Book recommendation: German men sit down to pee

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This book is about the funny oddities and cultural differences of expat life in Germany – mostly from an anglophone point of view. It’s the perfect read if you are an expat in Germany or if your partner is German. It’ll help you understand “zhe Germanz” and will surely make you laugh out loud. In fact, every German should read it – and it’ll be even more fun if you’ve lived abroad. 😉

Here are 6 good reasons why you should read this book:…

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4 insights into overseas work mentalities

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Living and working in foreign countries is a funny thing. We hop on a 2h flight across Europe and think we are aware and respectful about cultural differences or that at least we will learn to adapt shortly. But do we really?
I recently joined a French company here in Spain to work for their German team which made me think about differences in working mentalities: I have worked in international teams across 7 countries over the past 15 years and definitely find some mentalities easier to work with than others. Take meeting styles as an example. In my opinion …

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Barcelona inspires expats – Why you should be networking

Barcelona is working hard on attracting talent through multinationals and research projects and by promoting itself as the ideal open-minded international city with California lifestyle and start-up creativity in Europe.

“Talent attracts capital far more effectively than capital attracts talent”

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Last Thursday Barcelona Global hosted its third Hola Barcelona Networking Event at the beautiful Palauet Albéniz at Montjuic: a beautiful, exclusive location that strikes me as miniature Paris Versailles with breath-taking views over the city and the National Art Museum of Catalonia in its background.…

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Lonely expat: How do you handle loneliness?

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Expat life sounds exciting and adventurous to most people. We get to experience different ways of life and to learn about new countries, cultures and mentalities. It truly is exciting! Especially the first six months are filled with thrilling excitement and discoveries about the “new” life while relocation and general adjustment keep us busy. During that time we may go through a rollercoaster of emotions. And when it finally gets a bit quieter and find a routine, we may feel a little lonely sometimes.

Even after 10 years of living abroad a feeling of isolation comes and goes in steady …

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Free online education? A glimpse on studying internationally.

How are your New Year resolutions holding up? I decided 2015 should be about personal progress and investing time in further education. And yes, we can do it all, even on a budget. I actually begin to think online courses are a great opportunity, especially for expats and long term travellers to pick up certificates on the way. Here are three opportunities for you.

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How do you feel about leaving your comfort zone?

Traveling for a gap year or moving to a new country often means leaving our comfort zone. We never know what exactly it will be like. We might leave behind a safe job, a partner, family and friends for an unknown period of time. Everything is open and will probably turn out differently than we think it might.

 

Check out this awesome video, and feel free to share how you felt before a major imminent trip or expat posting.…

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It’s my year of the three wise monkeys. Do you buy art as a souvenir?

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I am starting the New Year with positive intentions and with this new painting in my office. It’s inspired by the three wise monkeys of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”.
To me it links to Buddhist tradition and the proverb of not dwelling on negative thoughts which is in line with my interest in NLP and Positive Psychology. (I also think it perfectly expresses that Monday morning feeling when you switch on your computer 😉 )

It made me think that pictures can be resourceful to expats and travellers and are probably one of the best …

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