Category Archives: Living Abroad

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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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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My Dirty Little Secret

“I HATE EVERYTHING – nothing is ever just easy,” I am stomping around the house in full tempter-tantrum – Scarlett-style. MB looks at me silently with no reaction (he has learned to let me just wear myself out…much like one … Continue reading

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When You Have Paris

There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other. We always returned to it no matter who we were or how it was changed or … Continue reading

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Nerding Out with Time Travel

   “Um…dude, this is awesome.  That is a wolf over there!  All of these buildings are so old and I love all the campsites – is that chick making lace?!  Someone over there is spinning wool?!  WHAAAA?!!  Man, people are … Continue reading

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Paris Tara

I love Paris, I really do.  It is fabulous to visit – so many different neighborhoods to wander through, so much to do, amazing museums, exceptional restaurants, history and art at every corner.  Every time that we go for a … Continue reading

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Chocolate Frogs and Salty Dogs

“Wow,” I say to MB.  “You know, I don’t think that I’ve ever noticed this before.” “Quoi?” “A whole aisle, I mean, an entire aisle.” “I don’t know what you are talking about.” “I mean, look at it!  It’s marvelous, … Continue reading

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Blame France

Narrator’s Voice is heard:  “Does this ever happen to you?” Queue photos of a woman carrying a grocery bag that breaks, a man having a car splash water on him, a couple having the doors to a theater shut in … Continue reading

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7 Tips to Make Friends…without being creepy.

A few weeks ago, Cécile, from the always fabulous Trying to be Conscious, passed on the “One Lovely Blog Award” to me (http://tryingtobeconscious.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/a-little-sugar-in-my-bowl/).  Thanks so much Cécile!!  If you haven’t already, you should all check out her blog, always funny … Continue reading

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Expat Entertainment

In her most recent post, Chickster from Up, Up, and Awayz (http://www.upupandawayz.com/2012/05/its-awards-season.html)  awarded me with the Liebster Award.  Thanks so much, Chickster! The Liebster Award is for blogs with under 200 followers and has no standing rules; but she has … Continue reading

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