The Hybrid Existence of the Globally Mobile

Flying back to California after a visit home in December, my seatmate was a woman visiting her daughter and grandchildren over Christmas break. Like me, her daughter had lived abroad for many years and, like me, her daughter had recently bought…

Learning the Local Language – a Key to Social Adaptation

As a non-native English speaker, I have had my fair share of English language faux pas over the years. Mostly, the mistakes have been innocent and without great consequence, such as mispronouncing a word or messing up grammatically. There are…

Globiana's team share their holiday traditions

Globiana's staff hail from all over the world. Not only that, we reside in different parts of the world -- many of us far away from our native countries. The holiday season tends to remind us of traditions, foods and activities from home. Here…

Why books are my go-to gift

My grandmother used to always say that she felt sorry for those who didn’t read. She loved books and one of her favorite expressions was “you miss out on whole worlds if you don’t read”. She was right of course -- books have the ability…

Navigating multicultural life with multicultural kids

The other night, my high school aged daughter insisted we watch this Spanish TV-series she has gotten hooked on. She said it was really good and she wanted me to see it. I was thrilled that she asked me to watch with her, and also excited because…

Safety for the international assignee

Moving abroad for work typically comes with a bit of a learning curve – there is a new language to learn, a different culture to understand and an array of practical matters to figure out. From a safety standpoint, having a deeper knowledge…

Living in one country, voting in another -- staying involved isn't always easy

As a dual citizen I have the privilege, and the responsibility, to vote in two countries. This hasn’t always been the case however -- I lived in the US for well over a decade as a non-citizen, unable to vote. It was a great feeling when I…

The end of an era, the start of something new

My youngest child just got her driver’s license. I know it shouldn’t be that big of a deal, but this time it was -- for me. My daughter was just a couple of weeks past her sixteenth birthday and she was sure that if it didn’t happen now,…

The many ways of communicating

One of the reasons to love traveling is the opportunity learn – about new cultures, languages and about yourself. You don’t even have to leave your country to be exposed to a different way of life. Moving successfully between cultures, whether…

Communication – Brings us Together and Sets us Apart

If our ability to communicate is what defines us as humans, then why aren’t we better at it? If you consider that something as simple as the “V-sign” hand gesture has completely different meanings depending on where you are – it’s…

Decoding school culture and building a community

Changing schools can be tricky in the best of circumstances and doing so because of an international relocation can complicate matters even more. It’s not just the kids who go to school who have to make adjustments and figure out the new lay…

Communication between expat partners – sometimes fragile, always crucial

At about halfway through the summer each year, I start noticing newspaper articles discussing the strain vacation puts on couples. The gist of most of these articles is that heightened expectations (that are not well communicated), in combination…