Category: Expat Advice

7 Thing I wish had Known Before I Moved Abroad

It’s ironic really, my blog’s name is My Life Living Abroad but I’ve never actually written a post about how I moved abroad and more specifically, how on earth I managed to get all my stuff over here! It was a bit of a logistical nightmare at the time and even now, almost 8 years […]

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How to apply for French Nationality – Part One

Find out if you’re eligible to apply First things first, if you want to apply for French nationality you need to find out if you are eligible to apply. This information can be found on the servicepublic.fr website but, it’s only in French, so here’s a short translation: Nationality by Declaration through marriage to a […]

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What Happens When You’re Sick in France

I often pride myself on the fact that I can answer a lot of administrative questions about life in France. I know how to get a social security number, how to rent an apartment, how to pay taxes, how to open a bank account and even, how to get French nationality. However, this past week […]

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How to: Rent an Apartment in Paris (without losing your mind)

WE DID IT! WE ACTUALLY FOUND AN APARTMENT! I almost couldn’t believe it when I put my pen to paper and signed for our new apartment, it was such a relief! This was my first time really looking for an apartment and trust me, finding a flat in or around Paris isn’t easy. You need […]

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How to get invited to Paris Fashion Week!

Thanks to the wonderful Melissa (Melissa in Paris), I recently got the chance to go to a Paris Fashion Week Party for Fashion magazine Wheretoget. The party reminded me of just how much I love and enjoy the PFW scene (and no, not just because of the free Moët!) In the summer of 2015 I actually got the […]

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How to: Get Translation Help in Paris

I recently noticed that one of the most popular questions on the Expatriates in Paris Facebook group is: “Where can I find a reasonably priced certified translator?” As anyone who lives here knows, the French administrative services are obsessed with red tape so getting things done in France is a lot more complicated than in other […]

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How to: Avoid Apartment Scams in Paris

So here’s the problem: After seeing several posts on various Expat pages on Facebook, I am sick and tired of seeing innocent people get scammed. It makes me so angry that people who are moving to Paris, or even already living here, are losing their money to criminals. Criminals who are using our safe spaces […]

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Getting Tested in Paris

Let’s be honest here, a lot of expats who have been living here for a while have probably wondered about getting tested at some point. I know, I know, getting tested for STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) in beautiful Paree isn’t exactly the most romantic thing ever but it’s what responsible adults do. The problem is, it’s very difficult […]

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Surviving French Kids – The Au Pair Special

Until I started working with French kids, I didn’t realise that they have an entirely different vocabulary to French adults. They use an array of wonderful words that are both delightful and confusing for non-native French speakers. I have learned so many new words since I began working with children, many of which are vital when […]

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5 Tricks of the Trade for Paris

No one can deny that Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is however, a very expensive city and can leave your pockets feeling considerably lighter than when you arrived. This blog will help you and your visiting friends and family to save a little money, that you can of course, subsequently […]

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