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French kissing

Note: This post was voted Expatica France’s best blog for 2010/2011. I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing. ~ Jonathan Swift It’s always seemed strange to me that the two acceptable greeting gestures in French society are the … Continue reading

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We’ll always have Tiger Balm

I find scent to be the most evocative of the senses. The nose might as well be connected by a superhighway directly to the temporal lobe, where all our luscious memories are stashed away. The merest whiff of some long-forgotten … Continue reading

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French cooking for (expat) dummies

Oh là là! According to Lonely Planet, French gastronomy has just been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. (So that’s two things I learned today, because I wasn’t even aware that such a list has existed since … Continue reading

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What my unknown soldier taught me about remembrance

I’ve dutifully observed Remembrance Day my entire life. When I was young, I understood perfectly well its origins and its purpose, but I didn’t feel, in my guts, any real connection to the people I was supposed to be memorializing. … Continue reading

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My life as an au pair. Chapter 2: In which I grow a pair

When I arrived in France to start my au pair adventure, fresh-faced and all of 19 years old, I thought I would easily integrate into French life. Instead, culture shock and isolation – as well as an introverted personality that hadn’t … Continue reading

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