Noodles and Pasta around the World: International Recipes to Discover

For all of you who aren’t planning on cutting carbs in the new year, we have good news! In the US, National Spaghetti Day is celebrated on 4 January:  it’s inspired us to get our chef hats on and find out which stringy, starchy dish is a favorite in various countries. Japan’s Culinary Revolution The […]

The Best Places Worldwide to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

Waiting for the famous Times Square Ball in NYC to drop at 23:59 or for London’s Big Ben to strike the hour is certainly a fun way to start the new year, but there may be other destinations better suited to your personal preferences. While it’s probably a tad too late to book a spontaneous […]

6 Ways to Celebrate Midsummer Like the Locals

Up in the Northern Hemisphere, the sky is blue, the days are getting longer, and we can finally enjoy fresh strawberries from the farmer’s markets. The longest days of the year are happening right now, and particularly in Scandinavia, where the sun barely sets, the summer solstice or midsummer celebrations are a big deal and […]

Five Favorite Sorts of Street Food and Their Stories

Food is more than the sum of its ingredients, a mere source of nutrients — even more than the glorious experience of enjoying a delicious snack on the go. The smell and taste of our favorite dishes often trigger powerful memories. A whiff of a particular aroma takes us back to moments we thought all […]

Fireworks, Tinsel, and Lights — The Holiday Season Is Upon Us

For those of us who follow the Gregorian calendar, the last few weeks of this year are finally here. December is a month rife with various holidays, traditions, and hopes for a relaxed end-of-the-year vacation. Our Ambassadors and Consuls have been swept away by the holiday cheer, too, and have organized a lot of great […]

Around the World in Seven Unique Holidays

Every culture — not to mention every family — has their own holiday traditions, and some are well worth knowing. Not only is it fun to read up on various festivities worldwide, but it can also save you from being caught off guard abroad: Imagine visiting a peaceful Austrian town in early December only to […]

Zombies, Lights, and Turkey — Holidays in November

For most of us, December is the month of holiday celebrations. After all, it is the last month of the year (according to the Gregorian calendar at least) and the time when people all around the world celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, St. Lucia’s Day, Pancha Ganapati, or Winter Solstice, to name just a few. However, the […]

In Honor of Halloween: Haunted Places round the Globe

Halloween lurks around the corner! Around the world, the creepiest of celebrations is primarily a tradition for expatriates from the US and Canada. In many places, the festival is quickly gaining in popularity as an import from American pop culture — mostly among teens who appreciate any excuse for costume parties or horror movie nights. […]

My InterNations: Ramadan Kareem from Togo to Uzbekistan

For many of our members (just like for 1.6 billion people around the globe), the month of Ramadan is now in full swing. Adherents of the world’s second-largest faith are observing the traditional 29 days of fasting in the Islamic calendar. We would like to highlight this occasion by sharing some of the various stories, […]

Santa on a Surfboard? Christmas on the Other Side of the Globe

’tis the season! In the spirit of the holiday season, our new guest author Viara fondly remembers her first Christmas as an expat “Down Under”… When it comes to Christmas, being born and raised in Europe means we grew up with the traditional imagery of Santa on a sleigh, flying through the winter clouds to […]