‘We heal the most when we heal together’: Survivor and mountaineer

ABC of Expat Woman’s Life: C – Culture Shock

We are not aware of the culture until we start socialising (family, school, society etc.); a blueprint that we will always use to understand the world and to give meaning to experiences and things around us. People of the same culture share the same way of experiencing, thinking of and solving problems that come on their way. They understand each other because they share the same system. Put simply, culture provides “glasses” through which we perceive and understand the world. So, what happens when two people of different cultures meet? They both wear different pairs of glasses. Even if they communicate in the same language, meanings and interpretations of the same things can vary significantly. This process can be very frustrating.

ABC of Expat Woman’s Life: D – Dimensions of Culture

Cultural Dimensions In order to better understand how cultures differ, Geert Hofstede identified five main dimensions based on which you can compare cultures. When I saw it, a couple of years ago, it became obvious to me (Polish cultural context) why certain things were sometimes irritating or difficult to understand. So, I will use the Dutch culture as an example to describe them.

Domestic Vote Bank Politics in International Diplomacy

India’s close tie with Israel as a leading partner in Defence sector surprised many Indian citizens on the government’s declaration to support Palestine at its UN bid. Indian citizens have expressed worries on the impact on India’s future bilateral ties with Israel and consider the decision to be hollow only to expose India’s double stand on the assertion for bilateral relations with its neighbor, a special reference is towards India’s continuous refusal to accept Pakistan’s assertion for UN involvement in Kashmir statehood issue. India’s International development and relation policy is not formulated on well considered ground on current international…

Food in a European Capital

Some time ago, I drove to Piraeus (the port area of Athens) for an errand. I was lucky enough to find a proper parking space outside a super-market and was marveling, upon returning to my car, how a bureaucratic task had just finished quickly and painlessly. As I was starting the car off, I noticed a rather unusual sight in front of me.

Mexico City’s Architecture Takes Off

Mexico City has for too long been off the architectural grid. With so much going on in the north, it is a little known fact that the architectural growth in the major city has been increasingly progressive.

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