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A St. Patrick’s Day limerick

St. Patrick’s Day is coming! St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday for me and many others; for me, part of the reason I like the day is because I finally get to wear my ridiculously green Guinness polo shirt that I bought the last time I visited the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. It’s not […]

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Pancake races on Shrove Tuesday

What is Shrove Tuesday?

Today is the Tuesday before the beginning of Lent; in England, today is called Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Tuesday. While some sources mention that Shrove Tuesday is commonly celebrated in other English speaking countries, I’ve spent most of my life living in either Canada or the United States and I’ve never heard to it referred […]

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A packing list for a business trip

If you’re working as a project manager, software trainer or business consultant, it’s likely that you have to travel from time to time to client offices for on-site client visits. I know I do – in fact, as I type this I’m sitting in Terminal 3 of Toronto’s Pearson Airport, preparing to board a plane […]

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At the European street market

The other month I wrote about visiting a night market in Asia; in Penang, Malaysia to be specific. Today I’m going to talk about a different market, this one in Europe. Europe is famous for its local street markets – a lot of commerce goes on in the streets in the various countries of the […]

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Penang night market

Visiting an Asian night market

Last week I spent a week in Malaysia, in the city (and island) of Penang to be precise. While I was there I ate some great food, saw some historic sites, and even got to take a few close-up pictures of monkeys and their babies at the Penang Botanic Gardens. While I was in Malaysia […]

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April Fish in France

Now that I’m living here in Paris, I’ve learned that there are several differences between the way that we celebrate certain holidays in North America, and the way that people celebrate those same holidays here in France or throughout the rest of Europe. As the month of March came to a close, I wondered to […]

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Brian Crawford in Taiwan

Four more tips for world travelers

A while back I posted three tips for traveling the world. Today I’m going to introduce four more tips. And of course, I am always interested in hearing about even more tips for making traveling the globe more enjoyable; let me know if you have any! Tip 4: Travel light When you’re traveling, try not […]

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Five tips for hosting international conference calls

Recently I’ve become the project manager of an international project with participants spread throughout six different countries on three separate continents: North America, Europe and Asia. We have been meeting to discuss a variety of different requirements documents, and for an international project team meeting means coming together from wherever (and whenever!) we are in […]

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Too much stuff!

Downsizing – how to get rid of everything you own

Last year, just before Christmas, my husband got a new job where he will be working as a project manager in France, and managing projects throughout Europe and some parts of Asia. The job required him to be in Paris by the end of January; however, as part of his job he also needed to […]

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Three tips for traveling the world

I’ve been known to do some traveling now and then… I have one British and one Canadian parent, both fond of experiencing the world, so as a kid I managed to make it to Europe and various parts of the United States and Canada, and for a summer I even lived (and worked as a […]

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