Category Archives: expat life

Settling in

We’ve been in Nice for a week and a half. Administrative matters have taken up much of our time, but we had a lovely visit from daughter Francesca and her partner Paul and have made time to meet up with … Continue reading

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Arrival in Nice

It’s still summer in Nice. Today’s high was 27 Celsius/80 Fahrenheit. It’s not just the temperature though. The sun is intense, lighting up the Mediterranean that peculiar and mesmerizing beautiful shade of turquoise I become seriously envious of the swimmers … Continue reading

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Leaving Rennes

It’s hard to believe we’ve only been in Rennes for two months. Hasn’t it been much longer? We’ve been very active, and we’ve paid the price. We got worn down, and feel a bit tired, but overall we are happy … Continue reading

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St. Malo

  We finally made it to St. Malo. I say “finally” because it’s always loomed large-ish in my imagination. First, there’s the name. “Malo” is one of those evocative Dark Ages names no one has given their child in several … Continue reading

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Rennes, Nantes, Rennes, Nantes

What a treat to open the door to our garden first thing this morning, comme d’habitude, and feel an unfamiliar blast of bracing air. This is end of summer weather in Brittany, and, after a season in which I’d thought … Continue reading

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An Expat in Vancouver: Finding Friends

The other day I had a conversation over coffee with a Canadian and another American expat about how Vancouver rates as a friendly city. When I first moved here, I met a Montrealer who literally shuddered remembering the loneliness of … Continue reading

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An expat in Vancouver first impressions Summer cont’d.

After that unusually rainy and cold early summer, it pains me to consider that we might only have a few weeks left of 23c degree weather and clear blue skies. However, we did make the best of August, and I … Continue reading

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