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“Teacher, You Like Coffee?” A True Story from Arabia

“Teacher, You Like Coffee?” A True Story from Arabia

Imagine yourself, a qualified professional teacher who is accustomed to a certain level of, what, decorum? in the classroom. Now, imagine that you arrive at your new job, and you find that all of your expectations are…going out the window. Along with the students. But […]

Life in China: The Art of Not Tanning

Life in China: The Art of Not Tanning

This installment of Life in China is focused on an aspect of Chinese culture that stands as a fairly stark contrast to our American culture. Read on for a bit of insight into how the interesting people of this vast city of Shenzhen, in this […]

Three Things to Buy Before Moving Abroad

Three Things to Buy Before Moving Abroad

Must-Buy Things Before Moving Overseas So you’re a soon-to-be expat? You’ve signed a contract and you’ll be living overseas, abroad, in an exotic locale rubbing shoulders with fascinating people from cultures new and unexperienced. That’s wonderful! If you know anything about Our Traveling Zoo, we […]

Life in China: Living in Shenzhen Means Noise

Life in China: Living in Shenzhen Means Noise

Living in Shenzhen Means Noise Traveling, and particularly living abroad as expats, teaches us about ourselves and about our own society as much as it does about others. In this entry of Life in China, we’re talking about something which has informed our understanding of […]

Singapore on a Budget

Singapore on a Budget

Singapore on a budget–is it possible? What about Singapore with a family on a budget? Why yes. Let us tell you how we managed a budget and family-friendly Singapore trip. First of all, though, we want to say that Singapore was easily our favorite city […]

Legoland Malaysia with Young Kids: 2018 Review

Legoland Malaysia with Young Kids: 2018 Review

Have you been to a Legoland theme park? We’d always heard great things about these theme parks, so when we were in Malaysia during February, we decided to go. Here’s what we learned about visiting Legoland Malaysia with young kids. Practical Info about Legoland Malaysia […]

Life in China: Food Culture

Life in China: Food Culture

This installment of our Life in China series kicks off a discussion about food culture. Before we get started, bear in mind that we’re looking at things through our American lenses, and we know that naturally we carry our own cultural biases with us as […]

The Best Toiletries for Hand Luggage

The Best Toiletries for Hand Luggage

We are a family that travels light – the only times we bring full-size suitcases is when we are moving internationally. The rest of the time, it’s carry-on only: a couple of small rolling suitcases and a couple of backpacks. Unsurprisingly, I have perfected both […]

Life in China: Our Five Favorite Chinese Foods

Life in China: Our Five Favorite Chinese Foods

Our last installment in the Life in China series was about cost of living here in Shenzhen, China. This week, we are writing about our favorite truly authentic Chinese foods. China is renowned for its cuisine, of which it has eight main sorts. Each one […]

Toddlers on a Speedboat: Touring the Mekong Delta

Toddlers on a Speedboat: Touring the Mekong Delta

Ho Chi Minh City is a really fun place to visit for a short time. It is vibrant–there is an unceasing flow of mopeds and scooters, for example, and much of the city’s seemingly haphazard development gives rise to a huge variety of places to […]