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When Do Expats Become Locals?

Posted on 20. Jan, 2014 by .

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Many people make a home for themselves far away from their place of birth, crossing seas and continents to find where they are most happy. But when does an expat start to feel like a local? Are there different triggers for different people? And do some of the things you’re feeling now on your expat […]

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Moving To London: What You Need To Know

Posted on 03. Jan, 2014 by .

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Moving to London was something I always wanted to do, ever since I was a little girl. The reasons why still remain unclear today, even after I accomplished that dream, but one thing is true: the full year I spent planning 10 months in London was the absolute worst year of my life for the […]

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Stockholm, The City That Won’t Let You In

Posted on 10. Apr, 2013 by .

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I was really looking forward to visiting Stockholm. It’s one of the cities I always idealized, imagined to be a certain way and predicted I would fall in love with, and never want to leave. And while this isn’t entirely different from the reality of my visit, it’s also not exactly the truth. Stockholm blew […]

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Things I’m Doing Wrong As An Expat In France

Posted on 13. Mar, 2013 by .

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Anniversaries, whatever the kind, are always a good time to sit back and reflect, reassess the choices we’ve made. What other purpose would they serve, other than be a perfect excuse to buy cake? And as my two year expaniversary (yes, I just made that up) in France approaches, I can’t help but look back […]

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13 Other Interesting Facts About France

Posted on 11. Jan, 2013 by .

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You guys remember my controversial “10 Little Known Facts About France“? It had quite a few people talking. To this day, it’s still one of my most popular posts every month, even though I wrote it over a year ago. Since then, I’ve traveled all around Europe, yes, but I also spent a fair amount […]

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Tears for London

Posted on 15. Jun, 2012 by .

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September 11th, 2008. Despite emotional goodbyes, a rather turbulent flight across the Atlantic and a costly phone call home to tell my mom I was still alive, it only took a few seconds for the feeling to set in. I hadn’t even left Heathrow and I already felt at home. Cue May 30th, 2009.  I […]

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What to do in Clermont-Ferrand: My Personal Favorites

Posted on 16. May, 2012 by .

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After a year living as an expat in Clermont-Ferrand, and despite the daily challenges it implies, I find myself loving the feeling of having a selection of places I already like - knowing exactly what to expect, and that I will have a good time, no matter what. Whether it’s shopping, drinking, hanging out or […]

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A Year in France

Posted on 14. May, 2012 by .

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Apparently, it’s May 14th today. The calendar tells me I’ve been in France for a year now. Has a full year really gone by since I left Montreal? Sometimes I feel like I’ve been there much shorter than that, sometimes much longer. I’m a bit ambivalent when it comes to picking a side to this […]

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Traveling in France - My Personal Tips

Posted on 27. Apr, 2012 by .

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After spending almost a year living in and gallivanting around France, I have come to learn a few things - some of them the hard way. Whether it’s when I had to fork over 30 euros for having the privilege to park in Paris, or when I was involved in a car accident, there are definitely things everyone […]

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Quick Guide on Getting Married in France

Posted on 11. Jan, 2012 by .

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Serious and informative post warning! You have met your perfect match and plan on getting married in France? While it seems like a tortuous and awfully long process, thanks to the reputation of French bureaucracy, it is really not that bad if you take a minute to gather everything. Let’s take a closer look. Where […]

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The Ups and Downs of Living in France

Posted on 21. Nov, 2011 by .

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While I did notice several French traits over the year, after living here for a few months I think I made up my mind about the country. Things are not always shiny, nor do they always suck - but living in France definitely requires some adjustments. What I Like About Living in France… The cheap […]

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The Not-So-Shiny Side of Being a Consultant’s Wife

Posted on 07. Oct, 2011 by .

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Being a consultant wife - it has a nice ring to it, and it does sound very glamourous from the outside. International travel, fat paychecks, big-name corporations. In more than one way, it is very enjoyable. But sometimes, when I dare to look at the other side of the medal, I find myself longing for […]

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10 Little Known Facts About France

Posted on 19. Jul, 2011 by .

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Now that I have been living in France for a while, I have started to notice some interesting facts about France that make the French so… French. Want to know what I found out? Read on. 1.  No tipping Service is included in all restaurant bills. While it does feel weird to leave nothing on […]

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France: The Bucket List

Posted on 23. May, 2011 by .

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Now that I have recently moved to France, I have had the time to go through my guidebook and pretty much highlight everything remotely cute and write notes in every section. Not that it would not be great to write down everything I want to visit, but for your sake, I summed it up and […]

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My First Week-End in France as an Expat

Posted on 16. May, 2011 by .

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After a frantic week mostly spent packing, moving, crying and sleeping on my couch in Montreal, I finally made it to the airport on Friday afternoon, ready for my 7PM flight. Or at least, that’s what I thought. While I was checking in, I learned that my flight was delayed to 9PM. Oh well, I […]

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