Opening a French bank account will open a variety of opportunities for you in France. It’s essentially your golden ticket to your life in France because without a French bank account, you cannot hope to have 1. Your paychecks – most companies have gone paperless now, and your paychecks are more than likely going to be directly deposited into your account. I know this to be a … Continue reading Hindsight is 20/20: Opening a French bank account
Sometimes, you’re just sitting on a park bench chatting it up with some of your friends while the sun beats down on your face. Oh sun hugs, one of my favorite things. Sometimes, birds join the party, not unexpectedly so. Mostly ducks and pigeons, of course, but also the occasional swan. But, what is it with swans? You want to like them because they are … Continue reading Beer, Butter, and Swans: Quirky adventures in Cork, Ireland
Despite having been working with my collègiens here in Laval, France for the past 7 months, it still appears as though I don’t know them or really know how to teach as well as I thought that I did. As I’ve mentioned in many of my posts, teaching is difficult, and just when you feel like you’ve finally found your footing, the rug gets pulled … Continue reading My failure is my success.
Renting an apartment or house in France means that you are absolutely required to invest in renter’s insurance, aka assurance d’habitation. When I first encountered this, I was severely confused, because back home in the United States even though renter’s insurance does exist, it is not required and most people don’t invest in it. However, it is a legal obligation in France if you are … Continue reading Hindsight is 20/20: Investing in renter’s insurance, a requirement when renting in France