Where is home?

Jun 10, 2016 |
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Worldwide, almost 250 million people live outside their native country. “For more and more of us, home has really less to do with a piece of soil than with a piece of soul,” says Pico Iyer. Liberation Iyer, a well-known travel writer, addressed the question of ‘where is home’ during a captivating TED talk. It […]

New Rules for SOLAS

May 20, 2016 |
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As of July 1st of this year, the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea convention) container weight verification rule will come into effect, for any shipping container leaving from any port in the world. Therefore, starting that date, the requirement making container weight verification a condition for vessel loading will become legally binding. With this […]

How old is your husband?

Apr 29, 2016 |
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While living in a small town in Germany, Henkel expat partner and Mexican national Norma Holbach has met some wonderful people. But she has also encountered a lot of stereotypical thinking. Giving up her job After meeting her German partner in Mexico, Norma gave up her job to move to his homeland over 10 years […]

Baku and the Pedestrian’s Plight

Apr 22, 2016 |
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This week’s blog “Baku and the Pedestrian’s Plight,” is by Patrick Benedetti from AirInc – RES Forum Global Technical Partner for International Assignment Data While surveying Baku I stayed across from the Park Bulvar Mall, a popular shopping center. One of the first pieces of advice hotel staff gave me was to be sure to […]

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If you’re new to serviced apartments, you may think that having more space and kitchen facilities means you have to pay over the odds in comparison to an equivalent hotel room. Well, we’re happy to inform you that serviced apartments not only cost around the same rate per night as a hotel room, they actually […]

Money isn’t everything

Apr 1, 2016 |
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What is the best country in the world? You can’t tell by looking at Gross Domestic Product alone, say leading economists. Because GDP overlooks important factors like access to electricity, health, property rights, and religious tolerance. GDP ‘outdated’ “Take the Arab Spring. You had a bunch of countries who were performing really well economically, and […]

Battling Stereotypes

Mar 4, 2016 |
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Wherever you are, and whoever you are, you can be subjected to stereotyping. It might be your gender, your religion, or nationality – or being an expat partner. The stereotypical profile of an expat partner, for example, is often a wealthy female. She has a big house, maids and a nanny. While her husband works, […]

No Way Back Home

Feb 5, 2016 |
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Living abroad changes a person. But what if your home country changes beyond recognition while you are away? It happened to Zurich Insurance expat partner Ana Bizot. She feels there’s no way back to Venezuela. World-class fencer Ana is a former world-class fencer who won gold at the Pan American Games in 2001. She first […]

Staying busy eases return to work

Jan 8, 2016 |
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No regrets Mirjam had been working in HR management when her husband was offered a role by DSM in India. Although at first, she didn’t like the idea of abandoning her career, or losing her financial independence, she has never regretted the move. Her plan was always to keep working during the four-year posting: “I […]

Hash House Harriers

Dec 4, 2015 |
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Networking on the run Do you want to combine networking with some non-competitive running and plenty of humour? If so, the famously flippant and fun-loving Hash House Harriers (HHH) is the running club for you. Weekend excesses Originally founded in 1938 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, ‘hashing’ was invented by a group of British colonial officials […]

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