rio-carnival-2013-unidos-de-vila-isabel-53Last week I was lucky enough to watch the famous Bolshoi Ballet perform Swan Lake, and personally I would consider it to be an experience that should be included in the “once in a lifetime events” if you are able to. So this then triggered the question, what else should be included?

In no particular order here are some of the world’s best cultural activities (and strictly my opinion only!)

Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre, London England
A very unique open-air theatre that was re-constructed to reflect where the playwright’s greatest works were performed during the 16th century

Rio Carnival, Rio Brazil
Held in Rio de Janeiro it is considered the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day on the streets

Tea Ceremony, Kyoto Japan
Chado (“tea ceremony”) is a traditional ritual influenced by Zen Buddhism

Guggenheim Art Museum, New York USA
A New York institution and one of the world’s best-known art galleries

Opera at the Fondazione Arena, Verona Italy
Around 150 performances of five operas and a ballet between mid-June and the end of August every year

Thai Cooking Class, Chiang Mai Thailand
Surrounded by picturesque rice paddy fields, learn to cook amazing dishes from from Thai Master Chef’s

Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow Russia
Iconic Swan Lake in the famous theatre, where it was originally performed in 1877

So what is your must-do cultural experience?


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Looking to move overseas to work?

There are positives and negatives in all countries, so just what might seal the deal for you and where should you go?

According to a recent survey by HSBC ( Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam will give you the biggest bang for your buck, as the cost of living is the lowest in these three countries.

Germany tops the position in the Raising Children Abroad when looking at factors such as education costs, quality of childcare, health and experience. Singapore ranks second in this area, and comes in first as the safest place to live.

Beware on the tax front if you are moving to Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, France or the UK as these countries may have you ending up worse off – with combination of lower earning potential coupled with higher expenses and likelihood to pay more personal tax rate than at home.

And the number 1 overall may surprise you!


So where would you choose to live?