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Whither Weather

With a few weeks left until Christmas, many are probably looking forward to the vaunted winter wonderland of white. After all: Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. And since we have no place to go, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It

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Living the Life


Every culture celebrates special occasions and holidays and whether secular or religious, these celebrations come with their own set of rituals and traditions. In the United States, Thanksgiving is arguably the biggest holiday and associated with many rites that can surprise and give expats

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Living the Life

Culture of One

Culture can be thought of as a set of behaviors or beliefs distinct to a group, and so trick or treating on All Hallows’ Eve, burning effigies for Guy Fawkes’ Day, Black Friday and/or Boxing Day shopping. Cuisine is definitely cultural as cooking styles and ingredient staples differ and religion or traditions have shaped celebrations and holidays all over the world. But where do these cultural behaviors come from? how do they get so ingrained that they become the expected and the normal?

Some cultural differences can be attributed to location and/or isolation. People living near the coasts are more likely

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City Essentials

City Sights and Sites

Every city has famous places, historic monuments and storied neighborhoods. These are usually the traditional tourist draws where the buses and the crowds stop to take the photos and record the moment that “X was here”. However, cities are not static, they are reflections of people who live, work and visit. For those with the time, meandering may be the best way to absorb the flavors of the city. Many city sights and sites are temporary or off the beaten track. Discovering them will become part of your city lore.


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