This isn’t a fluffy feel-good post on how life in France is OMGAMAZING 24/7. Nowhere is perfect day in and day out and that’s the truth. This is a post about mental health and the dark side of expat life in France (or anywhere).
Everything is constantly changing around us, including the people. Our environment factors in to how we adapt and evolve and sometimes it’s for the best. I’ve been in France now for 5 years and life in France has changed my life for the better in ways big and small. French culture, language learning and more have made me a more open person.
This is me reflecting on 5 years in France. Truth be told, this post has been in my drafts folder for months. I kept starting it and then deleting what i’d written not sure what I should say or how I should say it.
Depending on how long you’ve been in France and who you socialize with, French people have probably asked you some strange questions. And a bunch of normal ones as well. Here are the top questions French people ask me.
You live abroad and love expat blogs. You’ve toyed around with the idea of starting an expat blog yourself. Now is the time. Here’s how to start an expat blog.
today I’m sharing a different point of view. For my final guest post this winter, I have a piece written by a French woman who now lives in the USA. Catherine Rochereul-Portier was born and raised in France and then moved to Germany. Over 20 years later, in 2013, she gave up her consulting business and moved with her family to the United States.
Hi guys, the most popular question I get from readers is about how to move to France. People write me looking for advice, reassurance and encouragement, all of which I’m happy to give.
Life isn’t easy for anyone, but if you keep a level head and can laugh at yourself, the everyday stresses seem to roll off your back that much more easily. Here are 7 things that are personally more difficult in France than they were in the USA.
As we get older and see more and do more, we can’t help but allow these experiences to change us. I like to think it’s all for the best. Here are some life lessons from living abroad that I’ve put together.
Thinking of moving abroad? You may want to read on for things to know before you move to France.
Now, after being the newbie myself as a foreigner in France, I’ve majorly changed how I act toward other newcomers I encounter in daily life. And going to a Pure Barre class in Florida last month made that clear to me.
As expats, we’re probably annoying from time to time to those back home, to those in our new country and even to those we live with (*cough, cough*). Here are the top 7 annoying things expats do.
Now it’s 2016 and I find myself living in a small town once again — just across the Atlantic ocean this time. How does it compare? And what can my adult self appreciate about small-town living?
After 4 years of living abroad, I can honestly say that I am happy in France — but does being in France play a huge role in my overall happiness? How much does your physical location factor in to who you have become? How much should it?
If we’re being honest, my transition to living in France wasn’t a perfect one. Here are the mistakes I made when I moved to France.
Need some suggestions for what to send in a care package to a friend abroad? Here are my tips.
Have you ever had a conversation where the person you’re talking to wrongly makes some assumptions about who you are and how you got there? Read on for the top misconceptions about expats.
They say that hindsight is 20/20 and that also applies to expat life. You only learn by doing and can…
Sometimes people say silly things — including me. We’re only human, after all. In 2009, when I first announced my…
What’s the French healthcare system like? I hear these time and time again. Here are 4 myths about the French healthcare system you should stop believing.