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Foreign language phone phobia? You are not alone!

My nerves are getting the better of me. I can feel my stomach twisting into a tight knot. I try in vain to stifle the feeling of panic bubbling up inside of me, threatening to spill over into unadulterated terror. The menace continues to emit its piercing sound; the root of my anxiety. I risk […]

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Laughter is the best medicine for an expat

When presented with the possibility of living abroad, there are some who would leap out of their proverbial nests, ready to embrace that opportunity with widely spread wings. For me, it was more a case of being drop-kicked out of that nest with my wings firmly wrapped around myself. Either way, leaving the nest isn’t […]

Gorges de l’Ardèche

Kayaking the Gorges de l’Ardèche

This weekend, Spring decided to give us a welcome reminder that she is officially approaching. Her warmer temperatures made me long for sun-kissed days. She made me smile with her budding trees and her beautiful blossoms brought joy to my soul. She also made me remember an activity that my husband and I partook in […]

Wine, bread and cheese

A crash course in French restaurant etiquette

If ever there was a good example of being thrown into the deep end, I think that moving halfway across the world to a country where I couldn’t speak the language, didn’t know anyone and with no job prospects in sight would definitely qualify! Now I know that many of you, if put in that […]

Learning languages

My top 3 tips for learning a new language

I stress. A lot. Once the decision to move to France was made, I had a buffet of succulent stresses vying for my attention. A mouth-watering entrée of administration seemed like a good start. And let’s not forget the flavoursome fear of the unknown for mains. Ah, but someone with my penchant for sweet things […]

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F·R·I·E·N·D·S – The One with Advice on Moving Abroad

Hello. My name is Lee and I’m a Friends addict. How you doin? Netflix, ever the enabler, allows me to indulge in my addiction to this icon of TV nostalgia as often as I please. Settling in for my evening of escapism (insert blankets and a fair amount of chocolate here), I am overcome by […]