If, like us you tend to start any new year with 100 resolutions and you give up after a few days/ weeks. Here a list of 3 easy ones, that could also help you to get through this atypical year in the best way possible! 😉
1- Learn a new language
“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things but learning another way to think about things.” Flora Lewis
As I mentioned before, what’s worse than living in a country where we don’t speak the language? Living in our bubble doesn’t help much either when trying to integrate! Although some languages can be more attractive than others, you really must force yourself to learn. Believe me, I’ve been living in Germany long enough without speaking German to understand the struggle 😉
It took me almost 3 years to start pushing myself to learn. I personally used an online platform : Babbel and I would recommend it to everyone. It’s easy, engaging, and best of all, at your fingertips, online! It really helped me to warm to German and broke down lots of barriers to the language! ;’)
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2- Learn how to cook (with fresh products)
I realised that despite this lack of social life/ crazy nights, we’ve been forced to focus on what’s real and it is important to enjoy nice dinners and good wine at home with friends!
It also might also be a nice idea to prepare a special dish “made with love” and why not “from your country” so that your friends can also try something new, this is the core of expat life and experience! Last year we discovered a few companies that deliver great recipes and fresh ingredients to your home each week! (perfect if, you are usually running out of time!) Check out Hello Fresh! If you are in France, you can also check this one: www.quitoque.fr
3- Become (more) ecological
This is one thing that we are also working on, to improve our ECO footprint. We don’t have to change everything but, for instance, we can start using ecological products to wash our dishes after dinner or Apéro at home. We can decide not to use straws in our cocktails (except if they are made of Recyclable material like here).
During the Christmas holidays, we tried a kit from the French Start up Pousse Pousse : Make your own washing up soap! It’s easy to use and very cute, the box contains all the ingredients to make your own products. We absolutely loved it! From Monthly box subscriptions to online shop, this website offers pretty much everything to improve your eco footprint at home!
Each box contains a DIY kit to learn how to make products you can use on a daily basis, a selection of eco-responsible products and a magazine with zero waste advice and tips.
The expat blues are probably at the epicenter of peoples worries when moving abroad. However, at least in our opinion, this is still seen as a taboo that nobody really wants to bring up. As usual, Apéros Frenchies has your back! today, I decided to share some top tips with you guys based on my experience regarding this incredible but also not easy journey of being an expat. Hopefully these tips to handles those expat blues will help you to get through this difficult time!
We often move to a new country by ourselves and most often for a job opportunity. We say goodbye to our family, our friends and we jump into a new adventure not knowing exactly how long it will last. But keep in mind that this is an exciting feeling and that’s the reason why we are doing it after all, embrace the adventure and keep in mind that expat blues is part of the journey!
1 – Open your heart to a new relationship
Have you ever noticed that people are usually more open minded in your new adopted country than back home? The expat syndrome is contagious!
When we live abroad, we usually leave everyone behind and start a new life. We don’t have our family, our best mates or ex classmates to hang out with anymore. It’s hard to socialise and make real connections. So, if you don’t take this opportunity to open your heart to unknown people, you can possibly end up by yourself at home feeling this expat blues. (And this is probably not what you are looking for! 😉
Why not go for some drinks with your colleagues afterwork and take this opportunity to build relationships. You can break the ice by asking some simple questions such as if they already lived abroad or moved to another city. It helps to break the ice and maybe you will find some common points to chat about. The main thing is that you put yourself out there and make an effort, trust me, you won’t regret it! Who knows, maybe you will meet your best mate or long-time partner in the process 🙂
2 – Try to socialise as much as possible
Yes, I know, it’s easy to say and especially during this lockdown time where we’d rather be tucked up and cosy at home.. but don’t be lazy, take this chance and remember that we always meet people for a reason! Why not ask this easy-going friend to go for a walk / run or to grab a coffee outside and tell him/her to bring a friend or two?
Never underestimate this spontaneous catch up, because sometimes that is how you make the best – unexpected – connections! By the way, we often say in French “Les amis de mes amis sont mes amis” (My friends’ friends are my friends). Get it?
