The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 4 – Smashing Stereotypes

Ah, good old stereotypes. Can't live with 'em, can't live without em. In the latest episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I'm musing with a few travel buddies about stereotypes and how travelling can help us to smash them! Of course, not every stereotype is terrible (I give an example myself in … [Read more...]

5 things I didn’t expect in Bangkok (and 3 I did)

Apparently, it's the year of surprises. Having travelled to a few Asian cities before, I had some fairly set expectations for Bangkok. Crazy busy chaos was basically what I thought awaited me - along with some delicious food and fun people. But just like Iceland did, Bangkok decided to serve … [Read more...]

5 more funny mistakes foreigners make in Germany

Ah, Germany. The land of long lists of rules and home to 80 million devoted rule-followers. The rules are one of the reasons I love Germany, but as you may remember from last year's post on the 5 funniest mistakes foreigners make in Germany, the abundance of rules does lead to a high number of … [Read more...]

#mylocalworld – discovering how other people’s everyday worlds look

The celebrations for Not A Ballerina's tenth birthday continue and for April, I'm holding a photo-a-day challenge - #mylocalworld. The idea is that readers and followers from all around the world can share an image a day during April, following the topics below, so that we can all build up a … [Read more...]

Sentimental memories of Japan, and Halfway Home by Christine Mari Inzer

A book about Japan? A really cute book with drawings and comics about Japan, drawn by a teenager? I am totally in! As soon as I heard about Halfway Home: Drawing My Way Through Japan by Christine Mari Inzer, I knew I'd love it and would be reminiscing about my own time in Japan - two of the most … [Read more...]

All the stuff I’ve learnt about Korean culture

Last month at the library a book called The birth of Korean cool practically jumped into my hands off the "new and noteworthy" shelves. I have been fascinated with Korean culture from my very first encounter - I can't even quite explain why, but I find it so interesting that I just have to … [Read more...]

Guest post: 5 things my daughter is getting out of living abroad (whether she likes it or not)

It's pretty rare for me to feature a guest post here but when Tim Leffel contacted me I knew it'd be a good one. I've followed Tim's work for years and I know he has a lot of great ideas about living abroad and that we think alike on how huge the benefits are. He's currently living in Guanajuato, … [Read more...]

The funniest 5 mistakes foreigners make in Germany

Germany is a wonderful place to live and I thoroughly enjoyed my three years there: it's an organised place, they have great beer and long summer nights, they are experts at Christmas, and so much more. However, one thing most foreigners soon realise is that there are quite a lot of rules in … [Read more...]

Do you really like green tea? Lessons from Japan and meeting the locals

Everyone who knows me well in person knows that I like green tea. Some of my best friends (and yes, this is probably a criteria you need to satisfy to become one of my best friends) buy green tea especially so that they can offer it to me when I visit them. (Love you guys.) But the other day someone … [Read more...]

Unexpected cultural differences: How do you wash your dishes in your country?

I love that chatting with people from other countries can lead to bizarre revelations about cultural differences that you never realised could be an issue at all. And I have to tell you, of the many such conversations I've had over the years, nothing has struck quite so many chords as the whole " … [Read more...]