(the misadventures of an expatriate corporate dropout)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

une bière avec le déjeuner.

Yes, my friends, it is true. One of the joys of being a corporate dropout is one can partake of refreshing beverages previously disallowed during the weekday hours of 9:00 to 5:00. Oh sure, technically one COULD imbibe at lunch, but all those disapproving frowns were so discouraging.

Guess what! One is still productive post-pression (French shorthand for a draft). Of course, when ordering a beer in France, there are many options. Une bière. Une bière pression. Un demi. or the old reliable "Stella". But I digress.

All I can say is ... don't hate! Carry on.


a quasi Frenchwoman said...

Hi, Kimberlee! I stumbled upon your blog while trawling the world wide web for American-in-France expat blogs because I, too, am in the process of pulling up stakes in the USA and moving to central France.

I just looked up your town of Brantôme in the "Michelin Road Atlas of France" because your sidebar noted that it was your new home and my husband has a good friend who lives in Neuvic-sur-l'Isle, which is southwest of Périgeux, just about the same distance as Brantôme is north.

We visited him a few years back from Le Blanc, east of Poitiers 60km, and made a day trip to Sarlat, Beynac, and La Roque Gageac. I remember it as a beautiful part of France. Perhaps you can write a bit about how you ended up in the area you have chosen.

On March 17th we shipped a 20ft container to Le Havre which should arrive on April 17th. After it clears Customs, it will be trucked down to Le Blanc where it will be unloaded by my husband, who flew to France on April 5th and won't be back until May 2nd.

I've been reading blogs by a variety of expats just to get a feel for how they are acculturating. It boggles the mind how many expats and blogs are out there!

I started one of my own, much like you did, called "Half Way to France" on blogger:


I've been lax about writing but I will continue as I complete other tasks associated with the move.

I like your blog so far and will come back to check up on you. I'd like to hear how it goes with your integration into your French community in Brantôme.


Kimberlee said...

Woo hoo! my first comment from someone I haven't met! but who knows what France holds in the future ... smile ... thank you VERY much for your feedback, and you are right, a bit more about why the Dordogne would be a good blog topic.

Looking forward to reading your blog and comparing notes, hope your shipping is a short story and not a saga!

best, Kim

Diane said...

I've been lucky in scoring jobs where drinking during the day hasn't been frowned upon. ;-)

Kimberlee said...

D-I aspire to your greatnesst! :-)