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An Italian in Europe

Today we welcome a new contributor to People of the World. Simona Morachioli is from Italy but currently lives in Germany, and she put her cross cultural experience to work in this interview with a fellow Italian living abroad, Cecilia.

Cecilia, tell us a bit about you. How would your friends describe you?

I am Cecilia, I am 28 years old and I come from a small & beautiful town in Italy. Since 2009, due to my studies or to business reasons, I have been living in 5 different Countries: Holland (Amsterdam), Belgium (Brussels), Germany (Frankfurt), England (London) and Spain (Barcelona- where I currently live, pursuing my second Master degree).

My friends would describe me as an outgoing person, who loves travelling and experiencing new things all the time. In my free time, I enjoy attending fitness classes, hanging out with my friends in front of a glass of Bailey’s and Skyping with my family.

Cecilia in Amsterdam

What is the pitch and the peak of being always on the move

The pitch of being always on the move is that after a while it gets difficult to understand where you belong to. But that is a peak as well.
On one hand, I am exposed to a lot of different inputs that continuously enrich me. On the other hand, I became a sort of cultural hybrid who does not have defined boundaries.


April 25, 2013 3 comments

Nominate an expat or international blogger for’s competition

Online dictionary runs an annual competition for bloggers writing about their international experiences, and this year’s competition is about to start.

Who is eligible? Bloggers who write about their high school or student exchange, au-pair experience, around-the-world travellers and expats – anyone who is living another culture and blogging about it.

You have until 31st January to nominate your favourite blogger – for more details see this post on’s language blog Lexiophiles.

January 24, 2013 Comments disabled

Kim and Mike discover Estonia

When Canadians Kimberly Bagayawa and Mike Dell decided to rent a room in their apartment, it turned into a cultural exchange thanks to Kati from Estonia.

Kim and Mike’s short film ‘Kati and Me‘ is about what they learnt about Estonia and Kati. It’s fun, quirky and features some lovely Estonian scenery and people, as well as plenty you didn’t know you wanted to know about this small but spirited Baltic country.


November 8, 2012 Comments disabled

Turkey: a view from the East

We often talk about Turkey as a bridge between East and West, but many times the comparisons are looking from the West. Today have a chance to see Turkey from another perspective, thanks to Ahmad Reshad Noori, a student from Afghanistan.

Reshad was part of a group of Afghan students studying Turkish in the same school when I first arrived in Turkey. These smart, enthusiastic and lively students put me to shame with their ability to learn Turkish at lightening speed! Four years later, Reshad has just graduated from a civil and environmental engineering degree at the University of Cukurova, Adana (Turkey) and is now studying for a Master’s degree. In this interview he talks about his impressions of Turkey, the rapid changes in today’s Afghanistan and his dreams for the future.


November 4, 2011 2 comments

A Taiwanese student in the USA

Mindy Chang, who is from Taiwan, first contacted us when she was doing some research for her Masters programme at the University of Michigan, USA. She ended up writing a guest post on Taiwanese culture. Now Mindy is back in Taiwan after completing her studies. We caught up with her to ask some questions about studying abroad and returning home afterwards.

First, could you tell us something about yourself?

大家好,我叫張敏儀。Hello, my name is Min-Yi Chang. (Mindy). I’m from Taiwan, the Republic of China. Not to be confused with the People’s Republic of China, or Thailand, which sounds sort of like Taiwan.

I turned 25 this year, and I just finished my master degree of Public Relations in Michigan State University. I had never traveled to any foreign country before I went to the U.S. for my graduate study (which was awkward when I was a teenager coz all my friends had been to at least one or two foreign countries like Japan, Thailand, or Korea). That inspired me to study hard and I dreamed of winning the government scholarship to study abroad in the future (unfortunately, I didn’t get it and I applied for a government loan for my U.S. study). I didn’t spend time searching for a job in the U.S. after graduating because of financial concerns and I feel the overall working environment is not quite optimistic for an international student like me. I came home this June and I’m looking for a job in Public Relations or marketing fields in Taiwan.


August 11, 2011 1 comment

From Malaysia to Korea and back

LeX is a Malaysian university student who recently returned from a study exchange in Korea. Here he explains some of the differences he noticed between Malaysian and Korean culture and confirms that Malaysian food is really as good as everyone says!

First, please tell us something about yourself

Hi, I am Tan Yih Liang (陈奕良/단익량 – Chinese/Korean), my nickname is LeX.

lex-in-snowI am Malaysian Chinese and my parents too. I was born in a small town called Butterworth which is located in the state of Penang. I live in a very average family.

My life getting into another transition after I graduated from High School, I was admitted to a Pre-University College in another state and then straight away admitted into University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. During my junior year in University, I was awarded ASEAN scholarship to participate in Student Exchange program in South Korea for a year! And now, I am back in Malaysia to finish my study in the university. Finally, I will graduate at the end of this year very soon!


December 2, 2010 3 comments