The very first time our families met, one of my sister and nephew greeted my sister-in-law with the traditional french la bise . Basically they went straight to her and hit each of her cheeks against theirs quite quickly. She was totally taken aback believing she was getting french kissed for greeting. Continue reading East meets West: politeness and social conventions
Once the marriage was done, I came back to work the next day and my German colleagues were asking me how they should call me now. Continue reading About giving up my maiden name… or not
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
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
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
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