Friendships keep us healthy, positive, and inspired - especially during the cold and lonely winter. Make sure to show your friends gratitude in little ways as much as you can. Tag a friend who keeps you healthy and happy 😊 👭
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A night of expat woman in Beirut. 🇨🇭🇺🇸 🇨🇦 🇮🇹 🇱🇧 🇸🇾 were all represented! ....Because sometimes you need to be around people who get it, who knows what it’s like to be a foreigner just like you are...
If you plan on going to Thailand, here are some things to keep in mind.
Don't point your feet: Pointing your feet at someone, or simply putting your feet on a desk etc are considered extremely rude in Thailand. The bottoms of feet are dirty, don't show them to people! Avoid pointing feet at Buddhas. When sitting on the ground, be mindful about showing your feet.
Don't point: Pointing at someone is considered rude in many cultures but particularly so in Thailand.
Don't disrespect the king: Never disrespect the king or images of the king, this includes currency, his picture appears on the Thai baht. Disrespect toward the king can actually land you in prison.
Remove your shoes: As in many Asian cultures, removing your shoes before entering a temple or visiting someone's home is essential.
Return a wai: The wai is Thailand's prayer-like gesture with the hands together in front and head slightly bowed. We did this a lot to respect the Thai people, when we said hi or thank you. etc.
Show respect to monks: You will encounter many monks in places such as Chiang Mai, treat them with respect.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: Remember that you’re visiting Thailand and that they don’t need to speak English.Learn some Thai, they really appreciate it. Also, respect and accept the rules. A lady was complaining that the guards made her change into pants while visiting at the temple. The temple is a sacred place, cover your body! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Take me back to this stunning piece of land! Being at camp brings back some good travel memories like my time spent in Bolivia.
This photo here was taken together with my dear friend Amparo in front of El Cristo de la Concordia in Cochabamba, where I lived for about half a year.
Traveling is always such an inspiring experience and I can’t wait to go back catching up with some beautiful souls.
Definitely need to pick up my Spanish again (why is it so easy to lose a language after learning it so hard?!). Do you have a place you would like to go back to?
Hello from the IC office!
We wanted to make an announcement to the IC community about the leadership change. Karen Moyars (4th from the left) @karensabsurdart has been the IC Executive Director from 2014 and since she joined, the IC buildings have seen dramatic changes and upgrades. With her grant-writing skills and connections to the community, the IC has benefitted in many ways to continue the mission to bring communities together. We thank her for her dedication and leadership for 4 years and wish her the best with her community newspaper ! Soo Shin (far left) @sooismyname, who has been serving as Board Treasurer since 2014 and Finance officer since 2016, will be the new Executive Director and she hopes to continue the mission and promote ways to bring people together in our diverse communities with Assistant Director, Caressa @cookingwithcaressa. If any comments or questions, please email at [email protected]