Europe Italy

Interview With a Comasco

30 October, 2017 Welcome to my interview series featuring cultural perspectives from nationals of different countries around the world. This month, I’m happy to introduce you to a native Comasco, who was born and raised in Como, Italy. A little background: Como is both the name of a province and the name of the capital […]

Europe Italy

Ten Insights into Italian Culture

31 May, 2017     You may or may not already realize this, but Italy is a multicultural country. It is a country that has many languages (French, German, and Slovenian are official languages in certain regions, in addition to Italian), region-specific dialects, traditions, and ultimately, cultural differences. Here, I will paint broad brush strokes […]

Canada North America Quebec

​Twenty Cultural Insights into Life in Montreal: Little-known Eccentricities About Everyday Life

24 April, 2017 If you are planning to move to Montreal, there are a few things you might want to be aware of in advance. These are things that will quickly become apparent once you actually start living here, for better or worse. Fear not––they are not deal-breakers; so if you’ve already decided to make […]

British Columbia Canada North America

Vancouver Island (July 19-23, 2016)

20 March, 2017 Vancouver Island is an island west of mainland Vancouver that houses several cities, including Victoria––the capital of the province of British Columbia. Introduction: There are two Vancouvers on the Pacific coast of Canada: the city of Vancouver on the mainland, and the island of Vancouver, which comprises several cities including Victoria, the […]

Asia Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Middle East

A Few Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Saudi Arabia

12 May, 2012   What’s in a name? First of all, let’s start with the name, Saudi Arabia. English-speaking residents often refer to the country as Saudi—never as Arabia—and commonly address envelopes with “K.S.A.” If it is not already obvious, K.S.A. stands for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and so it goes without saying that, yes, […]

Africa Ghana

A Cup of Culture

By Ashikai Tetteh, Guest Writer 8 April, 2012 It is early morning. The only audible sound is the barely there whisper of leaves rustling in the embrace of the wind. The crowing of the cock breaks up the consonance of early morning sounds of nature. Legend here has it that it cries out a warning to […]