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How to Become an Expert in Foreign News?

I have been offered a somewhat prestigious job in foreign news. I have been working in other areas of journalism for the last decade, but am not particularly well versed in international news. So I am looking to bone up on, basically, the entire history of the world, all of its current political leaders/conflicts, geography, current expert thinkers/critics on regional international questions. Aside from getting a world map shower curtain, what else should I be doing? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Sep 14, 2014 - 16 answers

Can you name some international careers, please?

I am in the middle of deciding what I want to do with my life, and I need your help. It has to be something I can do in several countries or remotely (free-lance is only possible if I can still get a visa.) [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Sep 11, 2014 - 15 answers

I am in the UK. Recipient is in the US. How to send her Amazon books?

I am in the UK and have a UK amazon account. My recipient is in the US. How should I send her books? The books are available on the US website - can I save money and shipping by having them sent from the US? if so how can I do that from my UK amazon account? Thanks, I fail at googling this!
posted by Mistress on Aug 30, 2014 - 10 answers

Shipping a significant quantity of books from US to UK. How? How much?

I'm moving soon (UK Home Office and God willing) from the US to England. I will be there for roughly 3 years, give or take, and am hoping that I can have a portion of my substantial amount of books there with me. Previous suggestions on shipping indicate USPS M-bags as the go-to choice, but USPS no longer offers anything but air service on media bags, pushing the cost to around $175 for 44 lbs. This is more than I want to spend. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by still bill on Aug 11, 2014 - 7 answers

What are the best associations for development and politics?

I've been making the transition into international development and am looking to join a relevant association. Which should I join? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Jul 21, 2014 - 1 answer

Tips for Relocating Back to Sydney

My wife and I left Sydney 3 years ago as newlyweds, and we will soon be returning with 2 young children (currently 2 years and 1 month old). When we left we had family and friends there, now they have all pretty much departed. I'm looking for any relocation tips in general, but in particular around temporary accommodation for when we arrive, buying a house worth of furniture, transport and other logistical things. [more inside]
posted by Admira on Jul 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Why do some people write "1950ies", "1980ies", etc?

I would write "1950s" or "1980s", and this is universal among native English speakers, so far as I am aware. In international contexts, however, I sometimes observe that people whose English spelling is otherwise flawless will consistently write "1950ies" or "1980ies", which reads to me like it has an extra syllable. Where does this convention come from, and what linguistic background makes it sound like a reasonable way to contract these numbers? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Jun 19, 2014 - 11 answers

Sending Small Package NYC -> London

What's the cheapest way to send a small-ish (<5lb, maybe 6"x6"x6") box from NYC to London (for delivery to a lab with a receptionist) within a week or less? I could easily price USPS, UPS, and FEDEX, but I've heard there are smaller int'l carriers.
posted by Quisp Lover on May 30, 2014 - 1 answer

What cheap prepaid phone is good for travel between USA and Canada?

I need a prepaid "burner" phone for work in the USA later this year. However, I will need one that works in Canada as well, which was not an option the last time I was traveled with one. [more inside]
posted by zaelic on May 25, 2014 - 3 answers

Oral B electric toothbrush charger compatibility

I currently own an Oral B electric toothbrush with charger unit #3757, 110-130V, 1.3W. I'm moving to Malaysia soon which has the 240V/50Hz power, so I got someone to bring me a new fancy Oral B from the UK which has the same electric supply. This comes with a charger that is also labeled #3757 but says 220-240V 0.9W. So my question is, can I safely charge the new toothbrush with the old charger until I leave the US? Or will the slightly higher powered charger fry it?
posted by hibbersk on May 22, 2014 - 3 answers

Jburg me!

I will be spending three days in Johannesburg, South Africa at the end of June. I don't know a thing about South Africa or Johannesburg, so what should I do with myself? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on May 16, 2014 - 7 answers

Paris in June for a Month - Help!

