There's nothing like the holidays to bring out the best -- or the worst -- in you when you're living overseas. If you're lonely, disoriented, or homesick, holidays can make you feel much worse. If you're enjoying your life, holidays can be a lot of fun. But guess what? That can happen when … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving Traditions — Are they the Same Overseas?
Where in the World Do Employees Get the Most Time Off?
According to a survey by Mercer, it's not who you might think! By looking at a country's statutory annual leave, statutory holidays and public holidays, they compiled a list of where employees get the most time off. One caveat: it's based on what an employee working a five-day week for 10 years is … [Read more...] about Where in the World Do Employees Get the Most Time Off?
The Holiday: Expat Movie Review
Well, it’s not exactly an expat movie, although various characters do travel to and stay in other countries. But it’s a sweet Christmas-time romantic comedy, so I thought it worthy of a review at this sentimental time of year. It also features an unusual character – the Home Exchange website, a … [Read more...] about The Holiday: Expat Movie Review
Cinco de Mayo and Other Ethnic Holidays
Why do Americans celebrate other folks' holidays with such glee? St. Patrick's Day is a biggie here, as is Cinco de Mayo. Other national or ethnic holidays that we seem to enjoy are Oktoberfest and Chinese New Year. Is there anything these all have in common? Do we just like grabbing other folks' … [Read more...] about Cinco de Mayo and Other Ethnic Holidays