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5 Skills I Learned from Living in Paris

After you get over the initial excitement of actually living in Paris, there's a second emotion that overcomes you. Panic. Living in Paris is hard. Not only is there a language barrier, but you always feel like you don't quite understand what it takes to get things done around here. Whenever you talk to someone in […] Continue

WORKING

Help! My Employer Wants to Do Sketchy Stuff with My Work Contract

Every so often, I get a question in my inbox from someone who's living in France and who needs help with something. I try to give advice whenever I can, and if the questions are applicable, I'll change some information, rewrite the question, and post it on the blog.  Today's question is from a girl […] Continue

TRAVEL

Weekend Trips: Verdun Battle Site and Cemetery

If you're interested in European history, you may want to visit Verdun in La Meuse, the site of one of the biggest and bloodiest battles of World War 1 and the impressive cemetery nearby. Only about 3 hours from Paris by train (change from the TGV to the local train in Metz or Meuse), Verdun […] Continue

BUREAUCRACY

3 Steps to Canceling Your Internet Service (Without Paying Fees)

The first time I left France, in 2008, I thought I'd canceled my internet service. I dropped my Orange Livebox off at an Orange boutique in my neighborhood and gotten a receipt, written a letter to the service abonnement, and sent it off with paperwork showing that my visa was expiring and I was leaving […] Continue

EDUCATION

How do I find a Test Center for the TCF, DELF, or DALF?

If you want to study independently in a French university, you’ll need to provide proof that your level of French is sufficient for being able to succeed as a student. For most universities, this means providing proof that you have at least a B2 level of French on the European Common Language Frameworks, a standardized […] Continue

LEISURE

4 Free and Pas Cher Activities for a Rainy Day in Paris

Winter in Paris is mostly rainy and cold, and it's going to stay lousy for at least a few more months. With tons of tourists in town for the holidays, the old fallbacks like the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay are hardly solutions: you'll spend more of your time waiting in line  than in the […] Continue

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