3 – Use social networks
I have seen many times in the different countries/cities I have livedin, people posting in expat groups asking to meet new friends. It takes courage to do it, but I am pretty sure that most of them met some cool people to hang out with or good friends, you have nothing to lose!
Don’t be ashamed to ask, there is absolutely no shame in this! we all went through it and most people would appreciate it because they are probably feeling the same way but are too afraid to take the initiative!
Even though I personally don’t use Facebook that much anymore it is a great network to share these kind of experiences and to join expat groups in your new city (or just our Apéros Frenchies’ page 😉 )
4 – Exercise the language part of your brain!
What’s worse than living in a country where we don’t speak the language? Living in our bubble doesn’t help much either when trying to integrate! Although some languages can be more attractive than others, you really have to force yourself to learn. Believe me, I’ve been living in Germany long enough without speaking German to understand the struggle. 😉 It took me almost 3 years to start pushing myself to learn. I personally used an online platform : Babbel and I would recommend it to everyone. It’s easy, playful, and best of all, at your fingertips, online! It really helped me to warm to German and broke down lots of barriers to the language! ;’)
5 – Organise small events at home
Due to the pandemic, the restrictions are different depending on the country you live in. However, if we cannot meet in restaurants or bars, generally you are still allowed to invite friends over (check the restrictions regarding your country).
I realized that despite this lack of social life/ crazy nights, we’ve been forced to focus on what’s real and it is important. Yes, Friday night fever is cool but what about a nice diner and good wine at home with great people? You can have some good chats, and even learn new things about your friends, such as musical ability!
For instance, it might be a nice idea to prepare a special dish from your country so that your friends can also try something new, this is the core of expat life and experience! Friends are always happy to discover new cultures! Also, don’t hesitate to check out our article Apéro at Home – Plan the Perfect Apéro! If, you are running out of time, we definitely advise you to have a look at this website! HelloFresh delivers great recipes and fresh ingredients to your home each week!
Don’t worry, if cooking is not one of your best skills, you can still order food from your local restaurant using the handy app and keep it easy!
Anyway, use this opportunity to ask friends about their feelings and how they handle their expat blues. You’d be surprised when you ask this question that you won’t be the only one who has mixed feelings! 😉
6 – Zoom Apéro from Apéros Frenchies
You probably know about us because you’ve been to our networking events, right? Or maybe someone told you to come! I will soon talk soon about the reasons that drove me to build Apéros Frenchies and organise those events. However, unfortunately, we cannot organise events right now but some of you asked us about some digital Apéros to connect all of you guys!
We have already done it a few times and we had a lot of fun! Let us know it is something you would like to do again!
BONUS Treat yourself! (One of my personal favourites)
Who said we couldn’t buy happiness? It’s true that happiness does not comprise of an online order, but it can contribute! (Raise your hand if you agree!)
By the way, maybe you already checked it out before, but we have also written an article about our favourite products to buy especially tailored to a busy expat lifestyle!
Also, if like me, you crave delicious French chocolate, I can give you a tip, you can definitely buy a bit of happiness here! (That’s my personal secret but don’t shout it too loud!)
That’s it for today guys! I hope I helped you a bit regarding your expat journey with these top tips to handle these expat blues. Please, don’t hesitate to comment on our Facebook post if you have other ideas to share or would like to find out more and don’t forget to follow our Instagram page too!
Remember: You mum always told you “don’t talk to strangers!” ? BREAK THE RULES!
Un Bon vivant, is someone who knows how to enjoy good food, good wine and is devoted to sensual enjoyment. Truth be told, as I’m sure many of you already know), this completely defines the Apéros Frenchies team! After seeing this new original French brand Le Chocolat des Français in a few exclusive Parisian shops, it really aroused our curiosity and we decided to taste it ourselves and see what all the fuss was about!
You can probably imagine the excitement when the doorbell rang and we discovered this beautiful & extravagant product from Le Chocolat de Français! How quickly did we taste it? Let’s keep that secret for now but believe us.. we couldn’t resist for too long! Firstly, each product is wrapped in a bold coloured packaging designed and signed by different artists. Playing around with France’s pop culture imagery, each illustrator brings a unique touch to this brands’ assortment!
