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Wading Through Culture Shock

Culture shock is almost as difficult to talk about as it is to navigate. If it hadn’t been for numerous classes on cultural literacy and a semester of learning about culture as it relates to life and faith, I would feel lost and without the words to describe this complicated phase of my transition to life in France. 640 more words

French Culture

Pierre-Albert Jourdan

You cannot become attached to human beings, things, or landscapes without suffering immediately taking up a position at your side. This is probably a trite remark. 42 more words


A Postcard from Auvillar

Wish you were here!

I’m in Auvillar with Francis now. What a charming village! It is very popular with artists. In addition to the group of painters with whom Francis is working, tonight we had dinner with a group of poets from the States who’ve come to seek inspiration! 97 more words


Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Not a single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born. It would be a bit too easy if we could go about borrowing ready-made souls. 10 more words


Spring cuisine - ideas from a chef

The chef is not, unsurprisingly, me…

We recently spent a week with a chef at the Ile de Ré. This chef, who is in fact the older cousin of my better half, decided one day after more than ten years as a strategic consultant in Paris to give it all up (I obviously love these kinds of stories!) to become a chef. 315 more words


The French Language Keeps Me Humble

Just about every French expat blog has a list of French gaffes they’ve made. They often include things like mixing up the words for preservatives and condoms ( 556 more words


Charles Baudelair

I am an old boudoir full of withered roses. —Charles Baudelaire, from “Spleen,” Fleurs de Mal/The Flowers of Evil. Translated by William Aggeler. (Fresno, CA: Academy Library Guild, 1954)