If you can't tell it like it is on your own blog, where can you? Buckle up for this one that's been hiding in my drafts folder for two years, folks. Today I'm talking about an attitude I've seen for years that we need to unpack. "If you hate France, then go home!" or "If France sucks so ... Read More about France sucks? That problematic “If you hate France, then go home!” attitude
During the height of the pandemic, I reached out to the Beillevaire team to see if they'd be open to me making a video at their production site. Not only did they say yes, but they showed me one of their partner dairy farms in addition to the facility where all the deliciousness is made. After being ... Read More about Visiting French dairy producer Beillevaire! Cheese, butter, desserts! (VIDEO)
It’s easy to find 100 reasons why you SHOULD move to France -- some aren't that serious, like the amazing and affordable wine, bread and cheese. Others are more hard hitting that I've discussed before like the work/life balance and healthcare system. It’s easy to talk about all the positive aspects ... Read More about Don’t move to France if…
Pandemic aside, this past year has been the most difficult of my entire life. This summer, I spent a month and a half in the U.S. with my family because two of my relatives had terminal cancer and I hadn't seen them since November 2019. One passed away a week after I left last time and my mom just ... Read More about It’s been 1 week since my mom died
When I first moved to France, it was SO difficult to find American products. Aside from specialty websites that import American food items, everyday things like canned pumpkin, peanut butter, and even regular size semisweet chocolate chips were hard to come by back in the day. Don't get me wrong -- ... Read More about Favorite French products in USA grocery stores?
When I first came to France, I'd hear people cheerily greet each other with "coucou" and I didn't think it was French at first. To me, "coucou" sounded like a cuckoo clock or like you were calling someone crazy, not a friendly greeting. Besides, wasn't bonjour how you said hello in France? I quickly ... Read More about Coucou meaning in English: How to use this informal word
The information shared below is up to date as of September 1, 2021. Life around the world has been far from normal for well over a year and a half now. From lockdowns and quarantines and closed borders to now digital health passes, life in France as we know it was more like a dystopian ... Read More about Is France safe for tourists to visit? Should you travel now?
If you grow up in one area of the world, you become very accustomed to how to behave socially there. You know what's normal and what's a no-no. Upon visiting other areas of the world, we learn that social norms can be majorly different and we aren't always aware of them. What we do at home doesn't ... Read More about Avoid these American social norms that don’t translate to French culture
When I was back in Florida last month, I fielded some interesting questions from my fellow Americans. I've written before about the things French people frequently ask me, but let's get into the questions I got from Americans. ... Read More about Big questions Americans ask me after learning I’m an expat in France
For as long as I can remember, I've felt things deeply, both good and bad. I'm affected by what others are going through, I have to turn away from violent movies and even boxing matches, have strong intuition, simple things are incredibly beautiful to me, I understand others deeply and can see both ... Read More about Are you a highly sensitive person too?