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

Friday May 18th, 2012

Have you ever thought about how movies reflect a country’s fears and dreams? One just needs to watch a few movies before going to a country and he can understand how the people in there will behave:P I will give you a few examples. Lebanese movies are all about war, death, destruction, bad memories, etc… … Continue reading

Tuesday May 15th, 2012

As of today, France has officially a new president; Nicolas Sarkozy left the Elysee (the French presidential house) and Francois Hollande came in. Just a few hours later, the country was about to have the smallest Presidential mandate of all time: the president’s plane was struck by lightning while on its way to Germany! It … Continue reading

Friday March 30th, 2012

When you’re living in a foreign country, it’s very important not to be nostalgic. Constantly living in the same culture and background that you were living in before will keep you attached to your home country, keep you missing it more day after day, and eventually probably fall into depression (at least I know this … 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

Sunday March 4th, 2012

Today is the grandmothers’ day in France; it’s the celebrated on the first Sunday of the month of March. Either they ran out of ideas for special days so they created one for the grandma’s, or they found that old people die alone in a lot of cases in France, so they thought that creating … 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 26th, 2012

People usually think that in “democratic countries” (i.e. the countries that have more money than others and that have more power over smaller countries) corruption does not exist, everybody is treated the same way, there is no distinction between the civilians and the people in the power. But the truth is totally different. For example, … Continue reading

Thursday February 23rd, 2012

It’s been three days that I haven’t written. In these three days the cold disappeared and thus on the news they can go back to concentrate on the presidential campaign. Also in these three days we have discovered that in 2011 the French watched the television in average 3 hours and 47 minutes, which means a … Continue reading

Monday February 20th, 2012

When you’re visiting a country, have you ever visited the back side of the country? You know when you leave the center of the capital with all its beautiful buildings, its architecture worthy of a post card, and its rich and happy citizens, and go visit the part of the city with its big buildings, … Continue reading