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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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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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Yup. Definitely a City Girl.

Posted on 25. May, 2012 by .

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Over the last few months I’ve started to notice something. It’s subtle, and takes a good dose of observation, but it’s there. Small towns are slowly, but very , killing me. There is no further doubt in my mind that I am a city girl at heart. I’ve talked about this a little bit on […]

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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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Monday’s Postcard: the French elections at La Bastille, Paris

Posted on 07. May, 2012 by .

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Have you watched the French elections? Do you think it’s going to influence the Euro zone in a big way? Have you ever participated in a political event abroad?

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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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A Handpicked Selection of London’s Best Places

Posted on 06. Apr, 2012 by .

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During my first weeks in London, one of the things I found hard to deal with was the overwhelming choice I had to make every day. Do I pick this tea place, or this one? This curryhouse, or this one? This garden pub, or the one across the city? While a wide array of choice […]

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10 Little Known Facts About the UK

Posted on 28. Mar, 2012 by .

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After living in the UK for a year in 2009, and visiting countless times since, I’ve come to notice a couple of quirky things that make the UK, well, the UK. I would not have it any other way and this is absolutely not a critical post - just a series of observations I made […]

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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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