Why Vietnam is not the obvious choice, but still great for expats
Jun20

Why Vietnam is not the obvious choice, but still great for expats

When considering which country to move to, many expats from Western countries will immediately look to nations like Switzerland. Ranked in the top ten for quality of life, quality of environment and transport infrastructure, it’s an obvious choice. But, with a high cost of living and a familiar culture, many expats might do better by considering the road less travelled. Choosing a country with a distinctive, yet different, culture to...

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Effects Of Medical Marijuana On Seizures
Oct27

Effects Of Medical Marijuana On Seizures

Medical Marijuana has a number of uses. It can be used to do everything from treat pain to curbing hunger and nausea. However, the medical and scientific world have been experimenting with medical marijuana and cannabis oil to see what kind of effects it could have on seizures. Does Medical Marijuana Help Unfortunately, there is no hard evidence to show that it helps with seizures. Some people have had some measure of success using...

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Surviving the Minnesota Winter
Mar14

Surviving the Minnesota Winter

For those of you that have been following my life of travels, will know that I have been in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the past 7 months. We are now in March and the weather is finally changing for the better. The winter months in Minnesota have been some of the most difficult times I have faced not only inside the UK but also outside. We had temperatures of minus 20 for several consecutive days on occasions, added with the dark...

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My Car Rental Experience
Mar10

My Car Rental Experience

When we first arrived in Minneapolis from the UK the initial idea was to hire a car for a short period whilst we found our feet in the city and then subsequently look for a longer-term option.  The options available to us were to either to purchase a new or used car or in fact lease a car on 24 month contract. Surely hiring a car is expensive and not cost-effective? Well, my experience has been slightly different than most. Options In...

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Buying a Repossessed Apartment in the UK
Mar09

Buying a Repossessed Apartment in the UK

I recently tried to purchase an apartment in Manchester without success, the main reason being that the property was a repossessed one and the issues that come with it. The property itself was at a great price, almost £10,000 lower than others listed in the same complex. Other apartments, albeit with better furnishings and at a ground floor level were almost 40k higher. My plan was simple, put an offer in and set up the mortgage ready...

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No Clothes Tax in Minnesota!
Feb09

No Clothes Tax in Minnesota!

Minnesota is definitely not known for it’s fashion but it is starting to be known for the fact that there is zero % tax on clothes. Whilst zero tax might not seem much, on a shopping basket of let’s say $300 this saves between $15 and $40 compared to other states. Minnesota is one of only 10 states that has this tax exemption on clothes and this makes going to the mall much easier for me. Whilst in the UK tax is put on the...

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