American mom’s first two weeks living in France during Lockdown

American mom’s first two weeks living in France during Lockdown. How this U.S. family handled living in France during confinement? There’s something quite daunting about moving to a foreign country. There are many unknown variables, and then you toss in a countrywide lockdown. As a U.S. family residing in France during confinement, I did my best to enjoy all the obstacles as they arose. After all, I survived lockdown in a New York City box, so the next two weeks were bound to be a delight.  Read my previous post, “Moving homes in 2020 is a Hott Mess”, to see…

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4th of July in France for an American Expat

Celebrating the 4th of July in France this year is an exciting and daunting event. The holiday is only 10 days before Bastille Day (Fête Nationale). Therefore, a small part of me feels bizarre, attempting to celebrate July 4th for Anglophone. Moving to a new country makes you question if you should leave some of “your” holidays behind, but this little bird is not giving up so quickly on her beloved American Independence Day. Regardless of where I live, I want to enjoy the feeling of freedom and togetherness. Should I wait and just celebrate Fête Nationale du 14 juillet? The…

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Moving Homes in 2020 is a Hot Mess

Moving homes in 2020 is a Hott Mess. Changing apartments in NYC is Trainwreck! Moving apartments this year should have been simple. I’ve changed residences in NYC more than I like to admit. Relocating houses is a stress-inducing procedure, peeps. Packing with a baby and dog in tow is equivalent to walking barefoot on the hot cement. Now you add a sprinkle of stay-at-home-orders, quarantines, lockdowns, and COVID-19, and you’re asking for a move from hell.     The trainwreck of moving apartments New York City is not for the faint of heart. It’s a city full of what I…

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Becoming a US Citizen: A Frenchman turned naturalized American

Can anyone understand the French Accent? Everything Yannick knew of the States had come from what saw on television as a child. The music he listed to was American. The popular T.V. shows and movies were American. The clothes I think they were French actually. Needless to say, when Mr. French (Yannick) arrived in the States in the winter of 2010, he was curious to see if all he saw on the television was the same in real life. Would people speak the same way they did on Friends? Was New York as smelly in the summer? Can anyone understand…

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