Secondly, tender milk, dark & salt, milk with salted caramel, crispy milk and dark with cocoa nibs, no doubt that we found at least one taste to please our papilles! Verdict : we recommend le chocolat de français 100%!
Established in 2014 by three friends, Le Chocolat des français manufactures in France Gourmet chocolates using natural-only ingredients; perpetuating the French tradition for chocolate craftsmanship. 100% pure cocoa butter, without any palm oil or conservatives, its recipes received many awards for their quality.
Already thinking about that Christmas feast with family and friends? It’s time to book your ticket home folks! We know that travelling can be stressful especially these days, but we have the perfect solution! Let us introduce you to this new revolutionary platform… flexoffers
Every time we need to book a ticket in Europe we personally always use Trainline. This service allows us to find the best deal and saves us time and money. You can travel by train across 24 country in Europe. So, If you haven’t booked your trip yet, it’s time to check it our and enjoy a hassle free experience!.
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Bonjour folks! Even though it doesn’t seem like it, Christmas is just around the corner. After a tough year of stress, frustration, and fear, it’s finally time for some little sparkles in our lives. As an active expat, you might feel like you often run out of inspiration or time to spoil your love ones (or yourself). But dear, pas de panique: Apéros Frenchies decided to give you a hand this year. So look no further, these are your top 5 Must haves for a busy traveller!
Although travelling for leisure has come to a bit of a standstill, essential Business travel is still taking place! This suitcase arranger is just the last piece an active traveller would need. Straight from your suitcase to the wardrobe (and vice versa) this portable wardrobe takes away the stress of packing and unpacking and save you a lot of time!
What is worse than starting a day without a good coffee? We know that while traveling we can easily not have good coffee at hand.. But not anymore! With this Minipresso, you can enjoy a delicious espresso whenever, wherever. Minipresso is an espresso machine that doesn’t need batteries. It was designed for people with an active lifestyle, but its quality design and user-friendliness make it a great machine for all caffeine lovers to get their coffee kick!
Whether you are a work out buff or you just love a fresh, healthy juice at work, you can make all kinds of smoothies with this magic portable blender! Vegetables, fresh fruits, spices: fill up the bottle with whatever you llike, turn it on and enjoy!
After a hard day’s work, can you think of anything better than a good foot massage to unwind? Now, instead of having to bribe your loved ones, this foot massager can knead, roll, and even apply air pressure. There’s sure to be a few green-eyed monsters. Hop on the good foot and do the… good thing!
Have you spent your time working from your home office, eating chocolate and heavy winter food,is this making you feel guilty? Add a constant but comfortable resistance to your workout with the one pound Bala Bangles wrist and ankle weights, helping to burn fat and build muscle. For yoga, running, aerobics, pilates, walking, traveling, home workouts, core training. You name it! Bala Bangles are made of the highest quality fitness materials and come in a range of colours! Allez, 3, 2, 1.. C’est parti!
Since we are on the topic of travel, perhaps you need to plan a trip somewhere in Europe? Either for business or to return home for Christmas? Why not check out our partner Trainline! Make sure to check out this platform and save time and money! 🙂
Perhaps, if you have not seen our website yet, feel to have a look at our latest articles and recommendations! 😉
Tired of not traveling and can’t bare to spend one more weekend in your city? It’s time to explore the country, guys! Discover Cologne from a new perspective. Experience the city from an URBAN LOFT point of view, entailing art, food, drink, music, and most of all, fun!
A few weeks ago, we were traveling around Cologne. We were curious to discover this new design & young concept from Amaron group: Urban Loft Cologne. Co-working space by day, hotel by night, it is located just few minutes away from the central station, which is perfect when you arrive by train it also offers all the facilities to visit the city.
With young friendly and really welcoming staff, we felt at home as soon as we arrived!
