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5 Holiday Traditions to Adopt this Season

I used to think I was crazy for wanting to sing Christmas carols in July. Turns out, carols used to not be just Christmas related; although they weren’t “All I Want for Christmas Is You”, they were originally pagan songs meant to be sung at solstices. Who’d have thought? Luckily I grew out of that(…)


8 No-Nos to Avoid Doing in Germany

Gestures, hand signals, and body language can be a minefield for the uninitiated and a potential cause for misunderstandings and offence when visiting a different culture.  Many societies attach meanings to a range of actions, and you do not want to fall foul of good manners and make a slip when in Germany.  Whether you(…)


Minding Your Manners Around the World

We’re all raised told what is or isn’t acceptable in polite company, so that when we’re fully grown we don’t really think about all the little things we do (or don’t do) that are considered polite or rude. It’s not until you have to learn to mind your manners in another culture that you realise(…)