World Cup Fever

15 July, 2010 09:19  Erin Erin

Vuvuzelas made their last trumpets, tvs flickered off around the world, and the Dutch returned the 120 caravans they rented to attend the world cup in South Africa. The furious month-long competition (June 11th to July 11th, 2010) is suddenly put to rest as one team has claimed the title of champions of the FIFA 2010 World Cup.

South Africa's World Cup

South AfricaIn South Africa, there was wild anticipation as well as an edge of apprehension. It had been a long road to getting an African nation selected as host. This was the first World Cup bidding process under continental rotation and African nations could bid. In 2004, the international football federation, FIFA, selected South Africa over Egypt and Morocco to become the first African nation to host the finals. South Africa had been only narrowly defeated in its 2006 bid and this selection marked a change in Africa's status, worthy of international sports play.  (More)

   


Best cities to live in the world in 2010

01 July, 2010 15:26  Erin Erin

What makes a city truly exceptional? The perfect place to live, work, and play? Monocle magazine knows what makes a city great to live and have compiled a list of the 25 best places to live. These cities aren't just OK, but are "benchmarks for urban renaissance and rigorous reinvention in everything from environmental policy to transport". The results of their annual survey were published on June 17, 2010.

25 Best Places to Live

Photo of Munich - July 2010, evening1. Munich, Germany
The city is the epitome of everything valued in the survey. Excellent location and transportation system allow for easy access to the rest of Europe, as well as the world. Monocle boasts that the city has the best airport in Europe. There is also a boon of cultural heritage and events and plenty of green space to make living in the city enjoyable. On top of these benefits, there is an extremely low crime rate. Apparently Munich parents agree with the magazines assessment as the city is one of the few reporting an upswing in birth rate. Prost! (More)

   


Most Expensive Cities Worldwide in 2010 (EAI)

21 June, 2010 22:15  Erin Erin

 Cost
of LivingPeople's standard of living can vary greatly according to their wealth, personal choices, and willingness to do without. However, there are some cities, that are expensive no matter what choices a person makes.

EA International is a world leader in managing employees around the world. EA offers data and advice about everything concerning expatriates and the companies that hire them. The most recent list of the most expensive cities worldwide was published on June 10, 2010. (More)

   


Eyjafjallajokull: summary of a volcanic ash cloud story

16 June, 2010 20:21  Erin Erin

What is it?

Volcanic ash consists of small tephra (particles of rock and glass smaller than 2 mm). This ash can be spewed into the air during eruptions. Volcanic ash can be hazardous as it can affect breathing and cause malfunctions in machinery.

Iceland - Google mapEyjafjallajokull's Eruption in Iceland

The volcanic eruption in Iceland of Eyjafjallajokull (pronounced ay-yah-FYAH-lah-yer-kuhl) is believed to have started on March 20th, and led to a worldwide transportation disaster. The ash cloud hovered over the Atlantic Ocean and caused a week-long suspension of air traffic in Europe. Ash turned the sky hazy and tinted it a dirty yellow. Volcanic ash particles cans stay in the troposphere for weeks, and the finest tephra particles remain in the stratosphere for months. This suspended material can create spectacular sunsets. At its greatest height, the plume reached 33,000 ft (about 11 km) into the air. The controlled airspace of many countries was closed to instrument flight rules traffic resulting in the largest air traffic shut-down since World War II. (More)

   


Guide for expatriates in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

02 June, 2010 14:22  EasyExpat EasyExpat

BrazilWe are delighted to launch our new city guide for expatriates in Rio de  Janeiro, Brazil.

The city of Rio de Janeiro is artistically bordered by magnificent mountains, white-sand beaches and spectacular blue ocean, and lush rain forests. Residents of the city are known as Cariocas. The undisputed cultural capital and major international transportation hub of Brazil, the city is a dense, cosmopolitan gem.

The area of the city is 1182.3 square kilometres or 456.5 sq miles. The city is dense, with Rio de Janeiroabout 6.1 million people in the city and 11-13.5 million in the greater metropolitan area.

The city sits within the geological structure called Brazilian Crystal Basement where rain forest, Atlantic Ocean, and a mass of city dwellers come together. The Tijuca Forest defines much of the landscape as the largest urban forest in the world. On Corcovado, one of the area's highest points, there is the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Another peak, Sugar Loaf, is also a landmark and towers over the entrance of the bay. (More)

   


Guide for expatriates in Seoul, South-Korea

25 May, 2010 22:24  EasyExpat EasyExpat

KoreaWe are proud to launch our new city guide for expatriates in Seoul, South-Korea.