Art connoisseur? You would love their exhibitions from the bottom to the top! Every room is meticulously decorated with paintwork from local and international artists.
Rooftop lovers? Have a drink and relax on the terrace. Don’t take our word for it, experience it yourself.
Sports addict? Don’t worry, this place have a nice, furnished gym where you can work out at anytime and detox from the previous night out 😉
As we say “après l’effort le réconfort” make sure you enjoy the unconventional breakfast to kick off a new adventurous day in Cologne.
NB: All the products served or offered at this hotel, are eco and made locally in Cologne!
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Cocktails lovers? Check out the Little Link, a speakeasy cocktail bar which appeals greatly to mixologist buffs.Delicious drinks, tranquille atmosphere & efficient bartenders!
Known as one of the hottest spots in town, Les Bains Paris just re-opened on September 17th with an unprecedented concept “Les Bains Confidentiels”:becoming the confidential meeting point of partygoers in the City of Lights. Discover this place from a whole new perspective!
Parisian Night Owl? This place is probably no secret for you anymore, but due to the pandemic, Les Bains has been closed since March 2020. Known for its traditional baths or for the select club where famous DJs became residents, this place is the HQ for all those cravings an evening in town with good vibes, artisan cocktails in trendy venues..We have some good news for our night owls, they just re opened their restaurant, Roxo, a few weeks ago with an unconventional diner format.
Birthday diner? Private event? Romantic evening? Les Bains & La Riposte Agency are rolling out the red carpet for their guests.Offering you a plethora of diner / cocktail options, all of which are original and intimate.
From the dining room, you can enjoylive music while savoring a delicious diner; word on the street is that they even booked some emerging artists from the French Pop scene.
But that’s not all, you can also spend your evening dining or savoring cocktails in some unique areas that have been unveiled especially for the occasion. Whether it’s in the iconic club, where so many stars have taken to the dance floor… in the legendary swimming pool…or in the hotel’s penthouse suite your evening will take an unprecedented twist.
For those who prefer a more intimate atmosphere, then, pick the Chinese Secret Salon. With a private chef cooking before your eyes, get ready to be blown away by French excellence. Oh la la.
Look no further for the unique diner experience you’ve been craving in Paris, France, we’ve got your back with this exclusive opportunity for unconventional diner!
Apéros Frenchies events are up and running in Paris, and we are very excited, to say the least! There’s still a few months of summer sunshine to go, so have a look at where we’ve been partying, and we hope to see you there next time. Whether you prefer courtyards, terraces, or even boat parties.. we’ve selected only the best for you. So here it is, our top summer spots in Paris!
We wouldn’t do summer without a boat party and we are glad to have Off en Seine on our list! The infinity pool and immense views over the river Seine gave this year’s boat party a special edge. Moored at the foot of Austerlitz station, Offen Seine is Paris’ first hotel and bar that is located directly on the water.
There was a DJ Set, awesome people, and special cocktails by Citadelle and Sense of Spirits, served just for you. What a great place to party!
Who doesn’t love a rooftop party whilst the sun sets over Paris? This trendy location is the perfect place for our Apéros Frenchies’ events. Tell a friend to tell a friend, it’s going to be amazing, and we are looking forward to seeing you there next time!
If you cannot make it for our Afterwork, have a look while it is still sunny and warm! Flow le Roof is open everyday from Monday to Friday (5:00pm – 02:00am) and Friday- Sunday (03:00pm- 02:00am). And Le Quai is open everyday (09:00am to 02:00 am).
Fancy a city escape to the jungle? Just a few steps away from Canal St Martin, this 4 star hotel offers an enjoyable evening with new and old friends, whilst surrounded by nature’s greenery. If you weren’t able to join us, you can always stop by as it’s one of our top locations in Paris, and have a drink (or two?)
Keep an eye on our events page, and we’ll see you next time!
Urban flair, tasty cocktails, panoramic views over the Alps. Munich’s rooftop bars provide the perfect location for your summer nights out. We’ve put together the best rooftop locations for your summer in Munich!
