• Part 2/2: HOW to journal to help cultural adjustment

    Last week I wrote a post on why writing a journal can help you adjust into a new culture (or back into a familiar one if you've been away). The next obvious question is -...
    Monday, May 22nd, 2017
  • Part 1/2: WHY a journal can help you culturally adjust

    And no, you don't have to start it with "Dear Diary..." (though feel free). When you enter a new culture, or return to a familiar one after being away, there is a lot going on...
    Monday, May 15th, 2017
  • You can’t practise swimming without water

    Hofstede, the infamous grandfather of cross-cultural studies, said, "Studying culture without experiencing culture shock is like practising swimming without water." I think this guy tried to swim without water....Image Source: Gratisography Usually we think of culture...
    Monday, April 24th, 2017
  • #overwhelmed?

    When we're faced with stressful, confusing, frustrating or unknown situations, it can be very hard to comprehend everything that is going on. The feeling of being "overwhelmed" is definitely not a new one - and...
    Monday, February 13th, 2017
  • Beginning at the end

    When you travel overseas there is a decent amount of preparation to do. It can include booking flights, passports, visas, injections, packing, learning a bit of the language, researching the culture, knowing what electrical sockets...
    Sunday, January 31st, 2016
  • Dunbar’s number and cross-cultural ponderings

    Robin Dunbar is a renowned anthropologist. I was introduced to his most famous concept last year and it has been on my mind for a while. In essence, he hypothesised that people will tend to...
    Monday, January 18th, 2016
  • Challenges of diversity

    A while back I promised this post...so here it is :-) Along with the benefits of diversity, there are also some challenges. This list is not about being a downer, but simply increasing our awareness...
    Monday, June 16th, 2014
  • Routine

    So my job hunt is continuing...and continuing....and continuing. It is an interesting process. You are constantly putting yourself out there, trying to communicate who you are in an effective way and hoping they judge you...
    Thursday, May 1st, 2014
  • A Reflection on Culture Shock

    Culture shock is one of those theoretical words that is often used to forewarn people of the disorientation they might feel in a new place. However, I have found few people willing to admit that...
    Friday, July 26th, 2013