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Featured : Aux Cinq Coins du Monde

Featured : Aux Cinq Coins du Monde

Say La Vie has been selected to be featured on Aux 5 Coins du Monde, a site featuring interviews with francophone expats located all over the world. Each week, interviewees submit pictures from their coin (corner), and readers attempt to guess the location.

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My picture of the Etang de Choisel (that I wish was higher quality!) was added on Friday, and someone has already managed to guess correctly. Later this week, there will be an article following up with hilights from my expat experience. This is a great site to check out (unfortunately, only available in French), but I’ll post some English translations from my interview this week. I would encourage everyone to check it out!

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Hyper bon!

Hyper bon!

Here’s a 2008 comic from Pénélope Bagieu, the talented cartoonist and illustrator behind Ma Vie est Tout à Fait Fascinante. This very scene plays out on the daily chez nous.

Les garçons ne grossissent pas (les salopards)

Translation :

Men don’t gain weight (those assholes)

“You might find it hardcore, but have you ever tried nutella + salted butter + Nesquick? – Super good.”

(World of shit)

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Winter lite

Finally we had some sun this weekend! Rain and clouds every day can get depressing, but it’s unbelieveable that the temperature rarely drops below 40 degrees.

Remember this time last year when Max and I visited the Etang de Choisel? The path around the pond this time around was packed with strolling families with children and dogs enjoying some quality sun exposure.

profiter – to take advantage of, to enjoy

Je profite du soleil.

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Château la Ferrière

Château la Ferrière

This past weekend, our company hosted a retreat at the Ferrière. It was a great chance to bring see employees based all over France. During the day, we attended workshops and meetings. In the evening, the hotel provided a delicious dinner while we participated in a trivia contest. We enjoyed a dj, open bar, and dancing until around 3, but I hear the party continued without us until 5 am!

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Only the edible kind.

Only the edible kind

I had several pet fish in college. Allah, Siddhartha, and Simpleton were delightful roommates and travel companions during many long train rides home in their special travel cooler.

Somehow, despite years of successful pet ownership, I’ve never managed to keep a plant alive. I’ve attempted to follow proper watering instructions, provide ideal sunlight and soil, but inevitably I’d go on vacation or find a new hobby, and the plant would end as a brittle clump of weeds in the garbage can.

Finally (finally!) I’ve found the solution : edible plants. The promise of eventually eating something I’ve spent time and attention to grow has provided the motivation I’ve always lacked.

So today, I have a little pepper plant that we picked up in a gardening supply store. Max is convinced it’s only for decoration, and that it’s probably poison. That funny leafy green plant beside it is pineapple.

Over a year ago, I found some ridiculous Pinterest article with instructions on how to grow your own pineapple plant using the stem and leaves from a supermarket pineapple. So I followed the instructions, unhinged the leaves and dropped them in a pot from my latest plant failure. Surprisingly enough, it began to grow. When I moved to France several months later, I sacrificed precious luggage space to illegally transport the plant into Europe. Here’s what it looked like a year ago. And this is a a fruited plant I recently saw in the United States Botanical Garden. I’m hoping that within a few more months I’ll be able to grow a snack.

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It doesn’t sleep. It waits.

It doesn't sleep. It waits.

Our neighbor just planted this little guy in our (shared) yard. We’re going to call him Stump Gnome.

He reminds me of a scene from The Full Monty, which was on French TV this weekend. Also South Park.

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