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31.01.2014
Based on Chinese legends and myths, the beginning of the Chinese new year started with a fight against the mythical beast known as "Nian" (the character for "year"). Nian would come on the first day of the New Year and eat the villagers’ crops, livestock, and even the children. In order to defend and protect themselves, the villages would offer...
30.01.2014
It is Chinese New Year (or Spring Festival) and this year we are celebrating the year of the horse!  It is one of the 12year cycle of animals in the Chinese zodiac.  My neighbours and Chengdu, China residents are busy cleaning their homes inside and out.  Mandarin orange trees, flowers, red lanterns, and good luck and good fortune signs are all...
27.01.2014
No matter how excited you may be at the prospect of the adventure ahead of you, taking the decision to move to live in a new country heralds a major life change. Some people adapt to their new surroundings more easily than others, but everyone is likely to experience some degree of personal disorientation, or Culture Shock, as they seek to adapt...
24.01.2014
So you’re looking to find an expat job abroad, or some kind of work opportunity overseas, but you have no idea where to begin. Google sometimes delivers varied results, and you want to be sure you’re getting a "legitimate" job before shipping yourself overseas to a big surprise, right? Here are some resources to help you get started: #1...
17.01.2014
Leuphana University, located in Lüneburg, Germany, is one of the most reputable and famous of the universities in Niedersachsen. Leuphana places particular attention on students' responsibility, curiosity and initiative, making these three basic principles form the central thread that guides its activities. The University invites motivated and...
13.01.2014
How do you take care of your family’s health when planning an assignment abroad? With all the planning involved in relocation, your to-do list can be overwhelming, as can the worry that you might forget something. When it comes to your family’s health, here are some tips to help you remember important items: 1. Get to know the health risks in...
06.01.2014
China – one of the world’s oldest civilizations, the world’s most populated country, and a country often misunderstood by expats. Some laws in China are often skirted or completely ignored, bribery is the quickest way to a Visa or Passport, and you can get just about anything (quicker) with money. So how is life for expats there? I’ll tell you a...
02.01.2014
I once worked for a German publisher here in the States. My bosses spoke in German to each other around us every day. When they offered us German tutoring at the office, early in the mornings before work, I jumped at the chance. The tutor spoke nothing but German to us, so it was sink or swim: learn the language or slap the notebook shut and give...