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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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MISH: Missing in Southern Hemisphere

Gidday mates!  Just a quick check-in…so no, I haven’t just gotten super lazy (meh…maybe) – MB and I are travelling around Australia and New Zealand at the moment and won’t be back in France for a few more weeks.  So … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas Part II: Wassailing (repost)

Hi y’all – yes, another repost for Christmas.  I hope you will still enjoy it!  Thank you so much to all of you who helped support Bread is Pain in the Expat Blog Awards – we took home first prize … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas Part 1: Joyeux Noel

*This is a repost of a Christmas post I wrote my first year in France.  I hope you will enjoy, more Christmas Posts coming soon. *   Before leaving for the United States, I saw France out at the Christmas Market … Continue reading

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Top 7 Moments in France (and shameless self-promotion)

Hello all! Just a quickie to ask for your help.  I’ve entered the Expat Blog Awards with a post entitled “Top 7 Moments in France.”  It is a new post that has never been published here and I would be … Continue reading

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On the Road to Nowhere

“Are you looking at the map, which way do we turn here?”  MB is talking to me while driving as I search both the map and the road for a sign. “I’m looking,” I wail, “but I’m telling you I … Continue reading

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