What else? September 7, 2018

Happy Friday, expat spouse! Time for a weekly round-up of interesting articles floating around the internet. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday.

The power of positive thinking

If you’ve followed this blog for a while you know how much I adore podcasts. I mean, what’s not to love? They’re so easy to listen to while you’re in the grocery store, gym or coffee shop. In “How I got into College“, produced by This American Life, the admissions process for elite schools is examined.

The hour-long episode focuses on the story of Emir Kamenica, a Bosnian refugee who fled to America during the war. He faced many of the same struggles of an expat: language difficulties, cultural clashes, etc. but ultimately became very successful. It turns out that his positive perspective likely had a big impact on the path his life took. (This American Life)

Solving the problem of Over-tourism

Scotland is the most recent country to face the realities of over-tourism, but it won’t be the last. I know it’s tempting to visit destinations trending on Instagram, but do your research before you book. If you want to be part of the solution the folks at NOMADasaurus have 7 suggestions for you. (NOMADasaurus)

Breakfast by Babish

Many people describe breakfast as the most important meal of the day, and I agree. It doesn’t matter which continent you live on or country you live in, we all have to eat. And it isn’t surprising to learn that the definition of “breakfast” varies widely around the world.

Consuming a balanced, nutritious meal sets the tone for the day and keeps your mind sharp. This week on Binging with Babish you can learn how to prepare a Full English breakfast suitable for Daniel Day-Lewis. Just a head’s up -- it’s pretty challenging! (Binging with Babish)

What else? August 31, 2018

Happy Friday, expat spouse! Time for our weekly round-up of articles I’ve found on the internet. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday.

Over-tourism causes headaches 

The travel world’s abuzz with the emerging problem of “over-tourism”, especially in popular European hot spots. Recently, Scotland became the latest victim to experience growing pains as visitor numbers continue to rise. (BBC News)

Lonely expats looking for support

Earlier this month a new expat arrived in Germany from Canada in order to start work at my husband’s company. Thankfully, he didn’t make the transition alone and soon his wife will accompany him. As all seasoned expats can attest, going through the journey with a partner doesn’t protect you from occasionally feeling alone. Don’t forget that it’s normal to feel this way and that it won’t last forever. Keep working towards finding new friends and building your support system. And try to bloom where you’re planted! (I Am Expat)

Return of GBBO

Guess which delightful cookery program started again this week?! Only my absolute favourite show The Great British Bake Off – Season 9! Get ready to watch a new batch of bakers battle it out for Star Baker! This week is Biscuit Week. Happy baking! (Good Housekeeping)

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What else? August 24, 2018

Happy Friday, expat spouse! Time for our weekly round-up of articles I’ve found on the internet. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday.

Cinque Terre hiking tips

Last week I wrote about writing a German-centric bucket list, which I think was a great start. Yes, start. What about the rest of Europe!? I’d like to spend more time in Italy, but I’d prefer to go off the traditional tourist track. Have you ever gone hiking in Cinque Terre? Lately I’ve noticed a large number of photos on instagram that capture the area’s unique natural beauty. Time to add it to the list! But before I go, I’ll be reading this helpful guide from Monkeys and Mountains. (Monkeys and Mountains Adventure Travel)

Stay in luxury: review of the Kuala Lumpur Sofitel

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I love staying at Sofitel. I actually love the brand so much I’ve planned to buy a luxury bed set from their online store! While I’m busy saving my pennies, check out Pink Lemonade’s recent review of her stay in Kuala Lumpur. (Pink Lemonade)

When it’s time to say goodbye

A common topic among expat spouses is how to rebuild your social network when you move to a new country. But what about when your contract is up and it’s time to leave? Saying “goodbye” is the hardest word, but it doesn’t always have to be the end of a friendship. The folks over at Making Here Home posted a thoughtful article on how it feels to say Au revoir. (Making Here Home)

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What else? August 17, 2018

Happy Friday, expat spouse! Time for our weekly round-up of articles I’ve found on the internet. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday.

Overexposure of Canadian national parks

In today’s modern digital world it’s never been easier to geotag your photos and share them with the internet. But does that mean you should? With landscape photography increasing in popularity on instagram Parks Canada would like you to reconsider posting your exact location. (CBC News)

The history of British fish & chips & vinegar

Have you ever been to London? I’ve been lucky to go several times during our time as expats. In my opinion, you can’t leave without at least one meal of fish, chips and tartar sauce. But have you ever wondered how it became a staple of the British food culture? In 3 minutes this adorable video produced by BBC explains the colourful history of the salty treat. (BBC News)

Time for a German Bucket List

Do you have a Bucket List? I don’t but I’ve decided to write one for myself. I’ve thought of narrowing the scope and focusing on Germany specific goals. However, I don’t know where to start! I’ve lived in this country for 18 months but there’s still so much to see and do. Luckily, the folks over at Let The Journey Begin recently published a Top 10 list full of great ideas. (Let The Journey Begin)

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What else? August 10, 2018

Happy Friday, expat spouse! Time for our weekly round-up of articles I’ve found on the internet. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday.

