There are no Bakkies in Canada

There are no Bakkies in Canada

My accent and pronunciation of certain words means that I often have to repeat myself! But we all laugh about it. There are also loads of South African slang words that I forget aren't internationally known so when I say things like "Bakkie" or "Braai" or "Robots" people usually look at me funny and then I have to quickly think of an alternative word for it.

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Teaching Abroad in Seoul, South Korea

Teaching Abroad in Seoul, South Korea

My favorite food is tacos, and Korean BBQ is the tacos of the East for me! I love Korean BBQ not only because it’s delicious but because it’s a unique experience. Gas or charcoal grills are built into the dining table, so my friends and I grill the meat ourselves. The popular way of eating the meat is to wrap it in lettuce, add some seasoned veggies and condiments, and finally bite into it like a taco!  

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Trading in Luxembourg for Madrid!

Trading in Luxembourg for Madrid!

It's all about finding the right people to make the new place feel like home. I think it can be really lonely at times, when you're in an unfamiliar place without your friends, family, or anyone who you can talk to, at the beginning. That's why the first thing I try to do when I move to a new place is to meet as many new people as possible.

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Country-hopping: Switzerland, Ireland, China and Australia!

Country-hopping: Switzerland, Ireland, China and Australia!

I also had several funny incidents trying to understand Australian slang when my boyfriend and I started dating. The morning after the first time he stayed over at mine he asked "Where are my thongs?" For a half Brit like me I thought he was asking where his G-string was and I was panicking and thought how drunk I was last night as I would not have noticed that..... for the Australian, he was wondering where his Flip-Flop was!

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G'day! Wales to Australia!

G'day! Wales to Australia!

It's funny to say that the language is different in Australia compared to the UK, but it kind of is. Australians have this amazing way of shortening everything, that even to this day makes me laugh. Afternoon is arvo, avocado is avo, a smoke break is smoko.

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A New Life in Berlin

A New Life in Berlin

When I first moved to Berlin in 2011, I used a few different techniques to meet new people - by taking a German language class, going to a local bar alone, and connecting with other Berliners on social media. Since moving back, I even started my own meetup group with my buddy Adam, Make Friends in Berlin, to help newbies connect with one another. The group now has more than 5,000 members!

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Writing Books in Berlin!

Writing Books in Berlin!

At first I thought I'd move to Paris because my French is decent. Then I visited in Berlin. I fell in love with the weirdness of the city, the low cost of living, and the number of tall people wearing black. I found my people.

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Abroad in Argentina!

Abroad in Argentina!

I'm here to cross things off my list, learn, and educate others. Empathy is so important and often we lose it because we forget what it's like to experience things outside our daily routine. So let's go rebuild our experiences from the ground up :)

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