Hello and welcome! This blog is about expat life in France, teaching English abroad, traveling around Europe for cheap, and lots more.

Here’s how it all got started. A few years ago, I moved to France and spent four years in Paris and Lyon. I taught English in private language schools, in a high school as a TAPIF language assistant, and at the university level as a lectrice. I also ate a lot of croissants.

Recently, I moved back to California to dive into the world of localization. I’m currently in San Francisco, eating tacos and taking pictures of pastel houses.

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    1. Thank you so much! I feel super special! I can’t wait to answer the questions when I get back from Barcelona and get settled in Paris (just for a month! Then I’m back to Lyon 🙂

  1. Just stumbled upon your blog; enjoyed reading your lectrice-related posts as I’m currently working as a lectrice in Lyon 🙂 Likewise I have a dislike for French cheese… and also wine, much to the bewilderment of the French! Luckily the croissants, baguettes and other boulangerie goodies more than make up for this. Look forward to reading more of your posts 🙂

    1. Hi Rosie! Thank you, I’m glad you liked my posts! I wish I had written more about being a lectrice, but I’m sure you know from personal experience how busy the job keeps you 🙂 I agree that the boulangerie makes up for France’s defaults. I always went to get myself a pain aux raisins when I was particularly frustrated with French bureaucracy!

  2. I have just came across your blog and I think its brilliant. I am your new & big fan! Firstly, I love the spirit of travelling, exploring France but not only. I respect you for your passion to discover new things, places, being open to new cultures, staying courious, raking great photos, writing very interesting articles. I wish you all the best and continue enjoy the world. If you are back in Lyon give me a shout, it would be a pleasure to meet you. I, mylsef, felt in love with this amazing city…I moved here for LOVE….but I could not speak any French so nowadays I learn it …its beautiful language but so difficult, isnt it? Anyway, Jadore Lyon by Shopaholicfromhome it is me: http://www.shopaholicfromhome.com

    1. Thank you Aga!!! That is so nice of you!! Lyon is AMAZING, I miss it so much!! I hope to be back sometime later this year. French can be a tricky language for sure. I learned SO much my first year in France, and I’m still learning new things all the time. If you don’t know Comme Une Français TV yet, definitely check it out (she is based in Grenoble and has a website and a YouTube channel, one of the best resources for everyday French.)

      I’m so impressed by how much you have written, how do you find the time?! I wish I had found your blog while I was still in Lyon! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your nice comment 🙂

      1. I suspect that’s a trait shared by many of us – though I also imagine it’s personality-dependent too. I used to have the same feeling towards a lot of the drawings/ paintings I did for A-Level Art, and still have it with some of my posts if I feel they’re not as good as they could be… but blogging isn’t my job, so c’est la vie!

  3. Dear Rosie,

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful information you share on your blog! It is very useful and interesting for someone who is currently doing TAPIF and looking to continue to teach in France. Your blog saves me in the time of complete panic and the lack of hope.

    I had a question, and I am so not sure if I’m posting it in the right place, since I don’t have experience in blogging. Have you ever had any experiences working as an enseignante contractuelle in secondary education? My TAPIF visa runs out on May 27, and I am offered a contract until the end of the school year as a contractuelle. The problem is next year. The Academie de Créteil say that they will provide a letter to the prefecture saying they will need me next year, but I will only have my contract in September. The academy says “the prefecture might prolong your titre de séjour or they may not”. Thus I am hesitant to take this contract, since it is next year that I am worried about.

    I am sorry for such a wordy commentary, I’m just a bit at my wits end here and near a total break down and no one seems to be capable of giving responses.

    Thank you so much in advance !

    Best wishes,


    1. Hi Tanya,

      Thanks for your message! I completely understand how stressful it can be to be in visa limbo. I have never been an enseignante contractuelle, but I did have a situation when I thought my visa was sorted for my first year as a lectrice, but actually I needed to go through La Direccte to get permission to work, but I didn’t know and they sent me a scary letter! It was a situation where they needed a contract, but I wouldn’t get it until later. It all worked out – the prefecture accepted my dossier, but I had to go back after I had the rest of the paperwork before I could get my carte de séjour. However, that was in Lyon, and it may or may not work the same way in Créteil.

      I think there’s a good chance it will be fine, but since you’re in a different situation in a different area, I recommend joining a Facebook group for expats or English teachers in France/Paris to see if anyone has more relevant knowledge. Best practice: search the group first to see if someone has already posted your question, and if you don’t find an answer, then post your situation. People are usually very willing to advise – we’ve all been through bureaucratic struggles!

      I hope that you’re able to situation resolved – please report back if you like and let me know how it turned out! Good luck 🙂

      All the best,


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