Blog Posts - Cultural Observations



Seeing Taiwan Through My Sister’s Eyes

It's exciting when someone visits us in Taiwan. Seeing Taiwan through someone's eyes for the first time is rewarding, especially when it's your sister. Continue Reading →...
by My Several Worlds on Oct 4, 2016

Photo Essay – Tom Rook’s Hao Haus Gallery Exhibit

Tom Rook is a British artist living in Taipei. 'Dragonflies' is a finalist for the International Artist Grand Price at Art Revolution Taipei. Tom creates mostly in pencil, pen, and ink. His drawings of cities in Taiwan and from his homeland are utter...
by My Several Worlds on Apr 9, 2016

Destined to Live in the Dark

A power cut in Cairo is a normal experience for the average city dweller, an impending doom that leaves every one in the dark until further notice. It can happen when you’re in the elevator, in... ...continue reading by visiting the blog!
by Londoneya on Jan 21, 2015

Picturing Cairo

I wasn’t planning to return to Cairo so soon after I had decided to leave the city. But here I am on vacation to visit family. Perhaps it was wishful thinking, but I had hoped something to have... ...continue reading by visiting the blog!
by Londoneya on Jan 15, 2015

ASDA Wembley: Preventing a Sexual Assault

Last Wednesday at around 2pm my friend and I were cruising the aisles at ASDA Wembley, a large supermarket chain in the UK part of the Walmart family, when something strange caught our eyes... ...continue reading by visiting the blog!
by Londoneya on Nov 23, 2014

Homeless in London

There are people in developing countries who wouldn’t believe this picture is of a man who is homeless in London, not far from the luxurious area of Mayfair. Images of poverty are usually... ...continue reading by visiting the blog!
by Londoneya on Nov 9, 2014

10 Things Taiwan Does Right

Today's post is about things that Taiwan does right. And when I mean right, I mean, really, really right. These are some of the things I really love about life in Taiwan. Continue Reading →...
by My Several Worlds on Sep 25, 2014

Observing the Last Hour Before the First Ramadan Sunset

Tonight’s crescent moon is beautiful, isn’t it? Yesterday an hour before sunset I watched traffic slowly disappear as people got ready to break their fasts. I wanted to record the special... ...continue reading by visiting the blog!
by Londoneya on Jun 30, 2014

Why the Clock Goes Back for Ramadan in Egypt

Back and forth, back and forth, like the ticking of a broken clock. In the span of two months, give or take, Egypt will go through three time changes this year, the fourth and last being in... ...continue reading by visiting the blog!
by Londoneya on Jun 28, 2014

How Egyptians Dress for the Summer

On June 4th temperatures in Cairo rose to 45 degrees celsius, making it the hottest day of the year so far. When there’s a heat wave in England it’s perfectly normal to see bare arms and... ...continue reading by visiting the blog!
by Londoneya on Jun 24, 2014

Tomb Sweeping Day in Taiwan – A Day for Remembering Our Dearly Departed

Tomb Sweeping Day is a one-day Chinese holiday that is celebrated on April 4th or 5th each year. On this day, families of Chinese visit the family tomb to honor and pay respect to their ancestors.
by My Several Worlds on Apr 4, 2014

Waiting for Rain

It’s raining outside. Drops of water are falling from a sky thick with dark clouds, washing the dust from every surface and creating puddles on the ground as I type. Many of my friends’ Facebook statuses mention rain with varying levels o...
by The Over-thinking Expat on Dec 1, 2012

Waiting for Rain

It’s raining outside. Drops of water are falling from a sky thick with dark clouds, washing the dust from every surface and creating puddles on the ground as I type. Many of my friends’ Facebook statuses mention rain with varying levels o...
by The Over-thinking Expat on Dec 1, 2012

Five Purchases the Saavy Traveller Shouldn’t Miss (or Why I Love SkyMall)

Summertime in the UAE means two things: temperatures outside will compete with those on the surface of the sun, and school holidays begin. This July, I joined the crowds fleeing the crushing heat and humidity to visit home. I love to travel, but I de...
by The Over-thinking Expat on Nov 10, 2012

Five Purchases the Saavy Traveller Shouldn’t Miss (or Why I Love SkyMall)

Summertime in the UAE means two things: temperatures outside will compete with those on the surface of the sun, and school holidays begin. This July, I joined the crowds fleeing the crushing heat and humidity to visit home. I love to travel, but I de...
by The Over-thinking Expat on Nov 10, 2012

The Dolomites: a different culture

An Italian friend and I were relaxing after lunch at an outdoor cafe in Bressanone's sunny main square a few months ago (photo below) when she gasped: "Did you see that? The woman at the table next to us just...
by Italy Beyond the Obvious on Jul 5, 2012

The Dolomites: a different culture

An Italian friend and I were relaxing after lunch at an outdoor cafe in Bressanone's sunny main square a few months ago (photo below) when she gasped: "Did you see that? The woman at the table next to us just...
by Italy Beyond the Obvious on Jul 5, 2012

Taste of Home

One stereotype I’ve frequently heard in my travels is that “Americans are fat,” or more rarely, we are “too obsessed with fitness and gyms.” 37.5% of American adults are obese.* Not, “I need to lose a few pounds to feel fit, “ actua...
by The Over-thinking Expat on May 13, 2012

Taste of Home

One stereotype I’ve frequently heard in my travels is that “Americans are fat,” or more rarely, we are “too obsessed with fitness and gyms.” 37.5% of American adults are obese.* Not, “I need to lose a few pounds to feel fit, “ actua...
by The Over-thinking Expat on May 13, 2012

Expat-riotic?

I’ve spent nearly eight years of my adult life living abroad, and I hope to spend many more experiencing other countries and cultures. This is not a result of negative feelings or experiences I had growing up in the United States. I could write...
by The Over-thinking Expat on May 8, 2012


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