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Guest Blog: Book Review

Here you are – new place, new country, so much to do – now!  And you don’t even know how to ask what, when and how.  Your aim is to have a good life in this strange new place.  Learning the language can help you in that aim both in the short and longer term.  It helps you integrate with locals and earn their respect, meet other newcomers in the same situation as yourself, have a structure to your week and,...

Confessions of a GPS addict

I once left my office more than an hour early for a meeting that was technically a 15-minute drive away. I was in a new city; map on the dashboard and nerves carefully strapped under the seatbelt. Exactly one hour later I spotted my office to the left – like a lost dog I’d managed to sniff my way home. Through tear-blurred vision, I stubbornly tried again and found the building, just in time to watch my colleagues head...

“May you live in interesting times” – Lagos and Eb...

The first stop for passengers streaming off flights into Lagos is now a lectern manned by a friendly young woman. She asked me to shift my hair so she could aim her hand-held thermometer at my forehead. She looked at the display, smiled and waved me off. That was the only difference I noticed on arriving at the airport. After weeks of reading the news about the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, I had expected something...

Roots are like a laptop not a desktop

Traditionally, we use the metaphor of a tree to talk about having roots. In this sense, roots are grounded in earth in one specific place. Having ‘roots’, means belonging to one place, getting your nutrients from specific soil and standing strong because of the depth and breadth of the root system. But are our human roots really like the roots of plants? Human beings were nomadic long before they rooted themselves to one...

Is your glass half empty? Get a telescope

Watching Dutch news the other night there was a segment that went something like: There was a significant decrease in the number of holidays taken by Dutch people this year because of the financial crisis… The news presenter went on to give statistics on the decrease in flights and lower revenue in the tourism industry. This holiday season people are having to forgo travel and holiday plans; the belt tightening continues....
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