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Country Facts : Expat Help Needed Juli 25, 2008

Posted by Jun in Around The World.

First, we would like to apologize for not posting these couple of weeks. Anita has been away and I have no excuse for myself.

We are currently planning on expanding the Forum, so for the mean time, we would like to ask for your help in getting information on your country of residence. It would be something like a country factsheet – preferably shorter and easier to understand than Wikipedia.org (which, by the way, is an excellent source). It would be great if you could add some “personal touch” like visa, residency issues, what to do on weekends, where to buy groceries, school for children, etc. If you can get some photos, that would be great.

These informations hopefully can be used to help a lot of other expats, who most of the time are clueless and also overwhelmed by the countless websites around who offer information, tips, etc.

So, if you are interested in chipping in, please send us email to indonesianexpat[at]yahoo[dot]com. You can also leave comment below.


Where is Hungary Anyway? Mei 7, 2008

Posted by finallywoken in Around The World.
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This article is written by
Sherwin Tobing, the blog owner of
Goresan Ngawur.

I have been living in Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, for almost a year. Hungary might sound little bit strange for Indonesians. Many Indonesians do not even have a ghost of idea on where Hungary actually is. Hungary is located in the heart of Europa and its people were originated from somewhere in Central Asia. These people, called Magyar in Hungarian, built a settlement there more than 1000 years ago. (lebih…)

Journey To Verne’s Copenhagen April 22, 2008

Posted by finallywoken in Around The World.
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The article is writen in 2005
Eva C. Komandjaja, The Jakarta Post, Copenhagen*

Most people associate Denmark with famous author Hans Christian Andersen, or maybe the brilliant scientist Niels Bohr, who discovered the atomic theory, or probably rock band Metallica’s drummer Lars Ulrich, but I found Denmark between the pages of a Jules Verne book titled A Journey to the Center of the Earth.

The book, which I read over and over from the age of 15, told how Professor Lidenbrock and his nephew Axel, the main characters of the story, took their preparations here before moving to isolated Iceland where their journey began. (lebih…)

Living Above The Arctic Circle April 19, 2008

Posted by finallywoken in Around The World.
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This article is written by
Mulia Nurhasan, the blog owner of
My Process of Learning.


See the picture above? Beautiful isn’t it? C’on..you have got to admit. And I didn’t take it from a tourism site or top of a mountain. It’s just from my window, few minutes ago 😀 , 2.22 PM local time.

I live in Tromso, they say it’s the capital of the north. Capital, yea rite, we are only 64,782 people here. Hehe. It’s 300 km above the arctic circle. Do you know what that means? It means during summer, we have no moon and during winter we have no sun. AT ALL!!!


Little Known Facts About Belgium April 19, 2008

Posted by finallywoken in Around The World.
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This article is written by
Rima Fauzi M.A., the blog owner of A Chocoholic’s Piece of Mind.

When people think of Europe, they usually think Paris, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Geneva or Vienna. Most Indonesian visiting Europe will most likely visit those cities and pass those, albeit lovely, but less famous or even somewhat obscure.

I live in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, a gem located between the Netherlands, France, Luxembourg and Germany. This is one of the less famous European cities people should visit besides the five above.

Besides being the country’s capital, Brussels is also the capital of the European Union, the heart of Europe. Although Belgium is not famous for a lot of things except maybe for its’ waffles, Brussels sprouts, beers and chocolate, it is the home of many great things and people. Among many are the legendary Jacques Brel, Django Reindhardt, Toots Thielemans and my favorite detective, Hercule Poirot.