Intercultural Word of the Week: "Hireath"

This is a term that sits at the very heart of Welsh culture and translates as the longing and nostalgia for the homeland.  Wherever the Welsh travel in the world so they create a new society largely due to hireath.

"I know the meaning of the Welsh word - 'Hiraeth'. This has pulled at me all my life. I would happily travel west, but north, south or east was so difficult. I lived in a beautiful home on the edge of Wales, looking west. The mountains shouted hiraeth, hiraeth! Silently and patiently.

We all feel nervous when moving for work... but why? And how do we manage it?

Relocation & Emotion - Why are you nervous?

Moving to another country for work brings about a whole host of challenges. 


Intercultural Word of the Week - “Shouganai”

Intercultural Word of the Week - “Shouganai”

Literally interpreted as “it cannot be helped” or “nothing can be done about it” this phrase says a lot about the ability the Japanese have as a people to maintain dignity and calm in the face of tragedy.  The world watched in horror as the March 11 tsunami hit Japan in 2011.  But what commentators around the world noted was the coming together of the people to make order out of chaos.  The cultural norm denoted by shouganai is to follow convention, common in collective cultures such as Japans.


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The 2018 Top 10 Cities for Expats

Mercer has just released its top 10 cities for expats list, 2018.  To me, it seems a very intangible thing to measure.  One persons love of the vibrant chaos of Bangkok, is the opposite of anothers’ love of the order and serenity of Zurich.  However, based on an assessment of overall quality of life based on factors such as the stability of the political environment, economics including cost of living, the quality of public services and access to recreation, Mercer have made a pretty good ranking list of great places to live.  So, in reverse order: 10 - Sydney - tie