Category Archives: expat

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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Random notes

We’ve been here long enough that we are going past first impressions to notice patterns of French-isms. Or maybe they are Brittany-isms. Time will tell. Some you’ll recognize, as they are Gallic classics. Others are not. Unlike the experiences we’ve … Continue reading

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Rennes 2030

You can’t be in Rennes long before you notice all the construction. Whether you enter by the train station, which is undergoing a major expansion and renovation, complete with green space for passengers awaiting departure, or by the airport, where … Continue reading

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An Expat in Vancouver: A Medical Care Review

We’ve been nothing but impressed with the health care we have received since moving to Vancouver two years ago, but we haven’t been that sick so — happily — our experiences have been minimal. I can say that after hearing … 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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