• 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
  • The impact of selfies in Hong Kong

    Selfies - they are seemingly everywhere in modern societies. You only have to go to a tourist hotspot or a concert to find yourself battling through the millions of arms (or worse - selfie sticks)...
    Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
  • Hosting – one of the fam or treated like a king?

    One of the first cultural differences I experienced overseas was the difference in how guests are treated and welcomed into someone's home. In Australia, if someone wants to make you feel really welcome, they say...
    Monday, July 3rd, 2017
  • What happened to June?

    GONE FISHIN' Image Source: Unsplash, Boriskin Vladislav Just a quick update on life around Collaborative Bridges. It's hard to believe I haven't put ANY posts up in the month of June, but there are a...
    Tuesday, June 20th, 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
  • 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
  • Cleanliness is next to…?

    When thinking about cross-cultural communication, I bet you don't think "how clean are they?" or "how clean am I?"...and if you do, that's....unusual 😉 BUT concepts of cleanliness can have an impact on communication in...
    Monday, March 27th, 2017
  • App Review: Hopper

    Today's post is for the travelers who like to get a bargain - aka everyone. 😊 I just discovered an app called Hopper and am already loving it. Basically, it uses historical data to predict...
    Monday, February 20th, 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