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Cups of coffee on a round table in various shades due to creamer.
29
Aug

Qahwah, Anyone?

A recent museum opening in Dubai seeks to combine our favorite things here at CAI, coffee and culture. Khalid Al Mulla, a Dubai-based coffee trader, is the founder and curator of the Middle East’s very first coffee museum, the Dubai Coffee Museum, now open to tourists and coffee enthusiasts alike. Ever since being cultivated in …

9
Jul

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

In 2008, when the US housing bubble burst, the effects were felt worldwide. Banks collapsed, economies went into a tailspin and too many people lost their homes. As the real estate market saw housing prices plummet, the relocation industry had to reevaluate many practices revolving around home sale for assignees. Effective January 2014, the Consumer …

Global entry kiosk
3
Jul

The US Global Entry Program

Traveling internationally is perceived as glamorous or adventurous.  Coming home, not so much.   Fatigue and over exposure to confined spaces can leave the best of us looking like our passport photo.  After a long trip, the long lines one encounters in the Customs department can sap the glamour out of traveling.  Recently, however, the US …

Map pf Thailand
22
May

Military Coup in Thailand

Relocating internationally has many challenges for an assignee and any accompanying family members.  From housing and utilities to understanding local values and customs, these problems can seem insurmountable at times.  For assignees going to and already in Thailand, this process just got a lot more complicated. Effective 4:30 pm on May 22, the Royal Thai …

8
May

What is the Eurovision Song Contest

This Saturday, 10 May 2014 many people throughout the world will be paying close attention to the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Grand Final.  The Eurovision Song Contest is essentially a European competition where participating countries each enter one musical act to represent their country.  This contest, established in 1956, predates American Idol, Pop Idol, and …

1
Apr

Driver’s License Rule Change

In New Jersey, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) locations are now accepting driver’s licenses from China as long as they are translated into English. Under the old system, an expat from China would have to take and pass a written test and a road test before receiving an American driver’s license. Now, a Chinese …

Aerial view of Switzerland
25
Feb

Exchanging a foreign driver’s license in Switzerland

Exchanging a foreign driver’s license in Switzerland:         Switzerland recognizes foreign driver’s license and people can drive for the first 12 months with their existing license (an International Driver’s license is needed when the language of the driver’s license is not recognized by the Swiss authorities.) After 12 months people need to …

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