After a lovely cultural event we all (a group of 10) stepped into an Ethiopian restaurant. A kitchen I had not experienced before. After ordering, our food was served on, one huge round metal plate from which we were to eat together with our hands. Culture clash I was taken aback, not because of having […]
Chain of command In the Nepali culture in Nepal there exists a complex from of hierarchical layer in almost every community. There is a hierarchical layer in the society, in the economic status of a person or family, the age, your position in the family relation, religion, ethnicity and the cast system. And to make […]
Child marriage not to a person but to a fruit and again to the Sun is as much a modern day common practice among the Newar ethnic group of Nepal. This is a tradition that has been handed down from generations. Ihi Ihi (pronounced Ehee) in which pre-adolescent girls are married to the Bael fruit, […]
“How much are you asking for that second hand doll?” “Three Euros” “I will give you two” “Done” Permit-free trade Soon the streets will be a-bustling with people young and old in all the cities and towns in The Netherlands. As they walk along inspecting the second hand goods for sale at the flea-market. As […]
“Oh, it is cold..” “It is raining… hailing…” “No, there is a blizzard…” “It is too expensive due to the tax raise since 2019…” No more excuses Here is something I would like to share with you that I have been relying on since the last ten years. With visible impact and result. Above all […]
“Is this some kind of a sick joke? They gave us shoes as gift, how insulting!’ “It is not just shoes, the wooden clogs are famous in The Netherlands. These clogs are actually pen holders which have been hand painted as well.” “Who cares, a shoe is a shoe and you cannot disguise that fact…” […]
How the Dutch share good news is my blog on the website of I am Expat click here to read the blog.
“Being an expat is not easy…I just won my battle of depression after a decade of struggle…”
“I am an expat who has struggled with depression..”
“I have recently recovered from …”
These are a few of the posts I came across in face book recently.
‘So when you are communicateing via a letter or an e-mail then you just begin with the matter at hand. Like, you have not yet paid the bills, in the first sentence. The idea is to catch the attention of the reader. Then you go on to explain why, how and the rest of the […]