Culture

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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 | 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 | 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 | How to parent like the Japanese

Japanese children are known for their good behavior. They are often described as having a mature attitude, being calmer and obedient. This is especially so when it comes into comparison with Western kids and parenting styles. So, what does the Japanese parenting style look like? Proximal parenting style prevails in Japan There are two main parenting strategies: proximal and distal. Proximal parenting has regular and extended body contact between the mother and child. Meanwhile, distal parenting focuses on eye contact, face expressions and verbal communication, mostly common in Western countries. It’s the proximal parenting style dominates in Japan. So,  close mother-and-child contact is the norm there. Moreover, Japanese mothers prioritize their child among anything else. One survey ...

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...