Welcome to the first of our series of interviews with the authors of Culture Smart!. In the series we take a closer look at who our authors are, how they became conversant in a culture they were not born into, and what they’ve gained from their cultural experiences abroad.
As the series continues to grow and evolve, we now count over 100 authors as part of our team, who work with us on our mission to bridge understanding and build relations between people of different cultural backgrounds. Our authors come from all walks of life, among them diplomats, foreign journalists, NGO workers, educators and storytellers.
Norway is an ever popular destination for visitors, drawn to its dramatic fjords and rugged coastline and the stunning spectacle of the Northern Lights. Proud of their land’s pristine nature and breath-taking beauty, Norwegians will expect visitors to respect their customs. And although they are naturally reserved they are very friendly and welcoming.
To mark the publication of a new edition of Culture Smart! Norway, here are some snippets from the guide, detailing aspects of Norwegian culture that are useful to know about before you visit. If you like what you read, you can pick up the guide here and receive 25% off the RRP throughout January with the code CSNEW25!
New Year’s Eve parties in Nicaragua are by no means mild affairs. Indeed, the celebrations are two-fold – both to welcome in the new year, and to bid farewell to the old one. Whatever the previous year might have thrown at you, for all its ups and downs, a celebration is in order, for here comes another! To mark the publication of our upcoming Culture Smart! Nicaragua, here’s how to bring in the new year, Nicaragua style. Receive 25% off the RRP in January with our CSNEW25 discount code here!
It is fair to say that Rwanda is not currently a top travel destination. The country’s tourism industry has had a fair bit of catching up to do, but with its history firmly behind it, Rwanda is quietly earning a name for itself — and for very good reason. The “Land of a Hundred Hills” offers an astonishing range of stunning landscapes and an abundance of natural beauty, making the country an exciting destination for those who like to explore off the beaten track.
This Southeast Asian gem is often overshadowed by its neighbours Thailand and Vietnam, particularly when it comes to cuisine. Vietnamese pho and Thai tom yum are two iconic dishes that spring to mind, while Laos doesn’t have dishes to its name quite as well known. Indeed, Laotian cuisine is a very much a well-kept secret, and one you are sure to miss upon your return.
The beauty of visiting Madrid is that you don’t have to spend a lot to see a lot. Strolling around will allow you to absorb the culture and history of this fascinating city. Many of the ‘must-sees’ in Madrid are free – they are simply monuments dotted around the city – and most are within walking distance of each other. Here are seven to get you started:
Travelling abroad can be an exciting and memorable experience. It can also be incredibly daunting, with a lot of unknowns and new situations to contend with. This is especially the case when visiting a country like China, where the culture is so different from that of Western countries.
Coffee houses are important centres of culture around the world, and Greece is no different. In fact, throughout modern history these temples of caffeine have continued to serve as daily meeting spaces where locals come together to sip from the black gold and debate on all matters under the sun: from world politics to local gossip.
The global influence of Greek coffee culture can also not be understated – indeed it was a Cretan who introduced to concept of a coffee house to England in 1864. In England, when coffee houses were first introduced, they sparked a major intellectual revolution and even the rise of newspapers.
By Jessica Ginting
Indonesia is one of the most culturally diverse places in the world. With more than 17,000 islands spread across the archipelago, there is an abundance of destinations to visit. Each island boasts a wealth of different cultural sites, regional cuisine and traditional ceremonies that any visitor would be able to witness and even take part in. Here are 5 unique Indonesian destinations to visit and some cultural traditions and events to look out for:
On the rise for its stunning pink beaches, colour-changing lakes and prehistoric reptiles, Flores is an island that boasts a rather effortless, natural beauty. However, there are plenty of thrills to be found deeper inland as well—the Caci is a traditional warrior dance where men prove their sexual virility and engage in combat with whips made of buffalo tail leather. The performance is usually accompanied by lively drum and gong music. Certainly not for the faint hearted, the drops of blood shed in this ritual are believed to fertilize the land for the coming harvest.
We are excited to announce we’ve got two brand new titles published in the Culture Smart! series, as well as three new editions.
To celebrate our summer releases, we’re giving 30% off on all web orders using our promo code CSJUNE30. [visit our shop: www.culturesmart.co.uk/shop ]
The two brand new titles are CS Malawi and CS Zambia.. We’ve got new editions of CS Israel, Netherlands and UAE.