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Grounded Traveler: How not to feel overwhelmed as an expat

Grounded Traveler: How not to feel overwhelmed as an expat

9 December 2014   0 comments
Adjusting to all the 'newness' abroad can leave any expat feeling overwhelmed. American expat Andrew Couch offers advice for coping with the expat sensory overload.
Samichlaus and Schmutzli

Samichlaus and Schmutzli 2 December 2014

Naughty or nice? American expat Alane Kataria-Rennie writes about Samichlaus (the Swiss version of St. Nicolas) and his spooky sidekick Schmutzli.
Unfold Conflicts: Cultural differences in the silence department

Unfold Conflicts: Cultural differences in the silence depart... 26 November 2014

What happens when two Italians, a Greek, a Belgian and many Dutch catch the same train? Plenty of awkward moments, as Louise Dancet found out.
Diccon Bewes: Switzerland is happy!

Diccon Bewes: Switzerland is happy! 19 November 2014

The colourful variety of Swiss dance videos to Pharrel Williams' song 'Happy' reveal Switzerland's 'happiness' around the cantons.
Xenophobe's® Guides: A life of Swiss regulation

Xenophobe's® Guides: A life of Swiss regulation 12 November 2014

Swiss laws and regulations can make living in Switzerland seem restrictive, but it has become an ingrained part of the Swiss way of life.

Bilingual Family: Passing on a mother's tongue

3 November 2014
Raising bilingual families means a 'mother tongue' and a 'mother's tongue' are not always the same. Teaching both preserves a part of family history and unity, as Annika discovered.

Diccon Bewes: Kiss me, I’m Swiss

22 October 2014
Diccon Bewes explains Swiss greetings and how to navigate them.
Let’s get physical: Europe and public displays of affection

Let’s get physical: Europe and public displays of affection 8 October 2014

Europeans have vastly different 'langauges of love' - what's the social norm for public and private intimacy where you live?
Being Multilingual: Multilingual rudeness

Being Multilingual: Multilingual rudeness 30 September 2014

Linguist Madalena Cruz-Ferreira discusses how attempts at 'multilingual rudeness' can go astray without learning the other vital clues associated with language.
101 Ways to Enjoy Living Abroad: Moving abroad

101 Ways to Enjoy Living Abroad: Moving abroad 22 September 2014

Want to learn how to feel at home in a foreign country, whether you're there for a weekend, a year, or a lifetime? Then this guide is for you.
Xenophobe's® Guides: Swiss character

Xenophobe's® Guides: Swiss character 17 September 2014

The Swiss tendancy to be pessimistic means that they are inevitably prepared for any situation.
Unfold Conflicts: Dealing with cultural conflicts at work

Unfold Conflicts: Dealing with cultural conflicts at work 16 September 2014

Louise Dancet discusses how cultural differences can easily lead to conflicts at work, and how expats can avoid cultural clashes in a multicultural work environment.
I was an expat wife: Why being a Third Culture Kid sucks (sometimes)

I was an expat wife: Why being a Third Culture Kid sucks (so... 9 September 2014

Growing up abroad opens many doors but, as Maria Foley discusses, living between cultures isn't always the easiest path.
Diccon Bewes: Everyday sexism in Switzerland

Diccon Bewes: Everyday sexism in Switzerland 3 September 2014

Would you like a 'Madame' or 'Monsieur' portion? Diccon Bewes highlights examples of Swiss sexism that linger in everyday life.
Expat Stories: Karen Herzog on life in Switzerland

Expat Stories: Karen Herzog on life in Switzerland 2 September 2014

After 19 years of living in Switzerland, Karen Herzog shares some insight into what she would change about life in Switzerland.

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