Author: Overseas American

Dubai Creates Frame for Picture-Perfect Views

Many tourists visit city destinations for the breathtaking views, so Dubai built a frame for theirs. The gilded frame that opened on January 1st served as a “New Year’s gift” from the United Arab Emirate metropolis to the public. While the frame-shaped building could be an attraction all its own, visitors can explore the numerous attractions within. Reaching New Heights Dubai’s newest attraction features four sides that make up the frame, with nothing in the middle to obstruct the view. The top border is actually a bridge standing 150-meters high (about 492 feet, roughly 50 stories if each floor...

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February is Italy’s Month of Carnival

  If you’re planning a trip to Italy, consider visiting during the month of February. Citizens throughout the country host carnivals that run from January 6th (the day of Epiphany, sometimes called Three Kings’ Day) until the beginning of Lent (46 days before Easter Sunday). Italy’s modern carnivals honor traditions and historical events that go back hundreds of years. While you’ll have to move fast to book a flight overseas for 2018, there’s plenty of time to visit these carnivals next year. Standing the Test of Time Today’s carnivals evolved from ancient Roman celebration of the new year, called...

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Mahjong: A Chinese Game Popular With Some Americans

    Mahjong Has Crossed Cultural and Generational Boundaries   Playing a board game from another country or culture could start a conversation about history. While games seem frivolous, they reflect how people thought and acted at the height of their popularity. In 2013, a Stanford doctoral candidate proposed that mahjong helped form Chinese American and Jewish American communities throughout the twentieth century. A Brief History of Mahjong Mahjong first appeared in Shanghai, China almost two-hundred years ago. While created in the middle or late eighteen hundreds, it didn’t take hold in the United States until decades later. Both...

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Airbnb Crackdown in Paris

    New Law Threatens Short-Term Rentals in Paris   Many of today’s travelers find rooms with Airbnb, a website that connects property owners with vacationing renters. Foreigners can skip the pricey chain hotel and take in local culture, while owners can rent out their homes when not using them. On the surface it might seem like a win-win for all…except maybe the host city. Top destination, Paris, is experiencing downsides to Airbnb popularity. Where did All the Locals Go? It’s probably not surprising that The City of Light is one of the most sought-after destinations on Airbnb. This...

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Moving to Italy? Don’t Forget About Healthcare

When most people imagine moving to Italy, they dream of the astounding culture and legendary food. They probably don’t fantasize about signing up for a healthcare plan. Even though foreigners would rather focus on the fun reasons for relocating abroad, reality will hit hard the first time they need to see a doctor. Know how the system works so you don’t have to miss a single ristorante. The Basics Americans moving to Italy will be relieved to learn about their National Health Service (or SSN Servizio Sanitario Nazionale. National income taxes provide high-quality care for every citizen. This also...

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