Culture


Halloween in the Bay (2013)

Halloween is celebrated in America on 31 October each year. It tends to kick off the winter holidays, and is celebrated by kids and adults alike. Traditionally, Halloween is preceded by a trip to the supermarket, or pumpkin patch, to pick out a pumpkin to be carved shortly before the holiday. If you are planning on dressing up in a costume, it’s also good to plan ahead. Thift stores can be a great resource for finding gently used costumes, or unique items to make your own costume. Halloween Parties, Haunted Houses, Carnivals, and Parades are other popular activities, and then […]


Culture shock coming home?

When you are planning to go abroad for any length of time, you probably expect to experience some degree of culture shock when you arrive in your new city. Your mode of transportation may change. You’ll probably have to find a new supermarket and bank. Some new experiences will be exciting….like finding your new favorite restaurant, bar/pub and Saturday afternoon hangout spot, while others will just be a pain! I certainly experienced some culture shock when I went abroad, but I did not realize that I would have to go through the same thing when I finally came home! I […]


Wander Away: Adventure in a box

Are you sitting on a gorgeous beach somewhere, sipping a fancy fruity drink? Are you on a wild adventure off the beaten path in Nepal, eating an amazing dinner with the locals? No? I bet you want to be though, and so do I! Not that living in California isn’t awesome, it is, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t long to get away and travel again, like I did pre kids and a mortgage… If you’re looking for a little taste of the exotic, a trinket to inspire your next vacation, or a reminder of your past international wanderings, […]


International Rescue Committee & Life in the Bay, making a difference together!

The IRC offices in Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento and Turlock (Northern California) offer many opportunities to assist with refugee resettlement. Whether you have time to act as a professional mentor, or even just help with a trip to the grocery store. You can make a difference.