Flat for entirety of June in Paris, with my British sister meeting me in Deauville for two days. I haven't left the USA since before 9/11, and my partner hasn't since he was a kid. I need ALL THE ADVICE: apps to help, other day trips, is Italy feasible sans car, June weather, language sites -- I am combing MeFi but am just overwhelmed, and fearful older content is out of date. Help! [more inside]
posted by Locative on May 8, 2014 - 23 answers

Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, its bobsled time!

Asides from the Jamaican bobsled team, which other international competitors or talents are involved in pursuits that seem like a highly unlikely match given their nationality or location? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 17, 2014 - 24 answers

Shipping a set of china to internationally

My mother is giving me her china. She and the china are in the US. The destination is Australia. Can you recommend a shipping company that specializes in international shipping of fragile items like this who will come pack it all up for her? If you don't have specific recommendations, are there things to look for/ask about when I talk to shipping companies? Are there other issues I should consider?
posted by olinerd on Mar 30, 2014 - 8 answers

This is not a scam. Asking for a wire to an international address.

Mom, who only communicates through e-mail but has a distinctive style and insider information (so I know it's Mom), is traveling in the UK until 4/8/2014. She thought the lost her debit and credit card so she cancelled them. Now she has only her cash which won't get her all the way there. My challenge: figure out (with your help!) the best way to get her some funds so she can enjoy the trip. [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Mar 18, 2014 - 35 answers

How do I help someone Overseas build credit in the US?

How do I build someone's credit while they are overseas and not a US citizen? I am getting married to someone who is Japanese (in about 5 months) and lives in Japan right now. Because I know we will one day want to buy a house, I want to start building her credit as soon as possible because I know that it is easier to get a loan with two people signing instead of one. [more inside]
posted by locussst on Mar 4, 2014 - 10 answers

What should I buy my new-mom best friend in Canada, from here in the US?

My best friend had a baby this morning! Only she lives in British Columbia, and I'm in Missouri. [more inside]
posted by slenderloris on Feb 21, 2014 - 4 answers

Recommendations for Irish SIM card for American

I will be traveling to Dublin, Ireland frequently in the next 6 mos - year and I need to find an appropriate SIM vendor. I have done a ton of research but I am still hamstrung in terms of concrete advice. Here is what I know: I have unlocked my old iPhone 4 for this purpose. My husband and I have AT&T for our stateside smartphone service. My mother has Verizon (my preschooler will be with her). I will use the phone to call my husband and daughter nightly (probably two separate calls) and I will want some data coverage for navigation, texting, etc. I would prefer not to initiate any kind of contract until after the first trip. Any recommendations? TIA.
posted by wildeepdotorg on Jan 25, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me decide where to go on vacation.

I need advice on how to best plan my international vacation. Package deal or self made? Eastern Europe, Africa or Middle East? Someplace safe and easy to find my way around. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jan 14, 2014 - 18 answers

Intercontinental Travel. Difficulty Level: 1 Year Old Baby

As my BIL is going to get married in late June in Israel, we've started to consider how myself, my husband and son can all attend with the least amount of hassle. Is it even possible? Baby snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Jan 9, 2014 - 21 answers

Around the World in Eighty Pages

I am trying to read my way around the globe. Can you please recommend me international fiction/memoirs that frame the contemporary culture, customs, and values of the country that it is set in? [more inside]
posted by sevenofspades on Dec 30, 2013 - 13 answers

Int student finishing MFA, possibly obtain one-year working pass...

I'm a semester away from finishing my MFA in San Francisco and I'm looking for advice on how to start job-searching especially as a (about to be former) international student. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Where should I go for international mobile research?

I work in product marketing for a mobile company. As 2013 draws to a close, I am thinking about strategies for growth in 2014. One big area is ramping up international growth. I am currently in the information gathering phrase. I am reading up a lot on mobile and international markets. I would love to travel and gather information to accomplish the following goals: [more inside]
posted by pando11 on Dec 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Etiquette for contacting possible post-doc opportunity

I'm about to finish my PhD this coming Spring in the U.S., and although the funding I received was specifically for creating "practitioners" I'd actually like to sharpen my research and publication skills via a post-doc. The thing is, most researchers in my area are in the U.K. How do I introduce myself to them? [more inside]
posted by absquatulate on Dec 19, 2013 - 5 answers

so much for trip of a lifetime

In a few hours I'm about to board a flight that was supposed to include my girlfriend. except she broke up with me last month and now I'm flying alone and demoralized. How do I not make this trip suck more than it already does? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 11, 2013 - 10 answers

What is it like to work for an international exchange student company?