When a sports superstar becomes an overnight expat

Last month the World Cup captivated football viewers across the globe. Unfortunately for us and our host country, the defending champions Team Germany, found themselves eliminated in the first round. Watching professional football players represent their countries made me think about their lives as expats. How do they adjust to life in a new country under the pressures of performance expectations and astronomical salaries? (CNN Sports)

Which passport should I use? Pros and cons of dual nationality

I have a friend and she has two passports, one for France and one for the United States of America. Born in the USA to a French mother and an American father granted her the right to dual nationality. Over the years we’ve had many conversations about identity and I’ve asked her when she feels more French or American. Her answer usually changes depending on the context but one thing remains the same: it’s complicated. (Expatriates Magazine)

Off to the movies: A look at the not-so-fictional lives of Crazy Rich Asians 

My dream is to one day visit Singapore. The wealth, opulence and extravagance of the fashionably modern country is something I’d like to experience in person. But as long as I live in Germany I don’t know if we’ll make the 13 hour journey anytime soon! In the meantime an analysis of  the more-fact-than-fiction Young family featured in Crazy Rich Asians will have to do. (Bloomberg)

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What else? August 3, 2018

Happy Friday, expat spouse! Time for our weekly round-up of articles I’ve found on the internet. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday.

Strawberry season in Margaritaville

It was Jimmy Buffet who first sang about the idylic land of  Margaritaville. And when the weather warms up, reaching for a cold, frozen drink is a satisfying way to cool down. With summer around the corner, rising temperatures and fresh strawberries in season try blending a tasty strawberry margarita this weekend. (David Lebovitz)

Hamburg on board with (partial) diesel ban

For every three cars on the road in Germany, at least one has a diesel engine. And until 2015, these diesel automobiles had a reputation for being an eco-friendly alternative to gasoline.

But then the Volkswagen emissions scandal happened, and the government accused the company of falsifying data. The real figures revealed that burning diesel fuel actually resulted in the release of high levels of toxic nitrogen oxide. And across Europe this pollution contributed to 400,000 premature deaths annually.

This week Hamburg officials decided that enough was enough. And as of May 31, 2018 they’ll be the first city in Europe to bad diesel drivers on select roads. (CNN Money)

How reliable is your memory?

Last week I wrote about memory recall thorough music, smells and other sensory reminders. My strongest connection is audible, pairing memories with songs or sounds. For this reason, it’s impossible to hear Nancy Sinatra sing “These boots are made for walking” without thinking of Austria. Almost immediately my brain lights up with vivid memories of the Großglockner high-alpine road and a macho motorcyclist.

But what if my memory of that day is different from the actual way it happened? Something to think about. Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus explores the idea of false memories from the TED stage.

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What else? July 27, 2018

Happy Friday, expat spouse! Time for our weekly round-up of articles I’ve found on the internet. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday.

 Apple tarts in Paris

I love sugar. I love fruit. And I love pastry. And anyone who combines all three into a delicious dessert is a genius. I’m beginning to salivate just thinking about it. Yum!

Paris is famous for buttery croissants and airy macaroons, but that’s not the only item patisseries have on offer. Next time you’re in the City of Light, consider foregoing another chocolate éclair in favour of a classic apple tart. Located in the 5th arrondissement, Philippe Teillet serves up a slice of award-winning Americana. (David Lebovitz)

Riding a cable car to work

The Swiss Alps may be beautiful, but have you ever considered their accessibility? Reaching the famous peaks, valleys and pistes is no small task. Between the snow, ice and nose-bleed elevations most tourists prefer to stay in well-serviced resort towns.

However, the local residents who call the smaller mountain villages “home” year-round know how to commute. With an inventive spirit they’ve built functional transportation lines where no roads exist. (BBC)

Helpful gardening tips

In my free time I love to cook. And years of experimenting in the kitchen taught me how fresh herbs can elevate any sub-par meal. Do you pronounce the “h”? Huh-urb! Sounds silly. I tend to silence it. Anyways …I’ve tried many times to grow an herb garden in my apartment, but can’t keep any plants alive. Maybe these gardening tips could help? (Buzzfeed)

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What else? July 20, 2018

Happy Friday, expat spouse! Time for our weekly round-up of articles I’ve found on the internet. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday.

Helping hungry stray dogs in Turkey

It’s no longer a secret that Istanbul is a world-class city. Thanks to it’s fascinating culture where ‘East meets West’, it’s often featured on “Best of” travel lists. Most tourists visit Istanbul for its ancient history, but lately its also earning attention for unique socially conscious solutions.

In 2014, Smart Recycling Boxes appeared in the city centre. The Cleverly designed machines were built to recycle cans and bottles, dispensing a “payment” of dog food. This unconventional arrangement aimed to clean-up plastics and waste while service the needs of man’s furry friends. The success of the campaign provided  nourishment for 150,000 stray dogs known to wander the famous Turkish streets. (Spiegel)

Showing appreciation of our Veterans in Canada

During WWII Canada helped to liberate the Netherlands and ever since we’ve enjoyed friendly relations between the two countries. Although the war ended more than 70 years ago, the appreciation of the Dutch people remains strong. And since the Dutch are famous for their floral blooms, it’s only fitting that they demonstrate their gratitude through flowers. And each spring Canadian Veterans receive a traditional bouquet as a symbol of thanks for their life-saving efforts. (Veteran’s Affairs)

Sending thoughtful emails to trees in Australia

With the Great Barrier Reef to the east and Bungle Bungle Ranges to the west, Australia is a land of otherworldly landscapes. Preserving the native flora and fauna is always a priority for the locals. When the people of Melbourne noticed that their regional trees were in decline, they decided to do something about it. Enter technology. What started as a system to notify city workers about problems, became a way for citizens to send personal messages. (BBC News)

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