The Terrace is located at the top of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. This bar has a great atmosphere and is one of Munich’s best-kept secrets for asian inspired al fresco dining and sipping on cocktails. Guests are accompanied by a stunning view of Munich, including the twin domes of the Munich Cathedral and the sunset over the Alpine horizon. Does it get much better?
The Goldene Bar creates unique cocktails that are made just for you. Of course, you can order from the standard menu, but why not tell them your favourite (and worst) flavours, and be pleasantly surprised with what the talented bartenders rustle up!
Located behind the Haus der Kunst, and the Englischer Garten, the terrace and stays sunny until late, and the beautiful sunset will go down nicely with your new favourite cocktail.
Oh, and if you need another good reason to come, this place is a meeting spot of the Eisbach-surfers …need we more? 😉
Flushing Medows is one of the best hidden rooftops in Munich. The vintage interior of this cosy rooftop bar invites you to relax and chill out with friends while being served the finest creation of cocktails. It’s a great place to enjoy the view over the city in the evenings!
The café Vorhoelzer is located at the top of the the architecture faculty of the Technische Universität München, and offers a view over the Pinacoteca museums. The entry is quite tricky to find, but hey, it’s a somewhat secret location for students! Perhaps you’ll make new friends whilst finding your there. Oh, and if you get hungry, feel free to order something to eat too!
This summer-pop-up bar is located on the roof of the Alpina Parking House, not far from the main train station. Kulturdachgarten is a great example of green city projects: The entire bar, seats and decoration are made from recycled materials.
If you’re hungry after a long day of work, taste the Indian vegetarian meals – they’re delicious.
Do we still need to introduce you to this French Gin Brand from Maison Ferrand?
Simply garnish with a fresh lemon peel and voilà, you’re set. The size and shape of the peel, straight or twisted, large or small, does not matter as long as it’s fresh. Just mix Citadelle and a high quality tonic water, and you’ll have crafted the perfect drink in no time.
Once served, it emanates herbaceous notes of juniper and anise. Then, the spicy cinnamon side softens the nose, bringing a very gourmand dimension to the gin.
Sweet from the grape but keeping the intensity from the Cognac, those ready-to-sip cocktails sparkle up your summer evenings! Sense of Spirits create inspiring and timeless lifestyle drinks and strive themselves to introduce new ways to let people enjoy cognac differently!
Check out their website and get 15€ off with our promo code APEROSFRENCHIES for any order up to 75€.
Lillet is an aperitif wine, made from Bordeaux grapes along with macerated fruit liqueurs, which gives it a pleasantly fruity, but not overly sweet, character.
You had the chance to discover this brand during many of our events in Europe, and during the lockdown too. Let’s stick to fresh long drinks that are easy to do at home. No need to be a professional, it’s easy as 1, 2, 3 and your guests’ reactions will be priceless.
Pour 5cl of Lillet Blanc into a glass full of ice cubes. Add 10cl of tonic water and a slice of cucumber. Decorate with one strawberry and a mint leaf. Et voilà!
Preparing a wedding or a private event? Lillet is our personal recommendation. Their univers fit perfectly with the dreamy and magical atmosphere of such an occasion. Don’t hesitate to contact us for any requests.
Going to the south of France this summer? If so, add “taste the pastison” to your to-do list , one of the most refreshing drinks for hot summer days. The name pastis originally comes from the Provençal and means ‘mix’. It now refers to the French aniseed-flavored liqueur with an alcoholic strength of 40% or 45%, for a pastis from Marseille.
How to drink a Ricard? Pour 2,5cl of Ricard into a glass. Add cold water to dilute it. The water will instantly and magically transform your pastis from a clear amber color to a milky greenish-yellow.
Sip slowly on a sunny terrace at the end of the afternoon. Although, if you are not a big fan of the classical pastis, check out their new edition Ricard Plantes fraiches, made with anise exclusively from fresh plants grown on the Valensole plateau in Haute-Provence (France).
We hope we helped you planning your summer Apéros! Don’t forget to feature @aperos_frenchies on your Instagram stories or posts, we can’t wait to share them! Santé!