Anyone have experience working as a coordinator/host family recruiter for a international exchange student company like this one, International Experience? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell on Dec 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Pranks for nothing: anonymous, international version.

For the last day, my phone has been targeted by the "have two random cellphones call each other simultaneously and see what happens when someone picks up" prank, similar to what is available through websites I won't advertise here. (Google, "have two phones call each other prank." Yes, I looked up the 4 I could find, and registered on all of them to have my number blocked....it's still happening.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2013 - 6 answers

Cheddar for Christmas

I am mailing my friends a package for Christmas. They live in Africa; I'm in the US. They asked for cheddar cheese (among other things). How do I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Nov 18, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for globetrotting (non-news) podcasts

I'd like to expand my podcast listening horizons a bit--as in geographically and culturally. Are there any podcasts that regularly go globetrotting for their non-news stories? Makes regular attempts to be less WEIRD? Radio Netherlands Worldwide for example had the environmentally themed Earth Beat and a TALish The State We're In. They were both amazing, but canceled due to budget cuts. I'm also on a crime and mysteries kick, so something like Interpol's greatest hits podcast (they don't AFAIK) would be awesome.
posted by jyorraku on Nov 14, 2013 - 4 answers

Moving to Belgium. What do I need to think about?

This is a pretty big question but there are two essential parts to it: the things I need to think about when moving, and those I need to consider for living there for a reasonable length of time (18 months probably). [more inside]
posted by fearnothing on Oct 21, 2013 - 11 answers

T-Mobile phone with international roaming

Apologies for the probable stupidity of this question: I want to take my locked T-Mobile phone to Ireland for a couple weeks and use it as a camera, and for internet access where there is wifi. No calls, no texting. Can I do this without incurring outrageous international roaming charges? Or does just, like, turning it on overseas set in motion the roaming charges? Thanks.
posted by CheeseLouise on Sep 11, 2013 - 14 answers

What's the best short term/least hassle cell phone data plan?

A friend is visiting from Brazil and is bringing his iphone 4s with him. He wants to use it while he's here. What's the least painful way to make that happen? [more inside]
posted by msali on Sep 10, 2013 - 12 answers

teach me to be rich - expat edition

Recommend me some resources to educate myself about long-term financial planning. Difficulty: international couple, moving to third country, no idea where or when we will establish a permanent residence. [more inside]
posted by homuncula on Sep 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Legal Career Advice

I am looking for some career advice regarding search techniques and information about non-traditional legal jobs that I may be overlooking. I am interested in international law, environmental law, administrative law, and trade and investment law. I have work experience in international law and have also lived and studied abroad. Prior to law school I worked in finance for four years (my undergraduate degree is in international finance), I am located in the Northeast, and I am awaiting results from the bar exam which I took this past July. [more inside]
posted by allthingsconsidered on Sep 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Living in Uruguay

We are wondering about Uruguay as a destination for living overseas and are curious as to what the living conditions are there. [more inside]
posted by ladoo on Aug 29, 2013 - 5 answers

U.S. citizen moving to Canada needs bank account

What's the easiest, best, and cheapest way for a U.S. citizen moving to Toronto to get a Canadian bank account? Ideally before I arrive, if that is possible. [more inside]
posted by grouse on Aug 21, 2013 - 24 answers

Bottle returns - international

Does it make ecological sense to return glass bottles from Switzerland to Belgium for re-use? [more inside]
posted by eurandom on Aug 7, 2013 - 10 answers

medical tourism? what's it all about?

