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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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Montfermeil street market

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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International meetings

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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Playing in the park near the Eiffel Tower

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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Canada Day in Ottawa

Canada Day is not a Hallmark creation!

Today is Canada Day and being a Canadian native living in the United States I have been fielding many questions about the holiday. A lot of my friends are aware that it is Canada Day (it’s on their calendars, or Canadian friends living here in the Deep South have wished them a happy one), but […]

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Cinco de Mayo

A toast to Cinco de Mayo

Today is Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday that takes place annually on the fifth of May. Here in the United States Cinco de Mayo is widely celebrated, even by those not of Mexican or Mexican-American origin – this evening great numbers of people will be eating Mexican food, listening to festive Mexican music, drinking […]

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