Blog Archive

30.07.2014
Be wary of Shanghai’s taxi drivers. They have an innate greed for money and as you generally have no idea where you are or where you are going they will as standard take you the long way around anywhere. A sub note here for your is there have been increasing cases of registered taxis putting electric motors into the odometers to speed them up so...
28.07.2014
We wanted most of the building work finished by May 8th but May 8th is a national holiday to celebrate 1945, the day the Germans left Prague. Despite the holiday, Radka’s father managed to get some of his employees to work here and the well digging was completed, the cement work on the terrace was also finished. We found a landfill site and the...
21.07.2014
On the Easter Monday I went with Radka's family to Skupec to be presented to the rest of the family at her grandmother’s. Her aunt and uncle were also there and I was shown around the family farm. This took an hour and a lot of driving as her uncle seems to own half of Bohemia. His grain silos alone can fill 75 large wagons. He has 100 geese, 25,...
18.07.2014
You notice a solitary box of kara-age perching vulnerably on a shelf, inclining forwards seductively and glistening at you in all of its greasy glory, and you can't hold yourself back any longer. Your hand shakes with emotion as you reach out for it...and grab that top-pocket Kleenex to mop up the cascade of tears speeding down the crevices of...
16.07.2014
Moving abroad can be a daunting prospect, especially for first time emigrants - and this big step can seem even more challenging when young family members are involved. For those of you preparing to take the leap, we’ve compiled some sound advice to give you peace of mind during this transitional period. The stresses placed on you and your family...
14.07.2014
With the recent economic problems suffered by some countries, there have been opportunities to purchase properties in those countries at very cheap prices, either because the current owners wish to sell quickly, or because a bank that originally lent to the original owner has had to repossess the property due to non-repayment of a debt.  On first...
11.07.2014
Planning a bilingual education I am often asked whether planning is important. Some would tell me that yes of course, you should, others would think it is not necessary, you should let things happen. Before planning, I think that the first thing to do it to take the decision of raising your own children with one or more languages. It is an...
10.07.2014
Warning over electronic devices   Passengers flying into or out of the USA or UK must ensure their electronic devices are fully charged. New checks require travellers to turn on their device when going through security over fears that terrorists have developed ‘stealth’ bombs that can be hidden in devices such as phones, laptops and even hair...
09.07.2014
The B&B was a company structure and I wanted to buy out my business partner. She needed to buy an apartment in Karlovy Vary nearby and so I went to Prague to see a lawyer, the brother of Radka’s father, to structure a sale agreement. The lawyer was in his fifties, grey haired, rotund with a huge moustache. He obviously enjoyed life and...
07.07.2014
It seems simple, right? Live your life – if you need money, go earn money. If you want to travel, go travel. But in reality, it’s often a lot more complex – we want money AND travel. We want freedom AND predictability. If you aren’t sure (or want a little bit of both), here’s a summer suggestion that fills the “useful + fun + travel” urge. Outward...
04.07.2014
Saudi Arabia is one of the Arabic countries that give paramount importance to its culture and religious beliefs. In fact, the country has never been able to detach its tradition from any facet of life. Religion, an underlying principle in the life of an individual inhabiting Saudi Arabia, has played a pivotal role in leaving a deep impact on the...