Welcome to Correr Es Mi Destino! I hope you will enjoy commenting on the articles, reading, and browsing. Grab a cup of tea or a coffee and let me introduce myself. I promise I’ll keep it short and sweet.
I’m Juliette, aka Zhu—that’s my Chinese name. Yes, I am aware of the fact that I am not even remotely Chinese. I do speak Mandarin though, but it’s a long story.
I was born and raised in Nantes, France. I’ve been living full-time in Canada’s national capital, Ottawa, since 2004. After becoming a permanent resident in 2005 (it took only five months for my application to be processed!), I became a Canadian citizen on July 3, 2009. I now have two citizenships: French and Canadian. You can read my full immigration story here.
Immigrating to Canada and becoming Canadian, one snowball fight at the time, has been a great adventure. I did experience some culture shock, which provided blog material at first and some good laughs. Note that I still don’t get how Canadians can walk around wearing shorts and t-shirts when it’s barely above 0ºC.
From 2005 to 2009, I worked as a French as second language teacher—I always found it ironic I ended up teaching French after learning Chinese for 12 years. In 2009, I started working as an English to French translator and a bilingual editor/proofreader. I’m a self-defined word nerd and I love my job but on Monday mornings (same for you, right?).
On my spare time, I’m also a traveler and a photographer, with an interest in street and travel photography.
I chose to settle in Canada because I love this multicultural country and because I wanted to belong somewhere—I’ve never felt French enough in France. Yet, I still have the urge to go traveling and I’m addicted to exploring the world. Was I made to settle somewhere? Part of me enjoys life at home but the other side of my brain just want to pack and go to travel to other continents, to cross the oceans, sleep in long distance buses and walk in a new city every day.
Yeah, I’m not the easiest person to live with. I know.
Correr es mi destino… isn’t it?