57 miles west of San Salvador. Anyone visiting El Salvador, that wants to experience what the normal everyday life of the average Salvadorian is like, should visit Cara Sucia.

Conceived in Ethiopia and Born in Chile

The story of Elisa in her first nine months of life before life. Her mother Chilean, her father American, Elisa was conceived in Ethiopia. After 9 adventurous months in Ethiopia and Liberia, she finally arrived on December 15 in Santiago, Chile. The moving story of a baby thru the eyes and heart of her father.

Top 10 Things I Love About Chile

Less densely populated. With a population of 17.6 million, 1/2 of which is in Santiago, the rest of the country is pretty empty. No traffic jams, except at milking time when the cows cross the road–and no road rage. The small town atmosphere where everybody knows everybody. Life is centered around the town plaza where people hang out to socialize. It’s reminiscent of the USA in the 1950’s.

Why Buy a House in Bulgaria. Go to the Med, turn right.

There is a surplus of property on the market in Bulgaria, especially in the rural areas. And that has to be very good news if you want to buy a cheap house in the country. The population of Bulgaria is relatively small for the total land area and in fact, it has gone down in recent years, mainly due to young people leaving for America and for other parts of Europe, especially England and Germany.

A Guide for Visiting German Castles

Germany should be considered the capital of castles in the world. It simply has 20,000 of them! The list of castles includes forts, palaces, and manor houses. Some are still intact and others are just ruins. Some are livable or turned into hotels, hostels, restaurants, etc.

A Question of Language (and Why You Should Avoid Expats)

For those who wish to actually live abroad, which I would take to mean spending a year or more there and, more importantly, immersing yourself in the life, then this apparent convenience can quickly become a trap that you may struggle to escape from. This is because of the insularity of the expat community, and it is the same no matter where you are. There are people who have lived abroad for ten years or more and their ability to have an intelligent conversation with a local is approximately zero. They are not assimilated into the local culture and people do not talk to them in the street; they remain apart.

Megan, a South African educator in Bhutan

Bhutan is nestled in the Himalaya, between India and Tibet, and has a population of fewer than 800,000 people. It is well known for the concept of Gross National Happiness that permeates everything they do; it is even included in their school curriculum. Basically, Bhutan is known as one of the happiest countries in the world. The Bhutanese are some of the kindest, most accepting and giving people in the world. They have so little but they share whatever they have.

Doha and Shenzhen: A Tale of Two Cities 

In many ways, Doha is not so different from Shenzhen because it is a modern city. Like Shenzhen, most of Doha did not exist thirty or forty years ago. Yes, it has loads of skyscrapers and impressive modern buildings, just like SZ, and there are even some parks. Both cities are near the sea. But that is where the similarities end. Doha was built by Nepalis, Indians, Filipinos, anyone that the Qataris could get to do the work. Shenzhen, on the other hand, was built by the Chinese. Okay, they had hired some foreign architects perhaps, but all of the real work was done by Chinese workers.

A Question of Language (and Why You Should Avoid Expats)

For those who wish to actually live abroad, which I would take to mean spending a year or more there and, more importantly, immersing yourself in the life, then this apparent convenience can quickly become a trap that you may struggle to escape from. This is because of the insularity of the expat community, and it is the same no matter where you are. There are people who have lived abroad for ten years or more and their ability to have an intelligent conversation with a local is approximately zero. They are not assimilated into the local culture and people do not talk to them in the street; they remain apart.

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