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Take your German to the Next Level

Whether you just arrived in Berlin or you’ve been in the city for a while, getting by on English, Sprachsalon is the place for you. In this language school in the heart of one of the trendiest districts, you’ll learn German with great people in a laidback atmosphere. At Sprachsalon you can take German courses at all levels (from A1 to C2). In a group of 6-11 participants at most, you’ll learn fast and receive individual supervision from a team of dedicated teachers and the office staff. Browse through the Intensive, Evening and Weekend classes to find the course best suited to your schedule. Moreover, for advanced students the school offers focus classes such as literature, creative writing, theater and pronunciation courses. For breaks between classes, there is a small k...

Foreigners Account for 25% of Portugal’s Property Sales

Portugal’s property market saw a boom among foreigner buyers in 2017. Actually, foreigners account for 25% of Portugal’s property sales. The majority are from France or Brazil however many Brits and Chinese were also purchasing property here. Over 25% Year on Year Increase in Property Sales 152,000 properties were sold in 2017. This was a 25% to 30% increase compared to 2016. These figures are only taking into account the number of properties sold through realtors, and not private sales. House prices are expected to continue growing over the next 5 years. A 6% increase is what is forecasted during this time. But this price increase does not seem to keep foreigners from investing. The lure of good weather, safety, high quality of life are the pay-off. Demand is high and there is not much su...

5 Things to Consider when Moving to Dubai

By Luxhabitat Your guide to living in the glam city of Dubai Dubai as a Middle Eastern hotspot is one of the most eyed upon destination by expats from around the world owing to the tax-free income and luxury lifestyle that the city provides its residents with. Millions of people relocate to this gorgeous city every year and makes it their home. But moving to a different city, that too in a different can be quite a daunting task. One needs to plan way ahead of time and conduct a lot of research from credible sources so as to keep himself well informed about the life, lifestyle, along with the do’s and don’ts of the city. Luxhabitat’s quick guide will help you brace yourself while moving into this beautiful city. Culture The official religion of Dubai is Islam and all the residents living he...

Relocating to the Netherlands

If you’re looking to simplify your transition to the Netherlands, Expats by Expats Relocation offer an array of services to help make the transition as smooth as possible. Jo-Ann van Genderen founded the company after experiencing life as an expat in various countries over the past 20 years. “We know only too well how daunting this process can be for newcomers, and we pride ourselves on providing top quality service.” Says Jo-Ann. Once you arrive Your first trip will be a very important one and you will probably have a number of questions about life in a new city. Since each client is unique and has their own preferences and specifications, the company offer specialised solutions suited individually for each person. These include: city guides and maps, housing and school visits, city orien...

Pet Sitting your Furry Friends in Copenhagen

Founded by Zuzanna Rybarczyk in Copenhagen, High Paw! Pet Sitting gives you peace of mind knowing that your pets are in trust-worthy and reliable hands of professionals. The company is the only one of this kind in Copenhagen who offer such a diverse range of services for pet parents. Additionally, they support organizations committed to rescuing and caring for animals in need, donating 5% of proceeds to care groups who work hard to improve the lives of neglected animals in the community and abroad. Inspiration behind High Paw! “I’ve always been an animal lover and the idea of opening a pet sitting company came naturally when I started walking a few dogs in my free time while studying in Copenhagen.” Says Zuzanna. “Once launched, I started taking diverse courses in order to become a g...

How to Be Happy Wherever You Live

By Fiona Maguire There are many challenges and rewards to living abroad. Experiences can either be happy, or really, really low. You might be a happy, go lucky person who thrives on adventure. Or, you may be the type who likes to stand back and play it safe. Most people imagine that the kind of person you are is what makes the challenge of living abroad easy or not. This is partly true but there’s more to the equation than your personality. What makes the biggest difference to our level of happiness when dealing with challenges is understanding how your mind really works. How Your Mind Works Your mind is a big filter, it filters information coming through your five senses and then makes representations of that information inside your mind. It does this so that you can understand the inform...

