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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 | 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 | 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 | 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...

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 the pesky shell to get at the meat and good stuff. And, different people have different methods of getting into it. An easy way to begin is by twisting each of the claws clockwise at the base of the arms so they break off. Do this before sucking the juices out from them and removing the small pieces of meat inside. Next, it’s time for the body itself. This is where most methods tend to diff...

My Expats World | Climate change and laziness killed our genetic ancestors

What did affect their fate? The latest archeological study at the Australian National University revealed that Homo erectus (“upright human”) might die because of being too chill. The lead researcher, Dr. Ceri Shipton,  claims that their laziness is revealed by the way these archaic humans made their tools. Dr. Shipton and his team were exploring some territory in Saudi Arabia, where they were focusing on stone axes made by Homo erectus. Interestingly, the excavation site proved that our genetic ancestors were simply choosing something that was lying nearby their camp instead of going further away to pick some better-quality rocks for their tools. Their carefree perspective didn’t help them to survive during the climate change. When the rivers in the Arabian Peninsula dried up,...

My Expats World | 7 things that impact obesity in America

Obesity rates in the United States are the highest in the world: two of every three American men are considered to be overweight or obese. However, obesity in women is more common. According to the statistics, close to 40% of adults and 19% of young people are obese. And this trend is not decreasing.   Even though it is pretty clear that Americans consume more food than is necessary to turn into energy, an ordinary resident unconsciously overindulges in a great variety of unhealthy foods. Simply because in the States unhealthy food is the most tasty, affordable and available.  It’s provided in large portions and even visually looks better than healthy alternatives.   Let’s get some deeper insights about what influences American obesity.    1) Americans eat out a lot  The frequency of...

9 of the most relevant etiquette norms of 21st century

Etiquette standards have changed a lot during last 20 years. Things that were normal for our parents and grandparents, like sending letters via mail or calling via a land line, in this digital age are used much less often. Earlier generations didn’t need to be worried about texting, mailing rules or dating app protocol. Well, pretty much everything used to be done face to face before. However, our environment progresses and keeps up with the latest innovations. For this reason, there exists a vague understanding about current etiquette norms and acceptable behaviors. Thus, this article should help you get a clue  as to what is acceptable and what is not in terms of technology, work and relationships. 1.    No phone on the table during a meal Keeping your phone on the table in most cases is...

How our age affects our appetite?

Food is the daily fuel of humans. And our relationship with food is formed by income, availability, trends and even peer pressure. Which means that the relationship can be as much complicated as it is joyful. Hunger is the main stimulant that affects our appetite and informs the brain when it’s time to have a bite. However, nowadays we got into the trap of overconsumption: smell, sound and advertising which all make us eat even we are not hungry. This also affects our eating habits. Anyway, our appetite changes with aging as well. Our lives are divided into seven stages that illustrate the differences of our relationship with food. Knowing this might help fighting against a few main the twenty first century issues: overconsumption, obesity and eating disorders. The first decade, 0-10 In th...

Millennials are poorer than previous generations

Each generation has their standards of living. Millennials aren’t an exception. Even though their economic situation is discussed aloud as the most challenging, there are some reasons for this. University loans and the coinciding debts (especially in USA), the outcomes of the latest recession, higher expenses towards housing and living costs, excessively competitive job markets, etc. don’t make their life easier. Let’s take a closer look at the financial situation of millennials.  The fundamentals Millennials are people between 18 and 35 years old, also known as generation Y. It’s the largest and most powerful consumer generation (1.8 billion) surpassing Baby Boomers (1.1 billion). These young adults have totally different habits of buying, spending, and saving. This generation grew ...