Tag Archives: France

The illusion of the “similar culture”

The weirdest thing about moving to France was the culture shock. Not the fact that it existed — I was prepared for that.  No, what floored me was how intense it was, especially in comparison to my previous move. Who … Continue reading

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Bordeaux banking blunders

My first trip to the bank in Bordeaux was a non-event. I walked up to the building, nervously rehearsing the upcoming conversation in my head, and pulled on the door. Nothing happened. A little flustered, I tried pushing it. Nada. … Continue reading

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The changing face of Hallowe’en

When I was a child, Hallowe’en was greeted with a sense of anticipation rivaling only Christmas in intensity. Choosing a costume, dressing up, wandering from door to door with your friends and getting free candy — life didn’t get much … Continue reading

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Fetchez la vache and other franglaisisms*

Several years ago in Bordeaux, Younger Daughter was invited to a birthday party for one of her classmates. Unfortunately, she didn’t share this information with me until about an hour before the party was to start, which resulted in a … Continue reading

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Younger Daughter’s Expat Story

Today’s guest post was provided by Younger Daughter. I’m cheating with this one, because she wrote it for a school assignment shortly after we moved back to Canada. I like seeing our family’s expat story from an 11-year-old’s perspective, even though … Continue reading

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Loving “The Expat”

“Why would we move to Luxembourg?” “To make a lot of money, and travel around Europe all the time.” That’s not the opening of The Expats, a new thriller by Chris Pavone. But to most of us who are (or … Continue reading

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The lazy expat mom’s guide to language learning

Aaron Myers of The Everyday Language Learner is the idea guy behind today’s post. I discovered his website quite by accident, and I love his approach to learning languages. I’ll let him fill you in on the rest: “Today’s post … Continue reading

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Le pick-up artiste

I was wading through my very clogged inbox yesterday and found an email I’d sent to a friend on May 11, 2006. I’d all but forgotten about this interesting encounter in the aisles of my local Auchan supermarket, but I’m … Continue reading

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An Unhappy Truth

NorthSouthEastWest: Expat Dispatches   We’re back — four intrepid souls who swap guests posts each month from the far corners of the globe. We are: North: Linda in the Netherlands (Adventures in Expatland) South: Russell in Australia (In Search of a Life … Continue reading

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My 7 Links, anyone?

Have you heard about the My 7 Links meme? Started by the travel site Tripbase.com, its mission is “to unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not … Continue reading

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