Author Archives: breadispain

To Be or Not to Be…Why Ask the Question?

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”  -Voltaire Just last month, MB and I were in Paris during the train (SNCF) strikes. During this strike something like 2 out of every 3 trains was cancelled and … Continue reading

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Caveman Foodies

I remember going to a French restaurant once, back when I was living in D.C. This place was pretty fancy and all the staff was actually French, so when I ordered my steak “rare” the friends I was with spoke … Continue reading

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He was my Friend: A Memorial Day Tribute

This is a repost from last year’s Memorial Day.  I remember years ago when I was living in Washington D.C. waking up on a Memorial Day morning (okay, fine afternoon…it was the afternoon, judgers) and deciding to take a walk … Continue reading

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A Bachelor Showdown

Last week, the French version of “The Bachelor” (“Le Gentleman Celibataire”) concluded and France and I decided to meet for aperitif to discuss it. France: Alors, what did you think? Much better than the American version, non? I let out … Continue reading

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Quickie: Advice for Americans

This is just a quick post with a link to an excellent video from the website Comme Une Francaise which can give Americans some advice on how to behave in France.  This would be helpful for those of you travelling … Continue reading

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The Madonna Complex

“Ooooh la la, man,” my friend proclaims loudly at the bar. I am with an expat friend from Central Europe and complaining about a horrific exchange I had with the administrator at a French language school “Mais oauis,” I respond. … Continue reading

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Broken by Breakfast

MB and I are staying at an adorable B&B in Burgundy. The rooms are trés charmant, decorated with seasonal accents, the beds are sublime, we have a back patio over-looking the vineyards, there is even the requisite sweet old dog … Continue reading

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Sweating in Jeans Town

“Oh.  Okay,” I think to myself as I wave at the friend I am meeting.  “So THAT is what we are wearing.”  I walk across the street, briskly, in my spandex pants, sports bra top, and tennis shoes. After the … Continue reading

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6 Years and 6 Things

Recently, the folks over at HiFX contacted me about contributing to their expat tip page which is part of a new campaign they are working on to give expats some helpful and honest advice and it couldn’t have come at … Continue reading

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A Simple Dimple: My Ode to Cellulite

I am standing in the kitchen at a friend’s house watching as he prepares a huge pot of fondue. “Ehermergerd,” I say, “It looks SO good.” “Yeah,” my friend responds glumly.  “But not exactly fat free, huh?” “Oauis,” I reply.  … Continue reading

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