Despite a tough December, Christmas Day delivered the magic we needed.
Browsing: Life As An Immigrant
For many expats and immigrants, seasonal small talk can bring mixed emotions. Indeed, many of us don’t celebrate major holidays at “home.”
As I was drafting the “5 Mistakes I Made in Canada”, I realized that I did make good decisions along the way. May they inspire you!
Moving to a new country is one of these big decisions where your life can get awesomely better, awfully worst or more realistically, waver between these two extreme case scenarios.
A few days before the unavoidable departure, it still feels unreal to think that Monday, we are in France and on Tuesday, we will be in Canada. My brain can’t compute this logical fact.
Every day, I mindlessly reply to questions that can sound very strange out of context and may be puzzling to newcomers.
I’m convinced that one of the reasons why people buy giant houses with finished basements is so that family members can avoid each other after a fight.
While employee turnover rate seems high in the donut world, there is a large group of regular customers for whom I’m pretty sure the “no loitering” sign was invented.
I wasn’t being “reasonable and virtuous”, I just didn’t feel like getting second helpings of some free food I found just “meh” and only ate to be polite in the first place.
Seeing the thermometer stuck at -25°C isn’t what made me want to jump back on a plane. The breaking point had been reached earlier, at Toronto Pearson’s security checkpoint, the morning we arrived.
You’ve settled in. Things are more normal, more predictable. You have a routine. But there are still 5 unexpected little pleasures that every immigrant gets to enjoy every now and then.
Tomorrow morning, I have to go buy a Christmas gift for Muhammad. No, seriously.
Sometime, I feel like I’m pitching Canada to the world. It makes me cringe.
The most mundane life skills can be terrifying when you don’t yet master the language or the culture of a country.
I’ve spent almost half of my life away from France, either traveling, either in Canada. So, ten years later, what am I? French or Canadian?
Not feeling well? Don’t have a fancy medical degree? Don’t worry, Canada has your back. Here is a quick how-to guide on what to do if you need to see a doctor.
Living in a National Capital: The Perks and Drawbacks of Ottawa [Part 2 – Quality of Living and Playing]
So, what are Ottawa’s living conditions and entertainment options? Is the city as boring as the rest of the country seems to think?
One million people chose Ottawa as their home. So, what are the perks and drawbacks of living in a national capital, like Ottawa?
There is “one of these” again in my inbox today. The “object” line reads “help me”. I can guess the content of the email, the suspense factor is minimal.
“You’re French? What the hell are you doing here, then?”
This is how an Australian backpacker reacted upon meeting in a dorm in Toronto, in 2002. “What are you doing there?” I replied. “It’s summer in Australia, and you come all the way to Canada to freeze your ass off?”
HiFX recently published a very comprehensive emigration checklist infographic based on expat feedback. Here is my contribution to the brainstorming, 10 things you should consider doing before you move abroad.
For new immigrants, it doesn’t work like this. You need to have a “settler’s mentality” because you are starting from scratch, in a place where you don’t have roots. When it’s just yourself, or yourself and a partner, it’s not that hard. When you add kids to the mix, it becomes more difficult.
Meet Stephanie, a new permanent resident in Gatineau, Quebec! Stephanie was born and raised in Ivory Coast, then spend 16 years in the US. This is where she met Guillaume, the Canadian prince charming.
4 Short Answers to 4 Immigration Questions: Can I change my name, how long the process takes and more!
Here are four more short answers to immigration-related questions readers submitted in the past few weeks.