Orient Yourself: 10 Things to Know Before you go to Japan


If you’re a stranger to Asia there will be quite a few cultural differences you’ll notice when you get there, but a good grasp of the language will help you no end – as well as taking notice of these top ten tips! What to Pack: 1. Get Connected Most of the sockets in Japan(…)

What’s On TV In Thailand – The Top 5 Shows On The Box


Living in the UK we’re heavily influenced by the television shows broadcast on our TVs, most of which are from Western perspective, but if you’ve ever spent time in hotel rooms around the world, you’ll know that tastes differ from country to country – and Thailand is a perfect example of that! Where we know(…)

How to Eat, Drink, and Get Married in Spain


Obviously not all weddings are created equal, and if you head to one in Spain the food and traditions will vary according to region, religion, and of course resources, but the following is based on my own experience – and what an experience it was! Traditionally, Spanish weddings are quite different from its surrounding neighbours,(…)

Mind Your Own Language – The Fall And Rise Of Maori Te Reo


Any rugby fans around the world will know of the Haka, royal watchers will have seen a Hongi, and most Brits will have heard the greeting Kia Ora (or drunk the juice of the same name) – and here in New Zealand (Aotearoa), we’re proud that the indigenous Māori language (Te Reo) is still going(…)

5 Glorious Activities for Tourists in Greece


Yeah, yeah, everyone knows about the Acropolis, the Parthenon, Mount Arthos, and all the stuff that’s been around for millennia, but Greece is more than just a few old things! From shopping to swimming to scuba diving to sailing to eating to drinking to dancing there’s a plethora (derived from Greek) of eclectic (derived from(…)

The 10 Best Drinks in France – Apart From Wine, Of Course!


Like their food, art, history, and language, the French are passionate about their drinks – of course, they have a long and successful tradition as far as wine is concerned, but look at any liquor cabinet and you’ll see mostly French imports. If you have ever been to France, or have dined with French friends,(…)

To Russia With Love – Top 5 Films From Russia And The Soviet Union


The complexity of the Soviet Union and the establishment of the Russian Federation in 1991 is reflected in its history of movies, as is the culture, history, and political stance – so choosing a top five selection of the best is tricky, but we’ve come up with some of our favourites from the two regimes.(…)

Matrimonio Cucina – What To Expect From An Italian Wedding Feast


Anyone who knows anything about Italy will know that they love their food, so it’s not surprising that come the big wedding day, the menu is almost as important as the nuptials! Obviously there are no strict guidelines as to everything that is served at a wedding in Italy, but there are some common traditions,(…)

The 5 Best Drinks in China


China has, perhaps surprisingly, some of the most liberal laws on alcohol anywhere in the world; it wasn’t until 2006 that the Chinese government introduced a ban on the sale of alcohol to under-18s. Traditionally alcohol was mostly reserved for special occasions and festivities, but alongside the country’s rapid economic development over recent decades the(…)

5 Top Drinks in Japan – For Goodness Sake!


When we think of drinks from Japan, teas of all sorts and the ubiquitous sake immediately come to mind, but there are plenty of other beverages that please the local palette. In a country of over 125 million people it’s not surprising that there are thousands of drinks consumed, many with historical, traditional, and regional(…)