Seoul is the capital of South Korea and is one of the most highly populated cities in the world, located in the north-western part of the country on the Han River. With the establishment of South Korea (the Republic of Korea) in 1948 it became the capital, except for a short time during the Korean War.

The tower of Seoul, South-KoreaThe traditional heart of Seoul is the old Joseon Dynasty city, which is now the downtown area, where most palaces, government offices, corporate headquarters, hotels and traditional markets are located. To the north of downtown is Bukhan Mountain, and to the south is the smaller Namsan. Across the Han River are the newer and wealthier areas of Gangnam-gu and surrounding neighbourhoods. Yeouido is a large island in the middle of the Han River and is home to the National Assembly, the major broadcasting studios, and a number of large office buildings, as well as the world's largest Presbyterian church. (More)

   


New classifieds for expatriates

19 May, 2010 22:37  EasyExpat EasyExpat

We have fully redesigned our classifieds section and add a few new features.

The classifieds are now first ordered by continent/countries (and possibly cities according to the list available in EasyExpat guides) and in each of them a series of categories is listed:

  1. Houses For RentScreen shot of Classifieds page on EasyExpat.com
  2. Houses For Sale
  3. House Search
  4. Flats For Rent
  5. Flats For Sale
  6. Flat Search
  7. House/Flatshare Offer
  8. House/Flatshare Search
  9. Home Swap
  10. Holiday Rentals
  11. Furnitures
  12. Au Pair & Babysitter Search
  13. Au Pair & Babysitter Offer
  14. Clothing/Accessories
  15. Baby/Kids stuff
  16. Books/Games/DVDs
  17. Electronics (*for this category, only ads submitted by individuals, not companies, are permitted)
  18. Conversation exchange
  19. Cars/Motorbikes
  20. Other (*for this category, only ads submitted by individuals, not companies, are permitted)

It is possible to add a photo to illustrate the ad (very handy for example for accommodation). Also you will notice that you can now contact the author of the classifieds straight at its bottom, and that will send immediatly an email to the poster and guarantee they can deal with your message. (More)

   


France, I love you, I'm leaving

04 May, 2010 17:05  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Livre: France, je t’aime, je te quitte - Christian RoudeauJournalist (France Inter) based in London, Christian Roudeau has just published "France, je t’aime, je te quitte" (France, I love you, I'm leaving - Fayard edition), which deals with opinion of expatriates on France: a "virtual country" made of 2.5 million people and still growing.

There are 2 parts in the book: who are the French expatriates and what do they say about France. Profiles have evolved a lot and we are no longer talking (only) about the rich business man voting conservative. All categories are represented and while, before 2007, the vast majority of French expats voted for the candidate of the French conservative party, the last election showed the same trend as the global result. (More)

   


The Kunstenfestivaldesarts takes over Brussels from May 7th to 29th

28 April, 2010 15:07  EasyExpat EasyExpat

The Kunstenfestivaldesarts’ 15th edition is about to start in Brussels, offering an international program and taking place in dozens of welcoming theatres and art houses for 3 weeks in May. It will, this year again, feature performing arts and visual arts, by Dutch- and French-speaking, Western and non-Western artists.

The KunstenfestivaldesartsThe Kunstenfestivaldesarts is a festival dedicated to new creations, intended for artists with a personal outlook on the world and spectators willing to question their own views, a cosmopolitan city festival. We are increasingly becoming part of a complex network of communities that cross and redefine national, linguistic and cultural borders. The city is the environment “par excellence” in which this cosmopolitan society can be seen. (More)

   


Getting a Bargain on Hotel Rooms

26 April, 2010 11:41  EasyExpat EasyExpat

In planning a trip for business or pleasure, one of the most important considerations is the hotel accommodation. Whether your desire is to find a home away from home featuring an array of amenities or simply a clean, quiet place to sleep during your holiday, it is possible to find a hotel room to fill your needs. With a bit of planning, finding the right hotel won't empty your bank account.

Package Deals

Frequently, booking a hotel room together with a flight means significant savings, especially when using online travel resources such as Expedia or Orbitz. You can often refine your search by many factors, including hotel star rating or price level, location in the city center or on the outskirts, and specific amenities. However, to obtain these discounts, you must prepay for your travel package. (More)

   


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