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How Do Expats Cope With Losing Their Identity

Source: BBC By Laura Clarke Link to original article After years away on a foreign posting, coming ‘home’ can be overwhelming and isolating. Here’s how many people cope with fitting back in. Last week, we identified an important, but often overlooked problem of being a long-term expat: how a foreign posting can affect your sense of identity, belonging and home. It prompted many of you to share your own enlightening and often surprising experiences of moving around the globe. The sense of never being at home anywhere is very real In fact, so many of you identified with our writer’s dilemma that we thought we would both share your experiences and highlight your best tips when it comes to fitting in once you return “home” after a long stint abroad. No place like home In a Facebook c...

20 Lessons Learned From Traveling to 20 Countries

Source: Brittany from Boston Link to original articleAmong the wonderful benefits of traveling is the opportunity to grow and learn more about yourself, while learning about other people and cultures around the world. And along the way, it’s important to look back and reflect upon what you’ve learned and how you’ve grown. With my recent trip to The Bahamas marking my 20th country visited, I’m taking a moment to reflect! Here are my 20 Lessons Learned from Traveling to 20 Countries: Lessons Learned from Traveling: 1.   I am not the center of the universe.  Most people are self-absorbed on some level, and I think the easiest cure to a case of vanity is traveling the world to see how much life exists beyond your own. It’s actually a really beautiful realization to lea...

The 10 Most Cool Places to Eat in 2019

There are always many lists in the restaurant world and what constitutes an amazing meal is very subjective. But these restaurants are among the most interesting—and probably underappreciated—right now. Each has a reason for bragging rights and provide a great experience. These are the 10 Coolest Places to Eat in 2019 and you should definitely give them a try if you find yourself in one of these cities. 3 Fils, Dubai Here you can find a low-key restaurant experience with pristine luxury products at low cost. Wagyu, foie gras, sea urchin, chocolate-fed beef are just some of the delicacies you can find here. Chef Akmal Anuar executes everything in a simply delicious manner. 28 Hubin Road, Hangzhou The restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou is one of the best restaurants in China. Their spe...

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-perfect destination come true. Due to it’s location in a beautifulsecluded cove surrounded by towering golden cliffs, visitors are only be able to reach this slice of paradise by boat. But it’s definitely worth the ride there because swimming in these turquoise waters is a memory to cherish for life. On the shore the old Panagiotis shipwreck adds another interesting element to this already stunning ...

Weird Ways the World Celebrates New Year

12 Grapes in Spain If you’re celebrating the last day of the year in Spain, be ready to stuff yourself with 12 grapes at midnight. A wish goes along with each grape. One grape needs to be eaten at each chime of the clock at midnight. Great Balls of Fire in Scotland People parade through the streets of Stonehaven, Scotland while swinging balls of fire around. The roots of this tradition date back to the Vikings. Scarlet Undies in Turkey Wearing red underwear dates back to the Middle Ages, or so they say. The colour red was originally frowned upon because it was associated with evil but on New Year’s Eve they bring good luck. In Turkey, street stalls are filled with this festive lingerie. Whispering to Animals in Romania Trying to understand their animals is a New Year’s Eve ritual practiced...

The Best Places to Visit in December

By Mark Ellwood Why not nix that chore-like trip to visit the family this holiday season and make a break for an international Christmas market instead? If frosted trees and mulled wine leave you cold, what about a warm-weather getaway to party on the beach in the world’s sexiest city? Either way, we have you covered: These are the seven best places to visit in December.  St. Moritz, Switzerland Thanks to regulars ranging from George Clooney to Audrey Hepburn, star-studded St. Moritz remains one of Europe’s most glamorous ski getaways. But it’s also a top-notch winter sports mecca, especially during December. This month, the Ski World Cup brings three days of Olympic-caliber sport from the best female alpine skiers in the world. Just after Christmas, the Bob: Swiss Championship featur...

The Emotional Rollercoaster of Expat Life: Leaving Home

Source: The Rebecca Project Link to original article It has been a difficult few weeks. In preparing to leave Sydney and return back to San Francisco, I felt like a hot mess. I was a hot mess. And that’s okay. I knew what to expect (this isn’t my first go round) and I’ve been much kinder to myself and more open about my experience. Those actions have made things easier to process. Nevertheless, it has still been hard.The emotional stages an expat passes through as they prepare to relocate is best described as a rollercoaster. Plenty of twists and turns and peaks and drops and being turned upside down, and all of it is lived at a frenetic pace. It can be overwhelming: you’re leaving behind one life to start another. You’re giving away your possessions. You’re fare-welling your support netwo...

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. Hong Kong SAR – 84.3 years Hong Kong is infamous for air pollution so this city may come as a surprise. There are 7 million people living in an around which contribute to the pollution but despite that life expectancy here is almost a full year longer than the highest in Europe. Citizens are quite active, practicing martial arts like Tai Chi. Steamed food is preferred over fried and a lot of tea is ...

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 reason why the change was quite fast and easily integrated into Italian society. Meanwhile other parts of Europe were struggling with acceptance of using the fork. Making pasta in Naples In southern Italy, close to Naples, the region called Campania is considered to be the best place to make pasta. And it is only because of suitable climate conditions. The durum wheat is able to grow all year round a...

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 has been with SPB for the last four years. Tell us a bit about BeckettHanlon. BeckettHanlon’s core service is buying property safely abroad. With a range of beautiful properties around the globe under our portfolio, our consultants work very hard to find our clients the perfect property based on their individual and unique needs. We have also grown our company to provide franchise opportunities, wh...

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 Sampernandu, as its known to locals, attracts spectators from all over the country and across the globe.  It’s a competitive festival between 11 participating villages.  Local citizens pitch in to build the most elaborate lanterns.  These lanterns were originally simple, paper lanterns not measuring more than 1m in diameter.  Today they’re over 6m and made of all kinds of materials and illuminated. Gävle...

My Expats World | What life in Canada can teach us?

Living abroad is an extremely magnificent experience. It can teach an expat a lot. Not only about a new place, new culture and its people. It gives a lot of knowledge a lot about oneself, too. In a way, it helps to increase a self-awareness, mostly because the majority of human beings have to leave their comfort zone and build everything from the beginning in a new place. In this article we will try to get to know what Canada can teach a newcomer.   Nature is important  Canada has an extremely wonderful nature. It has it all: mountains, volcanoes, prairies, oceans, rivers, lakes, Arctic tundra’s, glaciers, rain forests, deserts, islands, vineyards, valleys, ravines, cliffs, hills, pastoral land, etc. The wildlife is also extraordinary here. Well, it’s second largest country in the world, s...