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Life as a Londoner west of Paris

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Spring in Saint Cloud

Spring is definitely sprung here: the signs to be seen are all around, from the bank of daffodils bordering the new path round the hippodrome, to the blossom on the Norwegian maple trees outside our 3rd floor windows. I’ve seen some of these things before as a visitor, it’s true – in fact I’ve spent 3 out of the last 4 Easter weekends in Saint Cloud, but I don’t think I was appreciated how beautiful spring is here until my first season as a local. Continue reading

How to work as a speech therapist in France – Part 1

Over 3 months after having sent in my speech therapy dossier for consideration by the examining committee for foreign qualifications, result day finally arrived!

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Thoughts on February

Well, here we are, almost in March, but with an extra day for posting in February, so I thought I’d better make the most of it. Only just back from a trip over the channel to celebrate a friend’s 40th, here are some thoughts on what’s happened to make this month fly by:


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6 months


Well, I’ve now been here half a year, so it seems appropriate to take a moment to look back at all that’s happened over the last six months: Continue reading

Bonnes fêtes!

After a long hiatus, you’ve guessed one of my New Year’s Resolutions: more frequent blog posts! As we are about to leave for a slap-up Reveillon du Nouvel An meal at D’s parents, a quick message to say Continue reading

Jour J

I haven’t been very good at  writing recently, mostly because the Tuesday before last was D-day: the Flatmate’s final exit, heralding the end of squatting in the living room and a room of my own at last. Continue reading

La nuit du Quatuor

A few weeks ago, researching musical activities in Paris, I came across the ProQuartet website. It looked like just the thing I was after: ‘enhanc(ing) the recognition of chamber music and string quartet practice’. As well as playing opportunities, there was ‘La nuit du quatuor‘ coming up – 11 hours of string quartets performing through the night, for free, at the Musée de l’Orangerie, to a backdrop of Monet’s waterlilies. Continue reading


MeetupOn Sunday afternoon I went to my first ever Meetup.  Not long ago I didn’t know what Meetups were, although I had seen them from time to time in D’s calendar. In Paris there are around 800 Meetup groups covering pretty much every possible topic (I imagine London must be the same, though I was never aware of it!) Continue reading

Permit A38

I was wondering how long it would be before my first encounter with French bureaucracy, immortalised in Asterix for its ability to send people mad. Having lived in Germany for 9 months some time ago, I thought it shouldn’t pose too many problems. At that time, when attempting to sign up, register, or do anything official, I breezily presented my A4 wallet containing every piece of documentation I possessed, enabling me to rise above the petty frustrations of the uninitiated.  Continue reading



I’m aware I haven’t exactly been keeping up the momentum on my new blog. However, there has been a little hiatus in getting to know my new surroundings as we returned to England for a few days for a wedding. London did its best to prevent me regretting my departure by producing buckets of rain and very autumnal temperatures. After a walk from Temple up to Holborn we both had wet feet and the moisture had leaked into D’s rucksack.   Continue reading

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