Best of both world or when Indian cuisine meets French cuisine

My husband and I are BIG foodies, with a couple of friend of different nationalities we are members of the unofficial “International Supper Club” in Cologne, Germany. We would basically meet regularly to discover a new cuisine in a different restaurant and share amazing meals and moments. For both Indian and French, food is the fuel for both your body and your soul. It is … Continue reading Best of both world or when Indian cuisine meets French cuisine

How to avoid the international fashion faux-pas?

As every person who lived and travel through in many places, I have built over the year a very eclectic wardrobe. I have also felt out of place couple of times because the sense of what is appropriate to wear for women vary a lot from one culture to the other. Thanks to experience and the friendly guidance of my sister-in-law, I have developed a … Continue reading How to avoid the international fashion faux-pas?

My way to foreign language fluency

My husband can sing a song on how in France most people will refuse to answer a question in English even when he feels that they can understand him at least partly and he is right. Despite mandatory languages  lessons in french school from grade 6 (now grade 1) to 12th, most french people don’t speak any and if they do a little bit they … Continue reading My way to foreign language fluency

Why american like voting so much?

Coming to the US I always assumed that I knew how the american political system worked. I knew how the French Republic (constitution 1791) and the United States of America (constitution of 1788) shared the same ideological roots (Age of  Enlightenment) and even political figures ( Benjamin Franklin, Marquis de Lafayette). Over centuries we shared the same struggle on how to set up a fair … Continue reading Why american like voting so much?

A 17th century view of cultural differences

On a recent trip to Blue Rigde Parkway and the Smokey Mountains, we entered the  Cherokee Indians Reservation. I had planned the trip relying solely on the NPS website for planning our visit and did not put much thought into it until we arrived and it became evident that Cherokee was a different cultural territory than the rest of North Carolina. When you enter you … Continue reading A 17th century view of cultural differences