Global Winter Wonderland!

Hello readers, 

Winter is upon us! This week, Escape Artist is celebrating what makes this world a winter wonderland! In this round-up, we find which country is working hard to maintain their wonderland, which winter events to experience in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and more.

Also, we want to remind you that Escape Artist is the number-one destination for all of your expat questions. Feel free to explore our website and drop in to ask a question. We love when you ask questions!   

Let’s get into this week’s round-up!

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Goodbye Smog!

Which country is working hard to keep the world a wonderland?

A large shipment of cargo docked in the Chilean port of San Antonio in November carried 100 electric buses from China. This is the first shipment of electric vehicles that the Chilean government is hoping will change its public transportation forever!

Santiago, the capital city of Chile, is facing a well-known smog issue. To combat the issue, the country is looking to expand their use of electric vehicles by ten times by 2022! This means integrating electric scooters, cars and taxis, and lories for the mining industry.

Susana Jimenez, energy minister, stated to Reuters that the government hopes to see electric vehicles account for 40% of private transportation and 100% of public transportation by 2050. Not only would this decrease the amount of smog and greenhouse gas emission, but maintenance costs for an electric bus are nearly 70% less than that of diesel engines.

The first fleet of buses was financed by a subsidiary of the Italian power utility Enel Generacion Chile SA. Another 100 will soon be added by French energy generation firm Engie Energia Chile SA.

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Christmas Tuscan Sunset

The holiday event you never knew you wanted.

Are you having trouble picking a destination for your winter getaway?

The Italian region of Tuscany is one of the most attractive destinations for a vacation in the coldest season of the year, according to Pinterest. In fact, there has been a 1,657% increase in searches involving Tuscany.

Why the surge in interest? It’s one of the most desired destinations to spend a holiday. Skip the dreary weather and bask in the sun and enjoy local food and wine! As the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence sees visitors every year hoping to see the Duomo and museums like the Uffizi!

Don’t stay home this holiday season! Get out and explore!

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There’s No Place Like Home

In last week’s newsletter, we reported that Germany is one of the best places to spend your Christmas. This week, one of our experts has shared with us that many people aren’t just going for the holidays, but have decided to live there full-time!

If you are interested in living in Germany full-time, check out this article by Brooke Cobb where she fills you in on all of the places expats are living in the country.

From Munich to Berlin, we dive into what makes each city a home for expats around the world. For more information about living in Germany, visit our Germany page today!

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Aaah, It’s That Time of Year for the Classic Christmas… Pickle?

Strange Christmas traditions around the world.

The holidays are in full swing, and every family celebrates the holidays in their own special way. Many exchange gifts, while some spend the day in their pajamas, keeping warm by the heat of a fireplace.

This year, I wanted to see how people from all around the world celebrate Christmas, and I found some pretty noteworthy traditions. One of my favorites is the Christmas pickle in Germany. On Christmas Eve, parents hide a pickle in the tree, and the first child to find the pickle receives a gift.Consumer Resource Guide

I’ve seen Christmas trees decorated with so many different kinds of decorations, but I’ve never seen one decorated with spiders! In the Ukraine, they do just that. Instead of the Christmas lights and ornaments most of us are used to, they decorate their trees with spiders and webs.

Christmas is known for its cheer, but in some places you can even find a little bit of FEAR! The children of Greece fear the Kallikantzaroi, a race of goblins that wreak havoc during the 12 days of Christmas. The Krampus is an evil Christmas devil who is said to harm naughty children.

And I thought Santa coming into my house to eat my cookies was scary enough.

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For more information on what’s going on in the international scene, check out some of this week’s newest articles!

Where are Expats Living in Germany?

As one of the safest countries in the world, Germany is home to many retired expats. It is ranked 16th out of 163 countries surveyed for the 2017 Global Peace Index, and its location is perfect for anyone looking for quick access to other European countries. The country is relatively large compared to some of its neighbors, which means you should be able to find a city there that suits you well, too. It all depends on where you choose to live, of course, which begs the question: Where are expats living in Germany?

Munich

Munich is a well-known modern, cosmopolitan city. It is highly popular among expats settling in Europe in general. The wide international presence in Munich allows for expats to…

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Where are Expats Living in Bulgaria?

Bulgaria is a hidden gem and appeals most to the expats who wish to live a life fully immersed in a new culture, away from the American tourist traps. The idea is to go and live in a place where the beauty, charm, and culture are not ruined by fast food chains and tourist shops selling t-shirts and keychains on every corner. Bulgaria joined the European Union, along with Romania, in January of 2007 and has since introduced a fast track residency program. The country is eager to gain capital and grow its population, and those who take notice and start looking into residency and/or citizenship now can stand to start a new life there before the process grows more complicated (as it is bound to do when it grows more popular). So that begs the question, where are expats living in Bulgaria, and what’s the lifestyle like?

Sofia

Expats living in Bulgaria often flock to its capital city of Sofia. It is the cheapest city to live in Western Europe, considering rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center is…

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UK Suspends Tier 1 Visa

UK has put its Tier 1 investor visas on moratorium since Friday, 7 December 2018. The suspension will be lifted once the changes, due in 2019, have been put in place.

The United Kingdom (UK) has long been a destination of choice for immigrants from all over the world — be it students, skilled workers, entrepreneurs, or the high net-worth individuals.

The UK, over the years, has undoubtedly maintained a top-notch position as a global financial hub and as a great place for education, business, and for living. It boasts some of the top educational institutions in the world which not only attract talented students from across the globe, but also their families, many of which have a high net-worth . Official statistics from the UK Home Office reveal that…

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Tips and Facts You Need to Know About Bucharest Nightlife

Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is a big urban center where you will be able to enjoy a fascinating nightlife thanks to the numerous local pubs, bars, and nightclubs which are scattered across the city. In fact, Bucharest is slowly becoming one of the primary party capitals of Eastern Europe and attracts lots of tourists throughout the year, especially the young hip generations. In this article, we will shed some light on the perks of the exciting nightlife in Bucharest and everything it has to offer.

Pubs and Bars

It is a fact that Romanians like to have fun and enjoy themselves to the fullest whenever possible. The local pubs and pubs in the city are the primary locations where individuals throng in huge numbers and…

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