The city that has become part of myself

While strolling through the south city on my way to brunch I was reminded of the love for the city of Cologne. My love for this place I call home even though I don’t have a place there yet and the love of its inhabitants and those who once lived there. Cologne people have this very deep attachment for their city and they are not … Continue reading The city that has become part of myself

The joy of flat hunting in German metropolis

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

Language, Emotions or the many way to express yourself

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

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?