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Working in Oman, Omanization, and In-Country Value

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We had a glimpse into the corporate world in Oman. Many things stunned us and not the least the so-called "Omanization". It is an indigenous policy that aims at increasing the number of Omani staff. In Europe, the same policy is called 'discrimination'. While Europeans also prefer to deal with other Europeans, hiring is done more discreetly. The applicant is, for example, required to speak fluently the official language of the country, which is a considerable barrier considering the number of languages spoken in Europe. Or, if the applicant's skin colour, ethnicity or gender doesn't match expectations, the employer may blame fierce competition for rejection.

Welcome to Our Brand New Nomad's Hostel

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Since 2011, we have been helping hotels, hostels and guesthouses all over the world from Costa Rica to Japan with business and marketing. With all the experience we have gathered from the accommodation business, we finally decided to open our own hostel. We rented a beautiful, old colonial house in Malaysia and are now renovating it.

Evsiz - Our Book in Turkish

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Our book Free as a Global Nomad has been translated into Turkish thanks to our literary agent Zeitgeist Media Group! The Turkish word Evsiz means 'homeless'. The book was published by Beyaz Baykus and it is available for example at www.nobelkitap.com.

Beautiful lush and green Taiping, Malaysia

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Although we have lived and travelled quite a bit in Malaysia, this was our first visit to Taiping. The town is worth stopping by. It offers a refreshing change for usually ugly, moldy, and dirty Malaysian cities that are filled with cars and rubbish. Moreover, Taiping is one of the most well-preserved colonial sites in the country.

Ever More Touristy Thailand

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It's no news that Thailand is touristy. It has been that way for decades, but still the number of holiday-makers is disconcerting to us every time we travel through the country. This time was no different. Even in the small, quiet town of Prachuap Khiri Khan locals were almost outnumbered by tourists.

Oman — The Hidden Jewel of The Middle-East

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Oman was a really nice surprise for us. We had long been thinking about going there, but the country never seemed to fall on our route until now that we were heading from Armenia to Asia. Thanks to Ali, who was our work exchange host, we ended up staying two months in Muscat and started to appreciate this hidden jewel of the Middle-East.

From Tbilisi to Yerevan, Armenia

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Update 2016-12-17: Added Yerevan airport bus information.When heading to Yerevan from Tbilisi, you can choose between train and marshrutka (minibus). Trains go only every other day, which did not fit our schedule, so we took a marshrutka. The trip was a bit of a hassle, but at the same time culturally interesting.

Tbilisi, Georgia

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Päivi fell in love with Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. It is romantically decadent, situated between hills and the river Kura (which, funnily enough, means 'mud' in Finnish). Architecture is stunning and Tbilisians are generally friendly, they speak English and — judging from the number of theaters and cultural institutes — they have other values in life besides money.

Travelling overland from Russia to Georgia

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There are a couple of options for crossing the border between Russia and Georgia. The most direct route goes through Abhazia but requires a visa, which we didn't have. Instead, we went to North Ossetia and crossed the border from Vladikavkaz to Tbilisi via the famous Georgian Military Road AKA Invasion Highway that Russian troops have used since 18th century. The scenery was breathtaking and worth the detour.