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Jewelry inspired by different sceneries

A few days ago I went to the launch of new Analogie Jewelry collection ‘A Piece of Earth’. Event was held at cozy MICA coffee bar in Haarlem which was very suitable venue for it. Its designer Nahla already had collections inspired by traveling and different cultures (you can see more about her story here). But, this one really stands out with its simplicity and amazing reflection of motifs in jewelry. Nahla found inspiration in five different locations; Ethiopia, China, Australia, Turkey and the North pole. She then looked for gems that are trully representing colors and shapes of its sceneries. It is…

Vivian Chiona: The lessons I learned in Bali

For me, traveling is always inspiring. It teaches you how to be open to differences. You also learn so much about other cultures and, of course, about yourself. Here is a guest post from Vivian Chiona, psychologist and founder of Expat Nest, where she helps expats with the challenges and struggles of a mobile life. In 2014, Vivian took a solo trip to Bali and felt totally inspired. Here she writes about the two most moving insights she had there: “In the summer of 2014, I went on a solo voyage to Bali. The trip was challenging, but it was…

Cultural workshop ‘Amsterdam City Guide’

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Last week I had a great pleasure to deliver presentation ‘Amsterdam City Guide’, in one of the biggest online travel agencies in the world – Booking.com. Presentation was organized in its headquarters in a very center of Amsterdam. Since a lot of employees of this international company are expats living in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, main goal of the workshop was to familiarize them more with the city they are living in. Many researches shows that traveling and getting better knowledge of a new culture helps expats with stress relief, transition, prevention of depression…

Expat stories: Nahla’s Analogie

Travelling can inspire you in many ways, especially if you were moving and travelling since you were a kid. Started her expat life in a young age, Nahla El-Gizawy truly is a global nomad. And she uses it in a best possible way – by making art of it. Founder of Analogie Jewelry, Nahla is looking for inspiration for her collections all around the world, in nature, under the sea or in a great diversity of world cultures. Being a global nomad, my personality, values and skills are of a quite diverse mix. I have been travelling my whole life…

Expat stories: Sofia Garefi

Living in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, traveling abroad, taking great photos of destinations while visiting them and getting paid for it. It is a secret desire for a lot of people. Well, this all is happening to Sofia, professional photographer and interior designer, originally from Greece, currently living as an expat in The Netherlands. # Tell me how it all started? How did you become an expat? I grew up, studied and worked in my hometown in Greece, Thessaloniki, but I always had the inherent desire to experience life abroad. Then one summer, I had been accepted for an…