Dating Around the World

Relationships have a universal value and importance in almost every culture. Not surprisingly, dating around the world reflects differences in cultural attitudes, customs and accepted norms. So, dating success can often come down to understanding the nuances of local approaches to dating around the world. Dates can vary from freewheeling encounters to heavily supervised skirmishes through to a casual outing at the movies. Daring To Date Dating can be simultaneously frustratingly complex or simple. The differences between Western concepts of dating and other cultures can create liberal unfettered dating customs, constrained meetings, and formally choreographed gatherings. In some countries, dating is actually illegal. As if all that isn’t enough for budding Romeos and Juliette’s, along came...

The Best Start to a Child’s Educational Journey

By Aloha College First steps towards successful, lifelong learning As children enter the world of education they embark on an exciting journey of attainment and discovery. These initial years are crucial in instigating and embedding a love of learning, establishing a solid infrastructure of knowledge to build upon in future years. The Foundation Stage settings are paramount in nurturing a child’s natural curiosity, teaching invaluable social skills, enabling children to build self-confidence and develop critical thinking skills, whilst teaching them how to express themselves appropriately in day-to-day scenarios. Kathryn Edwards, the head of KS What does learning looks like in a classroom? The setting in which children learn is imperative. Classrooms and schools that create an atmosphere o...

Competent, Reliable Tax Services for Expats

Based in Bern, Switzerland, Taxbutler helps expats with various tax services such as tax returns, declaration, deductions, and other advice you may require. Taxbutler is competent, reliable and cost-efficient and their customers benefit from the company’s long-lasting collaboration with a reputable tax law firm in Switzerland. This background ensures that their team is always up-to-date with the most recent developments in Swiss taxes. Simple, online annual tax filing “Our team has long-term experience with the preparation of tax returns and giving tax planning and legal advice to taxpayers in Switzerland.” Says Alexandra Zuberbühler, Tax Expert at Taxbutler. “We noted that a growing number of taxpayers look for a simple way to comply with their annual tax filing duties without having to s...

Private Homes for Busy People in Germany

If you are in Germany and looking to rent a temporary home or want to sublet your furnished apartment or several furnished flats, for a certain period, tempoFLAT is the perfect portal to do so. Private homes are easier to find and there are better places at less expense. You can also list your residence and place ads free of charge. The inspiration behind tempoFLAT “As we have been number 1 for Furnished Apartments and Temporary Housing in Switzerland for more than 25 years”, says Nik Kleiner, founder of tempoFLAT, “we wondered if our experience and business model would also work in Germany – and it did. Germany is not only intriguing for us because it is a completely different market and rental law.  But also quite a different business culture, which makes it interesting for us. So intere...

Moving in Amsterdam is Not a Picnic in the Park

When you move to Amsterdam, you may find some challenges along the way. This city is full of waterways and narrow streets and many buildings have narrow staircases which make your move cumbersome. You must begin by getting a parking permit for the moving truck, if you would like it parked in front of your house. For this you will need a TVM. Applications for TVM’s can be made at the district office (in the Amsterdam district you are moving). There are 7 different district offices and they all have their own rules. Also, there are 2 different kinds of TVM’s. If you don’t speak Dutch, arranging the permits can be quite a challenge. Amsterdammertjes Another difficulty unique to the city are the poles in the streets. All over Amsterdam there are poles that block street entrances. These are the...

Your Next Move Is In The Thriving Costa Del Sol

The Costa del Sol is a region in the South of Spain that is often referred to as the Sun Coast, Costa del Golf and even Gold Coast. The region is part of the community of Andalucia. On the Costa del Sol you can find large cities such as Málaga, Torremolinos, Fuengirola Marbella, San Pedro and Estepona, but also has many small towns and villages including Benalmadena, La Cala de Mijas, Elviria, Los Monteros, Nueva Andalcuia, Puerto Banus, Casares, Sabanillas and Duquesa to name but a few. Many people starting their move to the Costa del Sol will undoubtedly find themselves asking at one point of another; “Where in the Costa del Sol is best to buy property?” And “How do I make sure I buy in the right area for me or my family?” Many estate agents nowadays will offer up any property and claim ...