7 Valuable Skills You Need for Travel in Shanghai


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Shanghai is a fun place for someone who craves for multicultural experiences. It’s the most international city in China. Yet, despite it being the most “cultured” city in China, there are still many things that shock me from time to time. I acquired some life hacks after a month living in Shanghai, and I have…

The 2015 Greek Referendum: When I was in Athens.


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I took off from Hong Kong, transferred in Moscow, and landed in Athens on June 28, 2015. I saw the ATM at the airport had the longest lines I had seen when I met up with my friend R who is hosting me for my first week in Greece. I didn’t understand why people seemed…

Tarator: Bulgarian Cold Cucumber Yogurt Soup (Vegan)


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Before I visited the Balkans, I didn’t know what to expect when it comes to food. I soon learned that Balkan cuisine not always, but usually, consists of lots of meat. Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised when I had the opportunity to participate in a vegetarian/vegan food walking tour while in Sofia, Bulgaria and had…

Kaviar: My Favourite Swedish Delight


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Before I started dating Jim, (who is Swedish,) my knowledge of Swedish food all came from what IKEA has in their store restaurant: Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy, and lingonberry sauce. I also know the term “fika” in which the general meaning is having tea or coffee and pastry with a friend or colleague (read…

5 Steps to Creating Your First Teaching Philosophy


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Teaching philosophy is one of the most immediate ways to give your prospective employer or student parents an idea of your teaching style and what you can offer in your lessons. It’s an important piece of information every professional music educator needs to have in their profile. It’s not always, but often requested when you…