Heather Keagan

New Year’s Eve Celebrations Around the World

New Year’s is just around the corner, putting an end to turkey and chocolate feast and probably putting an end to that glorious time off work. Yes, soon you will have to put on real clothes, not pyjama onesies and venture back out into the world. But before you do, there’s one last party to(…)


Howdy Partner, Where Ya From?: A Guide to American Accents

The United States of America is a huge country made up of 50 states, 48 continental and 2 separate, each of which has its own identity, sense of pride and history. There is however one common denominator: the English language. In total, there are 225 million native speakers of English and 25.6 million speakers of English(…)


Put on Your Yarmulke, Let’s Recap Hanukkah!

Hanukkah 2016 began on December 24th and will last until January 1st. Just as title implies, join us as we give a breakdown of those Eight Crazy Nights. Even if you’re not Jewish, you’ve probably heard of Hanukkah but you might not have the foggiest clue as to what it is, why it’s celebrated or(…)


Thanksgiving: Your Food Guide to the US Holiday

Thanksgiving is coming up quickly, but what’s going to be on your plate? Etymology The word thanksgiving was first used in the 1630s, approximately a decade after the first Thanksgiving. The compound word thanks (a noun) and the present participle of give is used to refer to the ‘public celebration acknowledging divine favours.’ Certain prayers(…)


Grab the Popcorn! 4 of Brazil’s Most Awe-Inspiring Films

A country of contradictions and recently home to the FIFA World Cup, Brazil has had a turbulent past and still struggles with issues of crime and drugs today. You may have heard of the infamous favelas, or slums, that exist in cities like Rio de Janeiro, but do you have any idea what it’s like(…)


Mexico: A Tourist’s Guide to Staying Safe and Having Fun

Many travellers shy away from Mexico due to high crime rates, though the country actually has fewer crimes per year than the United States. In a country with warm, hospitable residents; fantastic handmade goods; beautiful scenery and a rich and turbulent history, there’s no reason to not to visit Mexico, as long as you’re careful(…)


An Expat’s Guide to Surviving Emergencies in Germany

Germany is a relatively safe country to visit, ranked 77th in world crime, making it statistically safer than the USA which is ranked 30th. It’s also ranked 79th in terms of violent crime in the world, which means if you keep general common sense and your wits about you while traveling in Germany, you should(…)


3 of the Best Budget Hostels in Moscow

Moscow is becoming one of the last frontiers for the backpacking traveller, and it should be on the top of everyone’s list. The city itself is rich in culture, heritage, and has some of the most beautiful architecture (and the best vodka!) in Russia. Accommodation costs can easily get out of hand in the city(…)


3 Crazy Christmas Customs Around The World

Christmas is a magical time for most around the world – whether it’s sitting by the fireplace with the family, hanging up the stockings, or placing presents under the tree and waiting (impatiently) to open them. But there are certain traditions that don’t quite fit into the stereotypes we have of good, clean fun. Take(…)