Sunday June 17th, 2012


I had a very interesting chat with our building custodian the other day. It turned out this guy has been working in the building since 1985, and has been at this job for 40 years now (he worked in another city before). With his salary, he was able to buy a small apartment in our … Continue reading

Thursday April 26th, 2012


There was a strike of the public buses’ drivers in Lebanon today. The funny part is that it wasn’t really noticed in the country; since not a lot of people use the public transportation, with or without it won’t affect the working class much. There was a strike of the public transportation in Lille a … Continue reading

Friday April 6th, 2012


This week end is Easter week end; we’re going to spend it in Normandie, so expect another three days of break from me, and then another rush of pictures when we return 🙂 On Easter Sunday, one of the traditions in Lebanon is to play a little game with eggs called “Egg tapping“. The principle … Continue reading

Thursday March 29th, 2012


In Lebanon we do not have presidential elections, we only have deputies elections, and then they will elect the ministers that will, in their turn, elect the president. In France they do have presidential elections, and they are taking place in April and May of this year. How do we choose which deputy to vote … Continue reading

Friday March 9th, 2012


(Exceptionally for the coming days I will be writing the blogs with a few delays; we had some friends visiting and was not able to write everything in due time). Today is the Teacher’s day in Lebanon, and as weird as it sounds, this day does not exist in France! I used to think that … Continue reading

Wednesday February 29th, 2012


Because 2012 is the year where the French presidential elections are taking place, and because economic crisis is around the corner, they are talking a lot on the news lately about French factories that are closing. Whether they used to make cloths, cars, any kind of manufacturing, very big factories are closing shops in France … Continue reading

Sunday February 19th, 2012


Have you ever been robbed in France? You go to the police station (called “Hotel de Police” when it’s the initial station, maybe to make people feel more comfortable), and the first thing they ask is how you are and if you’re feeling fine; there is even a shrink that you can visit without an … Continue reading

Friday January 13th, 2012


These French don’t know how to do politics; it’s not meant for them. They should just keep on doing wine and cheese; they’re better in these areas. Why am I saying this? I will explain. Yesterday Sarkozy was in Lille (for something I don’t know what, it’s not important for us now). Before he left … Continue reading

Thursday January 12th, 2012


There’s a new Mobile operator in France; it’s an internet operator that decided to enter the court and play with the big people. The fun part is that this guy is playing tough: his prices are cut off by half, if not by more. The ad said that the offer is only for the first … Continue reading

Sunday November 27th, 2011


How do you spend you Sundays usually? I know that our Sundays in France are a lot different than what we used to have in Lebanon (or what we’ll probably have when we’ll get back). In here Sundays are mainly at home: wake up late, do some cleaning, some cooking, catch up on the books … Continue reading