The attendees at the International Business Council (IBC) of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce were a diverse mix of nationalities, professions, expats, and industries. The annual meeting of the IBC, the Chamber's newest council, attracted students, family members, colleagues, and executives.
While food is one of the two fundamental pillars of human survival -- water being the other -- how often do we stop to think about food in a socio-cultural sense? For Zeynep Kilic, sociology professor, Fulbright Scholar, and Turkish transplant in Alaska, Turkish food has been the link between her new world in the US and her upbringing in Turkey.
Having lived here for over a year, I'm still as head over heels as I was when we first arrived. I won't pretend that Vancouver's the cheapest place to live -- the affordability aspect is something I often question. But this ocean-wrapped city offers a melange of urban living, outdoor activities, beautiful views, and glitz and glam that you won't find elsewhere.
I moved abroad five years ago at the age of 24. First, it was four years in Germany teaching English while traveling through Europe. When I got tired of the cold weather, my boyfriend and I jetted off to Costa Rica for a new warmer life. Maybe my choices were a bit crazy, but I like to think of them as life affirming.