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
This week we had another mixed indo-western couple over for dinner. As I mentioned in a previous blog post inviting Indians for dinner is always a bit stressful especially when you don’t know them that well yet. Western vegetarian options (i.e. salad) will be rejected straight away by most Indians for lacking gravy or not being cooked. Even those who eats meat do not to … Continue reading Blanquette de poulet Recipe (chicken with creamy lemon gravy)
When my husband and I accepted to moved to the US in March 2016 for his job, I was working full time in the same company and was very optimist that I would get a job for the same project in the US. I was about two weeks in the US when the company announced that the site in North Carolina would close within 3 month, … Continue reading An incomplete guide to being a housewife in spite of myself.
There are millions of reasons why people start blogging, mine is not that original! I just want to connect with individuals who share the same interests as me and maybe get some encouraging comments. My mind is this buzzing machine that keeps on jumping from one idea to the next and never seems to stop. I am constantly hungry for knowledge and some topics keep … Continue reading Why spend time blogging
When my husband and I started dating we would have random Q & A session that would go like this: “Under which circumstances would you consider divorcing me?”, “What do you think is key for a marriage to work?”. While those conversation might seem very trivial and a sure way to keep romance out of a date it really helped us understand how our cultures … Continue reading What marriage means in your culture?
This week I had my first medical appointment in the US. Having only experienced mandatory government regulated health coverage so far, I was in for quite a shock. Cost Before starting I have to say that my husband and I are on an expat healthcare coverage in the US. Compared to our local friends we have the luxury of having mostly no copay situation. Still … Continue reading Diseases are very lucrative in America
I have mentioned in a previous post that when both our families are together some topics were very off putting at first. Things that seem obvious in the french lifestyle like serving a 4 course meal with wine and meat to your guest followed by a cup of coffee (espresso to be specific) is neither natural nor self explanatory to other culture especially for Indians … Continue reading Weird custom… not so much anymore