I am back in Germany since yesterday with the sole task of finding us a home before our container reaches somewhere in the mid of January… the Full process is all but easy as there are way more applicants than flat available and I am reminded how much I hated this process when I did it the first time in 2011. The sky is no … Continue reading The joy of flat hunting in German metropolis
When I was 21, I went to work a summer as an Au-Pair in the UK and I remember being extremely frustrated about not being able to express affection to the kids I was babysitting in English. The word were failing me and I felt like I was failing the children. I am usually a very self-controlled person and I know that I can come … Continue reading Language, Emotions or the many way to express yourself
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
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 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
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?
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