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

Blanquette de poulet Recipe (chicken with creamy lemon gravy)

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)

An incomplete guide to being a housewife in spite of myself.

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.

Why spend time blogging

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

What marriage means in your culture?

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?