I'm interested in exploring medical tourism for a few procedures (some significant dental work, breast reduction, hair removal), but I don't know where to start. Please help me learn more about this trend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2013 - 8 answers

Trip to Italy, 6 week duration, 80+ year old user. Need pointers.

My mother is travelling to Italy (lots of relatives there) and would like to have basic cell phone access while there. I need to work out the details before she leaves in September. [more inside]
posted by lampshade on Jul 23, 2013 - 10 answers

THE ABYSS AWAITS; BRING ME UNKNOWN FRUITS FROM THE FURTHEST NATIONS

Non-Americans! I'm beefing up my to-read pile (especially on my kindle), and I would like suggests of Great Classics of Your National Literature that would typically be assigned in secondary school. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Jul 21, 2013 - 31 answers

Text and calls for an iPhone 5 in four countries

I have an unlocked iPhone 5 with Verizon. (It is verifiably unlocked for foreign SIM card use -- and yes, even though it is Verizon it does have GSM as well as CDMA). I'm looking for advice on how to travel with it to four countries, with the ability to receive/send calls and texts. I'd like to buy and use one SIM card only. And I want to be sure that I don't use any data, which gets expensive. So the question boils down to: (1) Keep the iPhone or ditch it for my unlocked travel phone? (2) Use the Verizon international plan, or buy an offering from Telestial, Global, etc.? More inside. [more inside]
posted by bchaplin on Jul 21, 2013 - 15 answers

Are there full service movers that do very small moves in Stockholm?

This would be an international move, Stockholm to San Francisco. I do not have very many things, but some of it is unwieldy enough that I'd love to have movers treat it right, and I will get some relocation money to do so. In the states, this isn't too hard to find, but I'm not sure who to contact out here. I'd really appreciate any suggestions. I'm asking anonymously because I haven't given my notice yet.
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Cheap(er) international book/media shipping?

I need to ship a bunch of books internationally; is there a better option than USPS M-bags? [more inside]
posted by beerbajay on Jul 16, 2013 - 5 answers

What should I see in Seattle's International District?

I have a day to kill in Seattle. I want to try the International District. What are your favorite things there? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Jul 14, 2013 - 21 answers

Accidentally travelling through Vietnam: please explain visas to me!

I'm flying from Australia to Europe with Vietnam airlines. I think I might have a hidden domestic leg of the flight in Vietnam on the way there, or maybe on both routes. My travel agent says I don't need a visa for this domestic flight. I suspect he is wrong. Has anyone done this flight before who can give me more info? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jul 6, 2013 - 17 answers

F'in international areas, how do they work?

So Edward Snowden is presumably stranded in the international transit area of the Moscow Airport. I understand this, and understand what international transit areas are (mainly) and why they exist. What I don't understand is how they actually work... [more inside]
posted by wrok on Jul 4, 2013 - 9 answers

A phone smart enough to cross the Atlantic?

I am in the U.S. and in need of a new smartphone. Catch is that I am temporarily relocating to Europe in a few months, for 9-18 months. Do I sign a contract? Buy a phone and switch to a European provider when I get there? What kind of phone do I get? [more inside]
posted by ista on Jun 29, 2013 - 8 answers

In need of advice to start my job search in economics/commerce jobs.

I've just finished my masters in International Relations and am going to kick off my job start in earnest from next week. I have questions about where I should be looking for work, what options might be open to me, and would appreciate some advice. [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi on Jun 16, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me pick an awesome travel destination

I'd like to go someplace new - what country/region should I explore this summer? Time, money, and the need to get away and rethink some things are all coming together for me right now. I've never planned my own international travel. [more inside]
posted by squasher on Jun 15, 2013 - 8 answers

Cheapest way to get UK cell service with US phone

My husband and I are traveling to London later this week for a 10-day trip (yay!). For part of the trip I'm going to be at a conference, and he will be doing some work things, so we need to be able to get in touch with each other, either via voice calls or text. I'm trying to figure out the cheapest way to accomplish this. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Jun 10, 2013 - 10 answers

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