Family day out Beaune France 2002

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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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.
Chile

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.
Bulgarian landscape

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.
Together in Shenzhen

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.
Kuala Lumpur Petronas Towers

My life in Malaysia, truly Asia.

Malaysia is such a unique place to live, with its colonial architecture mixed in with modern buildings stands alongside beautiful mosque and temples alike. Although most speak English, Bahasa Malaysian is the national language. with Mandarin and Tamil also widely spoken. Many languages can be heard being spoken because the country is a melting pot of local Malay's, Chinese and Indian cultures.
Chapala Lake, Mexico

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.
Chinese Breakfast of Champions

Chinese Street Foods

China is well known for offering a vast variety of different foods. The very concept of “Chinese cuisine” is hard define because the country is so big and the dishes vary so much from place to place. One passion that does unite the country, however, is a love for street food. One of the greatest things about street food is that it is impossibly cheap, as you can often get a full meal for less than a euro.
Eltz Castle, Rhineland-Palatinate, 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.
Sightseeing in Dusseldorf

Life as it is in Düsseldorf: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

There are many things to say about what makes life great in Düsseldorf, Germany. Regardless of what day of the week it is, there is always something going on in the city, whether it’s a concert, a dinner party or a craft show.

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.
Dublin

I have a Dream… I Want to Live Abroad!

Sara did not get the chance to start a new life abroad yet, but that’s the plan. Not because she needs to escape from her country, but because she doesn’t want to miss anything about the Beauty this world can offer. Sara wants to live abroad!

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