• Dynastic Politics – What & Where

    Recently I read a fascinating book called "Love & Death in Kathmandu", which detailed the story of Nepal's royal family, including their relationship to the Prime Ministers, who at one point almost held the royals...
    Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
  • Personal Space – how close is too close?

    Have you ever encountered someone who just stood that little bit too close to you during a conversation? You may try to subtly retreat, but they keep up with you. The hairs on the back...
    Monday, July 17th, 2017
  • 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
  • My first ramen experience…

    Today's a short but tasty post. Last week I got the opportunity to have ramen for the first time in Sydney (I know...I must have been living under a rock to not have tried it...
    Monday, May 8th, 2017
  • Don’t let a good crisis go to waste

    The title of today's blog post is one of my favourite quotes at the moment - and one I think the world needs more than ever. If you have a look at the news on...
    Monday, May 1st, 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
  • How do you eat cake?

    Cake - we all love it, we all eat it. What on earth does it have to do with a cross-cultural blog? Well firstly, it's on my mind as it was my birthday yesterday 😊...
    Monday, April 17th, 2017
  • “Where are you from?”

    "It's complicated." That's an answer that is becoming more frequent in our globalised world. Many people are born in one country, grow up in another, then move to yet another in their adult life -...
    Monday, April 10th, 2017
  • Communicating without words

    Last week I read this article on Fluent in 3 Months about how the author communicated on a train in India when he didn't speak the language at all. It really reminded me of the...
    Monday, January 30th, 2017