10 things learned whilst being a jeune fille au pair

Whilst I do not claim to have enjoyed my au pair misadventures (suffered ever such a long time ago now, and happily forgotten for all but a few moments each year) I must acknowledge that it was a wonderful learning experience and taught me so many undiscovered things about myself, about the area and about life in general. Here are ten things I learned from … Continue reading 10 things learned whilst being a jeune fille au pair

La vie en France: Seven years today!

Today marks my seventh anniversary of living abroad! On the 8th March 2011 I set out on an intended four month adventure to the French suburbs surrounding the Swiss metropolis of Geneva. Four homes and seven years later (with some border hopping in the middle), here I am still. Having done virtually no research save for previously reading a host of Victorian governess novels I … Continue reading La vie en France: Seven years today!

Il Γ©tait une fois: the cautionary tale of a former au pair

Book of the day: Jane Eyre Bonsoir mes amis…pull up a fauteuil and pour yourself a kir as, for the next few minutes, I relate how I find myself still living in France almost 7 years after venturing forth on a 4-month ‘Gap’… Once upon a time a rash decision on my part induced me, one bleak February morning, to acquire a one-way ticket to … Continue reading Il Γ©tait une fois: the cautionary tale of a former au pair