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Glo'Buzz October/November 2009

Paguro newsletter - Issue #6 - October/November 2009 - To stay on top of everything expat

 Glo'Buzz keeps you up-to-date on worldwide events, travel advisories, news, information, and more!

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Welcome to the October/November issue which highlights the way some things are done in Australia, Mexico and Nigeria.  


- Travel updates
- Health updates
- NEW - My truth about living in...
- Expat survival guide
- Paguro BuZz


Luggage allowances have changed so much over the last year, and not to the benefit of travelers, that it pays to check out each airline's allowance before you buy your tickets!

Packing lightly is not a common habit and airlines, struggling with dwindling passengers and higher operating costs are looking at every possibility to close the gaps on their earnings, reducing weight allowance as well as the number of pieces that can be checked in without paying extra.

International flights offer more generous allowances than domestic flights (in general two pieces of 20kg/44 lbs each), so make sure you verify what the cost is going to be for your excess luggage when you transfer from an international flights with two suitcases to a low cost flight which allow you only one with a lower weight allowance.

Passengers with over weight luggage will be paying for each extra kilogram or pound an astronomical price, because it is usually calculated as a percentage (in the range of 1% to 2%) of the full ticket fare per extra kg of weight, per flight.

The more generous allowances associated with travelling to and from the USA still seem to be in effect though! 


Do you have the Yellow Book ? This manual, which publishes information on the latest health risks for travellers, is produced by the CDC as a guide mainly to health professionals, but could be useful to world travellers too. The latest edition is the 2010 from Elsevier Publishing. To get a hard copy or an online edition click here.

Travelling on holiday? Make sure that you check what to be vaccinated for two months before you leave to ensure that you can get all the vaccinations you need in a timely manner! Where? Click here

When a portion of a population opt not to get vaccinated it may results in the rise of diseases that were once under control. For example, Australia is having a problem with whooping cough (read more).


We learn from others, so at Paguro we have started a new section where life experiences about starting life in a new place can be shared. We begin with a little known city in Australia. In fact where everyone has heard of Sydney, Perth and possibly Melbourne as expat destinations, what about Brisbane?

Ilse Broekaert and Shirley Ferguson share their view about living in "sunny Brissie".

Learn from an expat about this great city and what it is like to live there. As with everywhere,  it isn't always smooth sailing, however the weather can be good and the beaches are wonderful!!!

The Sun always shines in the Sunshine State
by Ilse Broekaert 
We arrived in Brisbane, my husband and I, on a cold rainy wintery day and that shattered my first preconceived image of Sunny Brissie, especially when the rain and cold continued for three entire weeks until mid-August. Therefore contrary to what you may believe, you do needwoollen jumpers and duvets in this sub-tropical climate... click here to continue

Living in Brisbane
by Shirley Ferguson 
We lived in Brisbane for nearly three years and found the culture and the way of life to be like a sunnier, friendlier Britain. There were enough similarities to make us feel quickly at home... click here to continue


Nervous about embarking on your first expat transition? Or maybe it's been a while and you're a little rusty. Let the experts help, read the article on the Top 10 coaching tips for expat transitions

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Bank Holidays - October and November

FRANCE: November 1 - All Saints's Day, November 11 - Armistice Day

GERMANY: October 3 - Day of German Unity

HONG KONG: October 1 - National Day; October 16 - Chung Yeung Festival 

HUNGARY: November 1 - All Saints' Day

INDONESIA: November 28 - Eid al-Adha 

MEXICO: November 2 - All Souls' Day, November 16 - Revolution Day

NIGERIA: October 1 - National Day November 26 - Id el Kabir, November 27 - Id el Kabir Holiday

SINGAPORE: October 17 - Deepavali  November 27 -  Hari Raya Haji

SWEDEN: November 1 - All Saints' Day

USA: October 12 - Columbus Day, November 11 - Veterans Day, November 26 - Thanksgiving Day

Itching with curiosity about bank holidays around the world? Check this site


What may be acceptable or even expected in your home country may be totally unacceptable in your host country, so find here few tips about do's and dont's in certain situations in Australia, Mexico and Nigeria.


Australia is known for its happy go lucky, laid back attitude.  Australians from all walks of life and socio-economic classes see themselves as equals and do not like it when others think they are better than they are. Thus they tend to address everyone in a similar manner. So, their plain speaking is not them being rude necessarily, it is just the way Australians communicate!

Australians like to show you are accepted by teasing you in front of the group. Making fun of someone who is not present is deemed as rude. It is very important if you are invited to have a drink with a group and someone buys you a drink that you reciprocate and also buy a 'round' or drink for everyone in the group. Not to do so is seen as taking advantage of them.


Mexicans are most conscious of professional heirarchies and so like to be formal and use professional titles. Therefore it is important not to use the title 'señor', which is for people who may not have received a college degree. If you do not know the appropriate title deserved, you should at least use 'licenciado'. These titles may be given up over time, but are of import at the beginning of any business association. 

Socially, Mexicans tend not to be on time. In fact, it can be considered rude to be punctual to social events. Arriving half an hour late is acceptable if not expected, however other people may be even an hour late. Such attitudes do not extend to business situations however. 
Wish to learn more? Click here


Nigeria is an heirarchical society where the old are revered and treated with the utmost respect.  The elderly are spoken to first, served first and turned to for advice.

Greetings are considered important and some time is taken over them. People enquire about the family's health etc.

Business is conducted very formally here so be ready to shake hands and present business cards. As a sign of professionalism and courtesy make sure you study the person's business card before you put it away. Have your titles and further degrees printed on your business cards. 

If you receive a gift, please remember to accept it with both hands (or at least only the right hand!) and do not open it right there and then. It is not customary for  you to open the gift in front of the giver! If invited to someone's house, make sure you bring a gift with you - flowers, chocolates etc.

Communication in Nigeria may be sometimes difficult as the Nigerians are not straightforward and do not always say what they think.  Body language plays a big role in communication, but not with all Nigerians, so it is a good idea to get to know the people slowly. The Nigerians do not always look directly at a person either. Do you wish to know more? Click here



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