Monday, 21 January, 2013 - 00:00

Each year Scottish people across the world celebrate an unique dinner known as ‘Burns Night’. This is to remember a famous Scottish poet called Robert Burns.

Sunday, 20 January, 2013 - 18:44

There’s nothing worse than waiting so long for that magical moment when the snow begins to fall than not being able to do anything with it when it does.

Thursday, 29 November, 2012 - 22:26

Christmas in Britain seems to go on for most of the year! As soon as it starts to get cold people begin counting down the days until Christmas.

Thursday, 29 November, 2012 - 20:44


Monday, 26 November, 2012 - 22:14

Last Thursday, America celebrated Thanksgiving, a festival that dates back to 1621, according to Wikipedia.

Monday, 12 November, 2012 - 08:27

The 5th November has always had a very special place in my heart.  Of course, it is Guy Fawkes’ Night, which in itself has great historical significance for the UK.  I highly recommend researching

Thursday, 8 November, 2012 - 17:19
by JohnM

For the last three months of my year abroad in Seville, I lived in a new flat (in the area of Nervión) with a Spanish boy and two French girls – and we spoke to one another in Spanish. 

Tuesday, 9 October, 2012 - 21:16

UK, GB, British Isles – What’s in a name? Nationality, or national identity, can be a complex issue for those of us from Britain. Take me for example.

Saturday, 6 October, 2012 - 22:39

This summer, I’ve spent four months living in Cairo.  It’s a city unlike anywhere I have ever visited and it has its own unique character – unique, but I won’t say bad or good!

Monday, 10 September, 2012 - 09:07

The journey from Lhasa to Kathmandu feels much more like a physical challenge than a relaxing holiday.

Friday, 31 August, 2012 - 11:48
by JohnM

I know that speaking is an important part of learning a language. But speaking and communicating are two very different things.

Tuesday, 21 August, 2012 - 21:22

Have you ever heard the phrase, ‘Your school years are the best years of your life’? Well, it’s not true. At least, I hope it isn’t.

Monday, 13 August, 2012 - 16:03

Living abroad requires a delicate adjustment and balancing of cultures.  Moving from Scotland to Austria, the differences aren’t so great, perhaps, as with a relocation to Asia or Africa.  But thi

Wednesday, 18 July, 2012 - 20:05

Have you ever travelled abroad for a short holiday and said to yourself: ‘I could really see myself living here someday’?

Sunday, 8 July, 2012 - 22:15

If you’re following this blog, you’re probably at the age when you realise that your parents haven’t always told you the truth.

Friday, 6 July, 2012 - 18:42
by JohnM

When you go somewhere new, it’s hard to imagine yourself living there permanently. At first, everything is different: You’re in a new place with new people and nobody knows you. It’s terrifying.

Wednesday, 4 July, 2012 - 18:30

Ireland is divided into thirty two counties, but it has two main parts: the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Tuesday, 12 June, 2012 - 17:24

For one elderly couple this year is very special: Elizabeth and Philip Windsor, aged 86 and 91 have spent the last week celebrating the Diamond Jubilee (60 years since she became Queen).

Thursday, 7 June, 2012 - 11:44

Reading and writing in a different language is all very well and good, but how do you really master a foreign tongue?


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