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History of Valentine's Day

The tragic, unromantic history of Valentine’s Day

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The true meaning of Valentine's Day takes a different light when you learn the history of Valentine's Day. Who was St Valentine anyhow? Here we look at Valentine's Day around the world.

Halloween All Saints Day

The truth about Halloween you didn't know

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Have candy, costumes and commercialisation distracted us from the true meaning of Halloween? Here are some Halloween facts you should know before putting on your Halloween costume.

How to flirt: a European guide

How to flirt: a European guide

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The French flatter; the Brits are crass. So says a social anthropologist in this review on cross-cultural flirting techniques in Europe.

Enjoy Living Abroad: We'll always have Lisbon

Enjoy Living Abroad: We'll always have Lisbon

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Karen McCann follows the 'Casablanca' trail in Lisbon, where refugees, political fugitives, and exiled royalty from all over Europe converged in hopes of getting passage to the New World.

Unfold Conflicts: Integrating a new culture

Unfold Conflicts: Integrating a new culture

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Is true integration possible? Louise Dancet explains how different cultural habits can leave expats feeling offended, and how to overcome this.

Being Multilingual: Multilingual rudeness

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Linguist Madalena Cruz-Ferreira discusses how attempts at 'multilingual rudeness' can go astray without learning the other vital clues associated with language.

Legendary stories behind Chinese New Year

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The Year of the Dragon begins on 23 January 2012. Chinese expat Xian brings you three insider stories about the biggest celebration of the year.

Folar: A traditional Portuguese Easter bread

Folar: A traditional Portuguese Easter bread

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Blogger and foodie Piglet in Portugal outlines the history behind this unique bread and shares a local recipe.

Still feeling strange about kissing strangers?

Still feeling strange about kissing strangers?

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Former expat Maria Foley describes the five W's of European kissing culture.



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