Author: Viktoria Baranyai

Countries with the Highest Life Expectancy in 2018

Most of us don’t want to know how long we will live. However, there are some countries where most of us would like the answer to that question. This list is based on data provided by the World Economic Forum. Out of 137 nations included in the study, the top 10 countries with the highest life expectancy are all in Asia or Europe. Those in the bottom 10 (not mentioned here) are all in Africa. 1. Ho...

World’s Top 10 Beaches 2018

The planet is filled with what seems to be endless beaches. This can make it challenging when deciding where to invest your precious vacation time. Our list of the world’s top 10 beaches will help you choose the beaches that are sure to fill your vacation with natural wonders and relaxing vibes. 1. Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos Shipwreck Beach is located in Zakynthos, Greece and truly isa postcard-pe...

Honouring Italy: surprising pasta facts

Everyone would probably agree that pasta is Italy’s pride. Let’s educate ourselves more about this delicious product! Eating with a spike In the Middle Ages, Italians used to eat pasta with a wooden spike. It was called “punteruolo”. Progressively, it was changed to a fork, which they found more convenient: it has three spikes instead of one to twirl up their noodles. This might the main rea...

SPB Goes Virtual with BeckettHanlon

The Scottish Provident Building’s community is not only for those who reside at SPB and walk our beautiful, adorned corridors but our community extends throughout Belfast and beyond with our extensive range of virtual clients. So we would like to take this opportunity to introduce one of our virtual clients, Drew Beckett, CEO and Founder of BeckettHanlon Worldwide Property, a virtual tenant that h...

Weird and Wonderful Christmas Traditions from Around the Globe

Christmas traditions are wonderful and sometimes wonderfully weird.  These are some of our favourites that are guaranteed to put you in the festive spirit. Giant Lantern Festival, Philippines The Giant Lantern Festival is held each year on the last Saturday before Christmas Eve in the city of San Fernando. San Fernando is known as the “Christmas Capital of the Philippines.”  Ligligan Parul Sampern...

My Expats World | London Rejected from the 10 best European cities for Property Investment

At the top of the EU property market we find Birmingham, Berlin and Hamburg. London has been overtaken by cities such as Budapest and Istanbul This is the first time since 2012 that London has slipped out of the top 10 best cities in Europe for investment prospects. Prices are high and yields aren’t as good as they used to be. PwC Report A report done by by PwC and the Urban Land Institute, showed...

My Expats World | Idyllic Italian Islands Ban Plastic Cups, Plates and Utensils

From the beginning of this summer, plastic plates, cups, utensils and other packaging was made illegal on the Isole Tremiti, a chain of islands off Italy’s eastern coast. Alarming levels of plastic Alarming levels of plastic particles in the waters surrounding the archipelago were measured recently which is what inspired the new law. These islands lie within a protected marine reserve off th...

My Expats World | The Best Time of Day to Work Out

Staying committed to a regular gym routine is hard. Tackling fatigue, family and work don’t make it any easier. It may seem counterintuitive to get out of bed earlier when you are tired, or to go after work when you feel mentally drained. Just how are we meant to be maximising our workouts when we can barely keep our eyes open? Some fitness experts have explained the best time of day to exercise a...

My Expats World | How to Survive a Swedish Crayfish Party

It’s August, and in Sweden that means it’s crayfish party time. If you’re new to the country or just haven’t had enough practice with crayfish etiquette, an invite can bring on some anxiety. This handy guide will help you survive the ordeal. 1. Hope for a demonstration Crayfish are tasty little creatures but figuring out how to eat them can be challenging. One needs to get behind...

My Expats World | The World’s Top 5 Food Experiences

Food is an important part of any place. It unlocks social customs and revealing ancient traditions, all while offering us a chance to connect with the locals in an organic way. It’s a delicious way to get to know the city we are living or traveling in. Here are the world’s top 5 food experiences: 1. Pintxos in San Sebastian There is probably no better way to explore a culture’s cuisine than pintxo...

What do Spaniards Find Surprising About Living in the UK?

There are many British people living in Spain. And many of them have opinions – often contradictory – about daily life and work in the country. But we don’t stop to think of the reverse very often, if at all. So, what is it that Spaniards find surprising about living in the UK? Wearing long socks, carpeted rooms and potato crisps inside sandwiches are just some of the things Spaniards living in Lo...

Tuscan city bans fast food, sex shops, and non-Italian shop signs

Pistoia, a charming Tuscan city, has banned new fast-food restaurants and sex shops from opening in the historic centre. In addition, they have ordered that all store signs must be written only using the Latin alphabet. Tough new rules Earlier this year these tough new rules were set out by the city council and these rules apply to the entire historic centre of the medieval city. Neon cannot be us...