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My Expats World | Tailor Made Luxury Home Services in Lisbon

Have you recently bought a home in the Lisbon area but are feeling overwhelmed or too busy to take care of it yourself? You would love an expert to manage things on your behalf, whether it means getting things set up, helping with home services, or even having 5 star concierge support. Home Services 4U (HS4U) does exactly that – offering tailor made luxury home services in Lisbon, catering totally to your needs. HS4U was founded by 3 partners who for a long time were debating the need for such a service. They were frustrated by the low standard of existing companies in the market and wanted to create a better experience for their clients. Relax while they take care of things Clients are happy to use the company’s services as they want first class service for their homes away from hom...

My Expats World | It’s way far more than only following your passion

Don’t get us wrong, passion is very important. But when the reality strikes with its downs, challenges and frustrations, it becomes hard to count only on your passion. In today’s society the “follow your passion” concept gives a lot of pressure. It’s not only about finding your path and working towards your goal, it’s more about being successful. So, it is like a double responsibility: you must know your passion (the sooner, the better) and be successful while achieving it. The matter is more complicated How and when a person will know that he/she has found it? And if a person has more than one passion, does he/she have to choose between them? Does passion lead to success? And if it doesn’t, does it mean we need to find a new one? Sure thing, there are no guarantees for anyone. In most cas...

My Expats World | Foreigners’ habits that Spaniards find weird to see in their culture

Spain is home to millions of foreigners, so a multicultural environment doesn’t surprise anyone. However, newcomers should understand that their native customs may surprise locals, since the Spanish culture is quite particular in many senses.  Here is an article about the most standard situations that provoke awkward experiences with Spanish people.   Know how to greet a Spanish person  When Spanish people meet, they greet each other with kisses on the cheek. No matter if you are foreigner and they see you for the very first time, they will give you those two kisses. So, it is better if you could control your instinct to give a handshake, anyway it will not help you to avoid the double kiss.  Know what to wear  In the south the weather is very pleasant all year round comparing it with nort...

My Expats World | Danes lead the way to food waste reduction

Food waste is a great problem all over the world. And Denmark is the number one example in food waste reduction.  According to official data, Danes have reduced their food waste by 25% since 2012.   During these years many things have changed for the better: new food waste reductions initiatives and startups started appearing on a regular basis. Local influencers and awareness campaigns encourage the fight against food excess and have created food waste supermarkets, food waste cooking schools and many more great changes that positively affect society’s behavior and habits. In short, the world has a role model.   How did the Danes do it?  A strong leader  In fact, everything started because of Selina Juul. This woman emigrated from Russia during her teenager years and was astonished with t...

My Expats World | Air pollution causes lung cancer

The latest research made at Sir Gangaram Hospital in India, reveals that today children are exposed to toxic air right after birth. That leads to the increase of lung cancer among non-smokers and women.  According to the data of the Lung Care Foundation, 50% of people, who have a lung cancer, are non-smokers. The study took 6 years (2012-2018) to research 150 lung cancer patients. It was also disclosed that 70% of these people were less than 50 years old and they didn’t ever smoke.  Pollution and lung cancer An oncologist and a chairman of the hospital, Dr. Arvind Kumar, assures that today the air we breathe contains the same element as cigarette smoke. This element is called carcinogen whose particulate matter reaches 2.5. This amount is harmful for human beings. “These fine particles can...

My Expats World | What makes Greek food healthy?

Greece and its culture are very rich, it doesn’t go unnoticed. The extraordinary environment, white-walled towns and a tasty food are the first associations when thinking of this magnificent land.  Even though the topic is infinite, this article is a tribute to the healthy secrets of Greek food.   The traditional Greek table demonstrates a variety of colours and flavours in a large selection of local ingredients. Not surprisingly, the Mediterranean diet is recognized as the healthiest diet around the world. Majority of health experts and even science research agrees on that.   Six healthy customs of Greek cuisine are revealed in this article. Thus, take your notebook, these universal cooking habits can be adapted to any kitchen.   1.  Olive oil Extra virgin olive oil is irreplaceable when ...

My Expats World | The workation phenomenon

Work doesn’t look the same as it looked in the past, even if we are talking about previous 10 years. However, there still are many companies that are trying to stick to the old-fashioned way of working: strict working hours and a disapproval of remote work. On the contrary, forward-looking companies and usually startups, often run by millennials, appreciate a flexible working environment. The contemporary mindset of running a business allows their employees to travel and not to lose their vacation time. Workation meaning Very simply, workation stands for vacation time while still working. Modern employees support this choice because they believe it paybacks in productivity and creativity: a temporary escape of day to day stresses in the office. Moreover, it helps to please employees, becau...

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 that Berlin and Hamburg took the top two positions in the Emerging Trends in Real Estate, while Birmingham came in sixth. This report collated interviews with more than 500 developers, investors and property managers across Europe and is a useful guide to where experts think the market might be heading Cities were rated based on investment prospects, and for their impressions on the future of the...

My Expats World | Gen Z is troubled by phone boredom

Generation Z is also known as the iGeneration, which has started using the internet since a young age. This makes them proficient users of current technology and social media.   Even though teens have a full access to the technology today, they claim they feel very bored by it.  A new type of boredom  This case may sound a bit strange since we have lost those moments of daydreaming. In fact, it is quite difficult nowadays to be bored when our phone can entertain us while having free moments: Facebook, emails, Candy Crush Saga, etc. However, today’s teenagers are still feeling bored, which creates a new type of boredom: phone bored.  Many of these teens and tweens are growing up with 4G internet, laptops, and social media. Well, basically with everything that earlier generations started to ...

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 the coast of Puglia. Local mayor steps up Antonio Fentini, the local mayor, proposed a solution of imposing fines of up to €500 on anyone (businesses or individuals) caught using plastic cups, plates or utensils on any of the archipelago’s three islands. People have been encouraged to change to using reusable or biodegradable picnicware. Are plastic bottles next? Fentini has not yet banned pla...

My Expats World | New French courses period in Autumn

Alliance Française Amsterdam New French courses period – September-December 2018 We offer you French language courses for every age, level and occupation. Our strengths: Dynamic and innovative teaching methods; Qualified native teachers; Oral-based courses; Latest online learning tools From only €12.50 / hour The worldwide AF label stands for quality, expertise and unique linguistic and (inter)cultural experience.   OPEN DAY  Our team welcomes you on Saturday, September 1st at Centrale OBA’s ground floor to present you the new 2018/2019 French courses and cultural offer. Programme: Discussions with our staff and teachers, Free placement tests, Children workshops, French books sale – everything for €1, 10% discount on all our courses and our membership offer. EXCLUSIV...

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 and to maximise your efforts while you do. So read on to see when is the best time of day to work out. Morning or evening? Most people are not weighing up their health benefits when deciding when to go to the gym. It’s usually a case of fitting a workout around other scheduled commitments. But is this the best way to do it? Personal trainer and instructor, Banafsheh Hassanzadeh, says: “The best tim...