Category Archives: Friendship

Cultural Differences in Being a Guest or a Host

Was talking with a friend yesterday who has a close friend in Spain. My friend wants to go visit her elderly friend but the older lady has discouraged her coming because she has had some health problems and doesn’t feel … Continue reading

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The Simple Things

Almost everyone I know is distressed. About the world. About politics in whatever country they reside or are from. In the past several months, and not discounting the impact of shocking result of the US election and the distressing choices … Continue reading

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The Most Wonderful Pork Roast

Well. If I do say so myself, the pork roast I made a few days ago was quite remarkable. It was a boneless pork shoulder, which I confess I had not ever cooked before, and, given that we were having … Continue reading

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Food and community

It’s interesting  how community is so often built around food. Breaking bread together is the way we form relationships and bond. The people I know the best are the people with whom I’ve eaten, whether that’s lunch, breakfast, dinner, or just … Continue reading

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Friendship in Different Cultures

Intercultural friendship is a great way to learn about another culture and share about one’s own and is, therefore, a natural way to build cultural bridges. But if and when the friendship deepens, and is sustained, undoubtedly there will be … Continue reading

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Beyond Kumbaya

Bridging cultures on the surface may sound very sweet and reminiscent of sitting around a campfire in a cheap wine-induced fog singing kumbaya and swaying to the music, arms linked together. I don’t think it’s possible to truly begin to … Continue reading

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